The second annual International Forum on Law and Religion was held this year in the Philippines, reported Mormon Newsroom.
"Religious freedom undergirds and is inseparably connected to all other freedom we cherish. It is the core right," Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told audiences during his keynote address.
The event was held in Manila on June 14, 2018. It was sponsored by the Brigham Young University Law School and the University of the Philippines College of Law, in cooperation with the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy. The Apostle also recently spoke with the Church News about participating in the forum.
Legal scholars and experts spoke on the topic of "Religous Freedom: Rights, Trends and Opportunities."
Elder Christofferson, a lawyer before his call to serve in the Twelve, spoke at the first plenary session. He expressed the importance of religious freedom and its connection to protecting all other rights, such as freedom of speech and individual liberty.
Other notable speakers included Dr. Brian J. Grim, president of the Religious Freedom and Business foundation, and Rüdiger Lohlker, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Vienna in Austria.
Several other speakers and organizations were involved in the event that aimed to help bridge the gap between secular and religious issues and bring societies closer together.
To learn more about the International Forum on Law and Religion, visit here.