Elder Oaks gave a surprising endorsement of basic constitutional principles of the separation of Church and State although I still prefer a solid wall rather than his curtain. But I get the point that influences for good should filter from one side to the other. His speech was released by the LDS Newsroom, the official informational source for newsworthy items all approved at the highest levels of LDS Church leadership, under the heading:
NEWS RELEASE — 20 OCTOBER 2015
Mormon Apostle Calls for Balance and Accommodation, Not Culture Wars
I encourage you to read the article and watch or read his entire speech attached.
It delves into the difficult issues of conflict between religious belief and practices and the civil law. And Elder Oaks draws a clear distinction. Government officials should follow the law of the land as established by the ultimate interpretation of such by the US Supreme Court. Individual religious beliefs do not trump the law if you have a civic duty as a public official, specifically referencing county clerks who oppose same-sex marriage licenses. And religious beliefs, practices, and speech should be respected in the public arena.
"All sides should seek to contribute to the reasoned discussion and compromise that are essential in a pluralistic society. And none should adopt an “us vs. them” mentality."If only.