Here is an important point made by Elder Dallin H. Oaks in a recent article titled:
Apostle Says Religious Freedom
Is Being Threatened
“Religious values and political realities are so interlinked in the origin and perpetuation of this nation that we cannot lose the influence of Christianity in the public square without seriously jeopardizing our freedoms,” Elder Oaks concluded. “I maintain that this is a political fact, well qualified for argument in the public square by religious people whose freedom to believe and act must always be protected by what is properly called our ‘First Freedom,’ the free exercise of religion.” - Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.