In response to your speech of October 13, 2009, at BYU-Idaho, I will not be joining you in the “march” against Prop 8 proponents. I realize that “there is a battle underway,” but I am on the other side, along with the likes of Harry Reid, Marie Osmond, and Steve Young’s wife. For me this is a civil rights issue and not a religious one. And I agree with Harry Reid, there must be more important ways for my church to spend its time and money.
Also I don’t see atheism as a major threat to religious freedom. You act as if atheism is something new. I remember in 1966 Time Magazine published the following question on its otherwise black cover: “Is God Dead?” Atheism has always been with us and it always will be. I think a bigger threat to religious beliefs among Mormons is the Church’s occasional anti-science positions. For example, you seem to doubt the biology behind homosexuality. Also, Church leaders and some members have been and still are anti-evolution. Many members doubt historians, archeologists, geologists, and biologists and still believe in a literal flood covering the entire Earth. When Mormon students go to university and find out that much in the Old Testament is not literally true, it has potential to shake their faith.
I did enjoy your example of what has occurred in the last few years in Mongolia. But you failed to develop the issue of the recent downfall of “godless” communist regimes in the Europe and Asia, and the reestablishment of religious institutions in these areas. In many ways, you can make an argument that religious freedom is on the rise worldwide. And also that the biggest threat to religious freedom worldwide is not atheism, but is fundamentist religions, be they Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, etc.