President of BYU-Idaho Clark Gilbert attended a gala for the Becket Fund of Religious Freedom with his wife, Christine Gilbert, in New York on May 12 and created a post on Facebook about the experience.
“The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths,” according to the official website of the Becket Fund of Religious Freedom.There are many church leaders who support the fund, according to the official website of the Becket Fund of Religious Freedom.
“(There were) powerful messages from Elie Wiezel, Armando Valladares; (I’m) grateful for so many friends of religious liberty around the country,” President Gilbert said.
President Gilbert said there were other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints at the event, including Elder Gary L. Stevenson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
“I express a particular word of appreciation to the Becket Fund for its many efforts on behalf of religious freedom,” said Pope John Paul II, according to the Becket Fund of Religious Freedom official website.
President Gilbert has made a number of Facebook posts about his activities throughout his presidency, and these posts have proven to be effective amongst viewers.
“Can I just say I love the fact that President Gilbert is so into the use of social media? He understands its importance and influence it brings to our generation,” said Laura Tedford in a comment on a Facebook post.
Jacqueline Godfrey, a freshman studying psychology, said she has found President Gilbert more relatable because he shares his experiences on social media.
“I find it empowering to know that the president of BYU-Idaho would take the time to meet with other prominent church leaders of different faiths to unite in one central purpose,” Godfrey said.