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Understanding Religious Freedom

4. Isn’t religious freedom really about forcing others to live the way we want them to?

No. Remember that religious freedom is not about forcing anyone to do anything. As Elder D. Todd Christofferson has said, religious freedom is important precisely because it gives everyone—religious or not—the “space to determine for ourselves what we think and believe” (“A Celebration of Religious Freedom,” interfaith address in São Paulo, Brazil, Apr. 29, 2015). It protects those of all faiths and no faith, not just our faith. We’re at our best as a society when we have a free and open exchange of ideas, something that can only happen when we honor our differences. 

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