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1. What should we do when protecting our rights seems to conflict with rights that others say are important to them?

It’s important to acknowledge that having different beliefs doesn’t mean ignoring the rights of others—in fact, it shouldn’t. Protecting religious freedom means protecting the rights of people with differing beliefs. That’s why everyone—even those who aren’t religious—has a stake in protecting religious freedom.

When conflicts arise, most often people of good will can find practical solutions to accommodate diverse needs. Remember that we’re seeking a balance for all groups rather than total victory for one group at the expense of others. While religious liberty is our first freedom, we need to focus on creating a space where everyone is free to act upon their core beliefs and values so long as they aren’t harming the health or safety of others. That’s fairness for all. We focus on shared values, discover where we agree, and then find solutions that don’t force any group to act in a way that goes against its core beliefs. (See, for example, the compromise from Utah House Bill 296.)

Learn more about how religious freedom relates to other rights.

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