Sutherland Daily


Oral arguments: an in-depth analysis

What did we learn from Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases? A caveat is necessary before answering that question. The answer most people are looking for when they listen to or read the arguments is: What will the court do? When the justices release their decision will they either (1) […]

The resilience of family culture

By the time you hear this, oral arguments will have concluded at the Supreme Court regarding the definition of marriage. Talking heads everywhere will be predicting what the justice’s questions and the opposing lawyers’ performances mean for the court’s final decision, and most of these will be wrong. I mean, can anyone remember the pundit […]


KSL Radio: Sutherland’s new hire

(Mary Richards, KSL) Eric Moutsos says he requested a different assignment last June because of his religious beliefs, but was put on leave instead. He now is Manager of Development at the Sutherland Institute. He had been a Salt Lake City police officer for seven years. Listen to the radio spot at this link.  A longer […]

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On Point: Developing women leaders

Pat Jones and Trish Hatch, who lead the new Women’s Leadership Institute, join “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson and Michelle Mumford, former assistant dean at BYU Law School, for this episode of On Point. The Women’s Leadership Institute, which will be formally launched on May 14, is working to encourage and train more […]


Are church walls meant to confine?

The current complexion of the debate about religious liberty has been shaped by three converging cultural streams: an increase in the size of government that has subjected increasing areas of public life to legal regulation, shrinking legal protections for religious liberty and acceptance of open hostility to religion. One obvious manifestation of this latter trend […]


ACLU suit tries to overturn reality

Last week, local news reported a lawsuit filed in federal court by Utah’s ACLU affiliate to force the state to recognize the same-sex spouse of a mother who conceived using “donor” sperm (these kinds of “donations” are typically paid for) from an anonymous man. The lawsuit points to a state law that allows the husband […]


Good servant, onerous master

A few weeks ago, the respected Utah Policy Daily online journal published an article wherein author Bob Bernick discussed a recent UPD/Dan Jones poll about the degree of trust citizens have in the different levels of government. About a third of all Utahns say the federal government affects their lives the most, Jones found. But, […]


Thoughtful environmentalism

Tomorrow is Earth Day, which creates a good opportunity to reflect on the need for a thoughtful and reasonable approach to environmental stewardship and conservation. This need can readily be seen after considering the risks that radical environmental ideology, which dominates environmental thinking on the left today, poses to human freedom and prosperity and the […]


Out of intergenerational poverty

At the end of March, the state issued a report on intergenerational poverty. This is the third annual report and was commissioned in legislation from 2013, the Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act, which urged state government agencies to take steps to create a measureable decrease in the rate of intergenerational poverty. The report was issued by […]