Sutherland Daily


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 […]


Too big to fail: If only banks made cupcakes

Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread, went bankrupt in 2012. It was actually the second recent bankruptcy the company had undergone, but this time it meant shuttering the company for good. Hostess had too much debt, particularly investor loans and employee pension debt. It also didn’t have enough cash in the […]

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Crowdfunding and ‘little platoons’

Want to see what a strong civil society looks like in practice? Then you need to meet Austin Niehus. Austin was born with Goldenhar Syndrome. The National Craniofacial Association defines Goldenhar syndrome as: A congenital birth defect which involves deformities of the face. Characteristics include: A partially formed or totally absent ear The chin may […]

Strategy vs. principle in protecting religious liberty – Sutherland Soapbox, 3/31/15

The various approaches to creating additional legal protections for religious liberty is a particularly relevant issue this week, given the passage of Indiana’s new religious freedom law, the subsequent protests of that law by the left, and Utah’s own unique approach to the issue. But before getting there, it’s important to understand why religious freedom […]