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SALT LAKE CITY — September 21, 2009 — On September 24, 1909, then-Senator George Sutherland, the namesake of Sutherland Institute, and U.S. President William Howard Taft spoke to an “enthusiastic assemblage” at the Provo Tabernacle.  On Thursday, September 24, 2009 — exactly 100 years later — Sutherland Institute will host Family and Faith Matter: Why Utah Holds to Sacred Ground at the historic building in downtown Provo from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (MT).


As part of the Institute’s Sacred Ground Initiative, the event will feature Joe Cannon, editor of the Deseret NewsJoAnne Roberts, mother, grandmother and concerned citizen from Provo; and Paul Mero, president of Sutherland Institute.  Cannon will address secularism and the importance of maintaining a faith-based culture, while Roberts will address ways to educate and protect the family. Mero will speak on the importance of protecting marriage and family in the law.


This is a private gathering for people of goodwill who believe the family is the fundamental unit of society.  While there is no charge to attend, contact information and registration confirmation are required to reserve a seat.  Those wishing to attend may register online at https://www.sutherlandinstitute.org/event.asp, or by calling Dave Kimball at 801-355-1272.