1.Conservatism and Religion
Religion is a key pillar of social order and civil society. Sutherland’s latest Governing Principles say, “Conservatism and Religion,” describes the role of religion and explains why the state must not usurp or denigrate religious activities.
“John Adams early asserted that religiously-derived morality was a prerequisite for a successful government under the Constitution. Alexis de Tocqueville said: ‘Religion, which, among Americans, never mixes directly in the government of society, should therefore be considered as the first of their political institutions; for if it does not give them a taste for freedom, it singularly facilitates their use of it.'”
“Religion as the moral compass of human progress” is one of seven Governing Principles that guide the Institute in its efforts to shape Utah law and policy. The first of the Governing Principles Series was released last week on “Family as the fundamental unit of society.” Other essays will be presented periodically and focus on Personal Responsibility as the basis of self-government, Private Property as the cornerstone of economic freedom, Charity as the wellspring of a caring community, Free Markets as the engine of economic prosperity, and Limited Government as a reflection of good government.
2.Sutherland Institute Releases Annual Report
The Sutherland Institute is pleased to report another successful year. We thank you for your support and hope you will take satisfaction in knowing that your investment in our organization has helped to make Utah a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
As we grow in size and influence in the community, our achievements naturally become more numerous. In the past year, we re-launched our website, www.sutherlandinstitute.org, and our clearinghouse of information on Utah’s schools, www.utahschools.org. We worked to pass several pieces of legislation, including tough new penalties for adults who seriously harm children. We were able to influence a Utah Supreme Court ruling that bolstered parental rights. We won a “Best of State” award for our Transcend Series, for the second year in a row. Sutherland President Paul T. Mero co-authored The Natural Family: A Manifesto, which has received high acclaim from conservative media across the country and serious condemnation by secularists!
As you make your year-end charitable contributions, we invite you to invest in freedom; to invest in long-term solutions; to invest in the Sutherland Institute. Your tax-exempt donations can be made online on our secure “Contribute” page or by mail, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. For more information, contact Liv Moffat at (801) 355-1272 firstname.lastname@example.org.
3.Sutherland Launches New Essay Series on Governing Principles
The Sutherland Institute today begins an original series on Governing Principles with a short, inaugural essay on the family. “The Place of the Family” explains the conservative’s conviction that the family is the basic and most important unit of society. In a time when the family is being attacked, the essay calls for conservatives to “look homeward for renewal and inspiration and watch outward to guard against incursions on the family’s prerogatives.” A free and prosperous Utah requires strong family structures. This means that every Utahn should value and respect legal marriage, children, and intergenerational bonds.
“Family as the fundamental unit of society” is one of seven Governing Principles that guide the Institute in its efforts to shape Utah law and policy. The Governing Principles series will be presented periodically and focus on the principles which include: Personal Responsibility as the basis of self-government, Religion as the moral compass of human progress, Private Property as the cornerstone of economic freedom, Charity as the wellspring of a caring community, Free Markets as the engine of economic prosperity, and Limited Government as a reflection of good government.