Sutherland Newsletter – September 3, 2009


The September 22, 2009 issue of the Sacred Ground Initiative Update (SGI Update), a weekly email publication of Sutherland Institute, highlighted a recent significant address by Elder Bruce C. Hafen of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The presentation was given on September 19, 2009 at the annual conference of Evergreen International, an organization focused on helping individuals diminish and overcome same-sex attraction and behavior.


Elder Hafen is the former provost of Brigham Young University (chief academic officer) and dean of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.  His professional areas of expertise include constitutional law and family law.  In his discourse, Elder Hafen identified and refuted four misconceptions that activists try to establish as facts in their effort to influence policymakers and the public: 1) That same-gender attraction is an inborn and unalterable orientation; 2) That therapy cannot treat, let alone change, same-gender attraction; 3) That most Americans favor same-gender marriage, and the LDS church is outside the mainstream in opposing it; and 4) That there are no rational, non-religious reasons for opposing same-gender marriage.


Read the full transcript of the address, “Elder Bruce C. Hafen Speaks on Same-Sex Attraction.”


The SGI Update is a resource for citizens interested in becoming better informed about family policy issues – including same-sex marriage and “gay rights.”  It is provided at no cost to recipients.   If you wish to subscribe to the SGI Update  please send an email requesting that your email address be added to the distribution list.


The next edition of the SGI Update and regular Thursday edition of the Sutherland Insititute Newsletter will include full coverage of Sutherland’s Sacred Ground Initiative event, Family and Faith Matter: Why Utah Holds to Sacred Ground, to be conducted this evening, Thursday, September 24, at the Provo Tabernacle.  The program features Joe Cannon, editor of theDeseret News; JoAnne Roberts, a mother and resident of Provo; and Paul Mero, president of Sutherland Institute.



On Tuesday evening, September 29, Sutherland Institute will host another of its popular “Blogger Briefing” sessions, at 7:00 pm.  The institute will be releasing a short new video, the impetus for which is a thought provoking response to the celebrity “I Pledge” video recently played at a public school in northern Utah.  Bloggers interested in receiving invitations to the September session and future Briefings – which will be conducted quarterly – should send their email and blog addresses to