Entries by Stan Rasmussen

Uncle Sam wants you … to conform, now

On Friday, May 13, in a move simultaneously appalling, consistent in pattern, and egregiously disrespectful and dismissive of active judicial proceedings, The Obama administration told U.S. public school districts across the country on Friday to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth. … Officials […]

The moral compass of religion

Among the seven Sutherland Institute governing principles is “Religion as the moral compass of human progress.” In “Turning back the tide of sexual promiscuity through religion,” an op-ed published Sunday in the Deseret News, scholar Jenet Jacob Erickson, Ph.D., shares insights that appear to underscore the linkage between human progress and the moral compass of […]

Acknowledging pornography as a public health crisis

Awareness of the threat that pornography poses to America’s health and society will top the agenda Tuesday morning at the Utah State Capitol as Governor Gary Herbert hosts a press conference and ceremonial bill signing. The focus of the event will be SCR 9 – Concurrent Resolution on the Public Health Crisis, a resolution recognizing […]

Our time for choosing

On Tuesday evening, March 22, many Utahns affiliated with the state’s two largest political parties will participate in their neighborhood precinct caucus meetings. In these gatherings, attending Republicans and Democrats will elect delegates to represent them at their respective upcoming county and state conventions where decisions will be made regarding one of now two paths […]

Testimony in support of HB 437 S3 (Health Care Revisions)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on March 8, 2016, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature in support of HB 437 3rd Substitute: Sutherland supports HB 437 3rd Substitute – Health Care Revisions because it strikes a good balance among several key considerations: (1) […]

Testimony in support of HB 340 (Telehealth Revisions)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on March 4, 2016, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature in support of HB 340 3rd Substitute. We appreciate Representative Ivory and Senator Christensen bringing this bill forward. Sutherland supports HB 340 because we believe that telemedicine technology is […]

Parents and family: Foundations of functional culture

With increasing frequency, respected thought leaders are discussing legitimate concerns about what passes for intelligent discourse in the current presidential campaign season – a particular lowlight of which is the element of anger. Not just a feature of the dialogue (so-called) among the candidates, it seems as if anger is becoming the one socially acceptable and […]

Testimony in opposition to HB 264 (End of Life Options Act)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Feb. 25, 2016, before the House Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature in opposition to HB 264 (End of Life Options Act). Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good morning, representatives. Stan Rasmussen representing Sutherland Institute. We appreciate and commend to […]

Testimony in support of HB 186 (Volunteer Health Care Continuing Education Credit)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, Feb. 19, 2016, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature in support of HB 186 2nd Substitute. Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, senators. Stan Rasmussen, representing Sutherland Institute. We commend Representative Lifferth for bringing this bill forward. […]