Entries by Stan Rasmussen

Open season on tolerance

As noted in a recent Sutherland Daily article, within days of the Boy Scouts of America’s July 27 decision rescinding the ban on gay adult Scout leaders, several commentaries by prominent LGBT-rights advocates declared open season on religious-freedom-based exemptions to newly declared rights based on same-sex attraction. Shortly thereafter, in a Catholic News Agency (CNA) […]

70 years ago

An unforgettable memory from my youth is a conversation a group of friends and I had with a neighbor who had been a pilot in World War II. Though many living in our area had similarly served their country during the war, we listened as this particular veteran shared a distinctive story; a horrific experience […]

Where do we go from here?

With the recent decision of the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to rescind the ban on gay Scout leaders, and the tenor of several significant commentaries published shortly thereafter, a critical question arises: Where do we go from here? Consider this, from the Human Rights Campaign Blog: As Boy Scouts of America Takes […]

… One giant leap for mankind

Forty-six years ago today, the world watched in wonder as fellow humans fulfilled the dream of millennia: Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walking on the moon. Achieving the goal pronounced by President John F. Kennedy a mere seven years earlier that “We choose to go the moon in this decade…,” the American astronauts brought […]

‘The Conservative Heart’

  Hmm, you’re thinking … the annual question: How to commemorate Bastille Day? Well, wonder no more: Swing by your favorite local bookstore today or go online and order a copy of The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America, by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute […]

Religious freedom event opens Monday at BYU

On Monday, July 6, through Wednesday, July 8, the BYU International Center for Law and Religious Studies will host their annual conference – Religious Freedom Annual Review: Fairness to All. The conference features important opinion leaders including Governor Gary Herbert, Utah State Senator J. Stuart Adams, Robin Fretwell Wilson, Alexander Dushku, W. Cole Durham Jr., […]

Liberty and eternal vigilance

  “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” – John Philpot Curran (1750-1817; Irish lawyer, judge and orator) Today, July 2, marks the 239th anniversary of the Second Continental […]

On the cusp of the Obamacare ruling

As the country anticipates the impending U.S. Supreme Court announcement of its decision in the King v. Burwell Obamacare lawsuit, journalist Katie Pavlich today provided an update on a key figure in the controversy. Over the past several years, Jonathan Gruber has made numerous statements regarding tax-credit subsidies on coverage purchased through federal exchanges that […]

The vulnerability of religious tolerance in the U.S.

Last Thursday, June 11, Senator Mike Lee delivered a significant and timely address in Washington, D.C. In Conserving Religious Liberty For All he said: …at this moment in our nation’s history, … cherished American ideals are being questioned, and in some cases threatened, as never before. Today I would like to discuss the challenges and […]

The freeborn mind

The annual ceremonies for college and university graduates have just concluded. In addition to a welcome harvest of newly minted academic survivors, the season again produced a bumper crop of commencement addresses – some entertaining, some inspiring and some not so. One that stands out among the highlights, and well worth taking a few minutes […]