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Turn off the lights … why?

This weekend, many environmental activists are urging people worldwide to participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The purpose of this effort is to “use your power to change climate … Continue reading

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Why should we embrace religion?

Because freedom is the combination of liberty and virtue, religion provides a natural and voluntary source of moral guidelines to assist us in living virtuous lives. Human beings need and want to belong in communities. In a free society those … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute endorses SB 297

In our statement about SB 296 yesterday, we noted a need for additional religious liberty protections for “the ability of people of faith to act on their beliefs related to marriage without fear of retribution.” Today, Senator Stuart Adams introduced … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute statement on SB 296

At the time of the press conference by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on religious liberty, Sutherland Institute expressed its support for the principles those leaders outlined. Today, SB 296 has been introduced in an effort to (1) address concerns about … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 164 (Medicaid expansion)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 11, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 164 (Access to Health Care Amendments): Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of … Continue reading

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On Point video: 2015 Legislature gets into its groove

Watch “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson and Michelle Mumford, former assistant dean at BYU Law School, discuss the first week of the 2015 Legislature – including the topics of Medicaid expansion, gas tax, police-community relations, education funding, religious … Continue reading

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S.L. Tribune op-ed: No reason to rush a Utah anti-discrimination law

(Salt Lake Tribune) Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last week made an informative, thoughtful statement about the need to take a balanced approach to the connected issues of protecting the employment and housing rights of … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute endorses LDS Church’s principles on religious freedom and nondiscrimination

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release: Jan. 27, 2015 Sutherland Institute welcomes the helpful comments from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this morning on religious liberty and nondiscrimination. We endorse the principles outlined in the press … Continue reading

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Graphic: A bill’s long and winding road

Here’s a fun, easy-to-understand graphic on how a bill becomes a law in Utah. (Click to enlarge.) You can print it out and follow along with the 2015 Legislature …

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Our sympathies to Speaker Lockhart’s family

We extend our condolences to Speaker Lockhart’s family. We are deeply saddened that her serious illness and sudden passing bring to a close her remarkable life of personal and public service. Our prayers on her behalf now become expressions of gratitude … Continue reading

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Health care and a history of misleading the public

The government has a long history of misleading the public in order to pass legislation it wants. For instance, in the 1960s President Lyndon Johnson pressed his allies in Congress to suppress the true cost of his big health care … Continue reading

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See you next year!

Sutherland Daily is taking a Christmas-and-New-Year’s break. We’ll be back to offer more thought-provoking blog posts on Jan. 5. Thanks for reading and have a Merry Christmas!

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Sutherland Institute supports Health Reform Task Force recommendations

Sutherland Institute today released the following statement regarding the legislative Health Reform Task Force’s actions regarding Medicaid expansion: Sutherland Institute supports the decision of the Health Reform Task Force to recommend an approach to Medicaid expansion that focuses on the … Continue reading

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On Point video: Holly Mullen on rape culture, 12/5/14

In this episode of On Point, Holly Mullen, executive director of the Rape Recovery Center, discusses rape culture with “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson and Michelle Mumford, former assistant dean at BYU Law School. You can watch all the … Continue reading

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Healing heroes

This story illustrates how Utah veterans, prisoners and shelter dogs serve and heal each other through a beautiful series of connections (with plenty of photos and video). The dog is … a potential service animal, training to help free a … Continue reading

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