Entries by William C. Duncan

Vision for Religious Freedom

True equality requires the protection of religious liberty. Religious freedom ensures equal treatment for all of God’s children. To understand the former, one need only contemplate the contradiction in values, morals and logic contained in this scenario: A demand for equality leads to legal protection of an individual’s right to their core belief and expression […]

December’s milestones of religious freedom: from Becket’s martyrdom to Bill of Rights

The action of T.S. Eliot’s play Murder in the Cathedral takes place right after Christmas in 1170, culminating in the martyrdom of Thomas Becket on Dec. 29. Though only touched on incidentally in the play, which is far richer than a political tract, the story of Thomas is an archetypal struggle between secular and religious […]

Intolerance of judge’s religious belief puts her career in danger

Probably thanks to both increased attention and heightened conflict, every few weeks or so, we see a new story featuring a conflict over religious belief and a new intolerance of those beliefs when they are contrary to current philosophies of family and sexuality. The most recent example is the criticism of hosts of a television […]

Schools as culture-war battlefields

There always seems to be a temptation to introduce political battles into public schools. Like the military (also often a site for social experimentation), they are created and managed by the government, so policymakers can use them – or rather the children who attend them – to try out new ideas and to advance contested […]

Civil rights report’s ‘finding’ on religious groups is wrong and dangerous

Seventeen religious leaders, representing faiths with millions of adherents, recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Orrin Hatch asking them to repudiate a recent report of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. These officials are responsible for the makeup of the commission. The report, Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Non-Discrimination […]

LGBT advocates sue Utah schools

Local and national organizations have announced that they will pursue a federal lawsuit to change the curriculum of Utah schools on marriage and sexuality. A federal lawsuit – which prematurely ends the conversation – is not the way to address this issue. Most importantly, it prevents the participation of Utah parents, who have the primary […]

What’s next for family policy?

(Part 1 of 2) Before the U.S. Supreme Court acted to end the national debate over the meaning of marriage last year, a prominent feature was a dispute over the meaning of history – specifically the fact that marriage had been understood virtually universally as the union of a husband and wife across time and […]


Earlier this week, The Spectator published an article that’s equal parts interesting, humorous and distressing. It chronicles the rise of sologamy—the practice of “marrying” oneself. It’s hard to know how much of a rise we are really talking about since the article only profiles a few instances of the practice, but perhaps it’s a thing […]

Sutherland statement on federal judge’s transgender bathroom ruling

Sweeping edicts from Washington polarize public opinion, force a one-size-fits-all approach, and prevent the kind of dialogue that enables local school districts to meet the needs of their individual students. Sutherland Institute welcomes the news that a federal judge in Texas has given the states a reprieve from the overreaching government mandate that schools give […]