Category Archives: Family

Family Issues in Utah

Strong families lead to stronger communities. Family issues—and court rulings, legislation, and pop culture that affects them—cover a large swath of American and local politics, especially these days when liberal legislation and activist judges are undoing what made this country great in the first place. Even though countless studies have shown that strong societies require strong, natural families, there’s a battle being fought between traditional values and new age liberalism. Sutherland Institute is firmly on the side of traditional values.

Use this website as a reference for anything related to family issues in Utah and the rest of the country.

100-year-old patriarch is witness to staggering change

  My grandpa, Martin Buer, turns 100 today. Born in 1911, Grandpa went on to become a top breeder of grand champion cattle out of his Minnesota ranch. To keep the peace with a disgruntled family member, Grandpa gave up … Continue reading

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‘Cult’ accusation is a bigoted blast from the past

  When evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a “cult” at the Values Voters Summit, a huge gathering of the “pro-family movement,” it brought back all sorts of thoughts for me. Permit me, … Continue reading

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Brazilians put brakes on babies

  September’s issue of National Geographic included a feature on “Brazil’s Girl Power,” detailing how Brazil’s fertility rate has slid from 6.3 children per women in 1960 to 1.9 in 2009 – a lightning-quick change in the world of demographics: … Continue reading

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Family fragmentation in Australia

  A new report from Professor Patrick Parkinson at the University of Sydney powerfully catalogs the terrible toll family disintegration is having in Australia. The report, “For Kids’ Sake: Repairing the Social Environment for Australian Children and Young People,” details … Continue reading

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Baby selling in Utah?

  The Ruth Institute recently highlighted a story about an attorney in California who admitted she had been involved in a “baby selling ring.” The news described the scheme: Under the conspiracy, women would go to overseas clinics and have … Continue reading

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An Eye of Sauron in every home?

  In the black abyss there appeared a single Eye that slowly grew, until it filled nearly all the mirror. So terrible was it that Frodo stood rooted, unable to cry out or withdraw his gaze. The Eye was rimmed … Continue reading

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Give Sundance credit where credit is due

  A few weeks ago in another post on this blog, Sutherland analyst Matthew Piccolo brought to light the vulgar content presented during parts of the Sundance Institute’s annual film festival. While I share his concerns about the festival, Sundance also … Continue reading

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When Tiger Woods’ values disintegrated, so did his world

  Tiger Woods recently announced that he and his longtime caddie Steve Williams parted ways. Williams’ departure is simply the latest in the stream of friends, family members and corporate partners who have left in the wake of Woods’ stunning … Continue reading

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Faith, family, free markets: fertile ground for happiness

  America’s founders believed that God endowed us with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” Let’s focus on the third unalienable … Continue reading

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Tribune article stacks up ironies

  Last Friday’s edition of The Salt Lake Tribune included a story titled, “Gay BYU filmmaker ready to tell his story,” by Peggy Fletcher Stack (July 8, 2011). The article is about Kendall Wilcox, yet Ms. Stack appropriates Mr. Wilcox’s … Continue reading

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Advocacy research in the ‘gay rights’ arena: a follow-up

  Two months ago, I wrote a post about advocacy research: “scholarly” research driven by a political agenda rather than a scientific agenda, often at the expense of objectivity and methodological rigor. The specific study I cited as an example … Continue reading

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Is it bigotry to support traditional marriage?

  The most prominent theme in same-sex marriage advocacy is that opposition to gay marriage is bigotry. The charge is inherent in the idea that redefining marriage is a civil rights imperative and that those who resist are on “the … Continue reading

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Video games, parental rights and double standards

  Reactions to the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a California law regulating the sale of violent games to minors strike me as interesting, to say the least. Regardless of where one stands on this particular ruling, it is … Continue reading

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Paved with good intentions: the Utah Supreme Court’s flawed analysis in Jensen v. Cunningham

  On April 30, 2003, 12-year-old Parker Jensen was taken to a doctor to have a small growth under his tongue removed. A long nightmare for the Parker family had begun, culminating in a recent legal decision by the Utah … Continue reading

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Is marriage doomed with the young?

  The Deseret News recently ran a story on a new poll that suggests young people support same-sex marriage in high numbers. Shortly before this story came out, Gallup reported on a poll in which Americans were asked what percentage … Continue reading

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