Category Archives: Freedom

Elder Oaks urges mutual understanding on religious freedom issues

Tweet I have heard people rant and rave and bellow That we’re done and we might as well be dead, But I’m only a cockeyed optimist And I can’t get it into my head Elder Dallin H. Oaks quoted these … Continue reading

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Time to say no to the real bigots

Tweet Evidently when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer needs an excuse to veto a bill, any excuse will do. As Brewer vetoed SB 1062, a state religious freedom restoration bill modeled after federal law, she settled on a single message: Arizona … Continue reading

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Using public policy to cover a multitude of sins

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Sutherland Institute recently released a statement in support of the state Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and how it’s choosing … Continue reading

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Freedom from the fringes

Tweet Back in my Navy flying days we had a saying: If you’re not getting shot at, you’re not over the target. Apparently talking about founding principles, self-governance, and individual rights and responsibilities puts us over the target, because there’s … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams: Founding Fathers pass together on the 50th Fourth of July

Tweet As the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence drew near, twilight was fast approaching for two living American icons. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were dying. Former presidents both, of course, but more than that, the two had … Continue reading

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Tonight on PBS: ‘First Freedom’ documentary by Utah filmmaker

Tweet “First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty,” a film by Utah filmmaker Lee Groberg on the history of religious liberty in America, airs tonight at 7 on KUED as well as on hundreds of PBS affiliates across the country. … Continue reading

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Secede over pot and Obamacare? You’re nuts

Tweet Did you know that there are public petitions in all 50 states in support of secession? I didn’t, but former presidential candidate Ron Paul knows. He likes the idea that states should secede from the Union. He says he’s … Continue reading

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Mero: Why I am a conservative and not a libertarian

Tweet Below are the opening and closing remarks delivered by Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero Thursday during the 2012 Freedom Fest held in Las Vegas. He was part of a debate on the topic of whether LDS Church members (Mormons) … Continue reading

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Ruling on crosses is a threat to religious freedom

Tweet   The use of religious symbols on public property will remain a controversial issue. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case to determine whether 13 memorials for fallen Utah Highway Patrol troopers violate the First … Continue reading

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Lessons on liberty from an Ethiopian taxi driver

Tweet   On my way to the airport after a recent conference in Seattle, I had an interesting chat with a taxi driver. “Eddie” is originally from Ethiopia but has lived in the United States for the last seven years. … Continue reading

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Faith, family, free markets: fertile ground for happiness

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Independence declared with beauty and civility

Tweet   To prepare for our celebration of Independence Day, I took a minute to re-read the Declaration of Independence. One thing stood out especially to me as I read: The beauty and civility of the language of our forefathers … Continue reading

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