Category Archives: Religion

Religious Freedom in Utah

Religion has taken a backseat in national and statewide politics. The process has been gradual, but there’s little doubt that there exists a war on religious freedom. The courts are on a mission for the total removal of religion from public life. Overstepping their constitutional bounds, lesser courts and the Supreme Court have ruled against religious freedom time after time. Roadside memorials to highway patrol troopers have been ruled against in Utah because said memorials included a cross. More and more religious people must leave their beliefs at home when they go to work, even if they own their own business. There’s been other instances of religious restrictions—too many to count.

It seems many politicians, atheists, and lawyers have forgotten some of the principles this country was founded upon. The Sutherland Institute believes that religion plays a vital role in the public discourse and we’re dedicated to educating the public about the issues surrounding religious freedom.

Consider Sutherland Institute your guide to the current standing of religious freedom in Utah and the rest of the country.

Strategy vs. principle in protecting religious liberty – Sutherland Soapbox, 3/31/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. The various approaches to creating additional legal protections for religious liberty is … Continue reading

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Hysteria over Indiana’s protection of religious liberty: Elites take leave of their senses

The reaction to the Indiana Legislature’s enactment of a generic religious liberty law seems increasingly unhinged. The long knives of business, entertainment and political elites are coming out. Even, amusingly, “gamers.” This does little to assuage concerns that proponents of … 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 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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Religion, democracy and the family – Sutherland Soapbox, 12/30/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Reflecting recently on a discussion some years ago with an associate from … Continue reading

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Is religious expression a ‘fundamental human right’ or a ‘limited right’? – Sutherland Soapbox, 11/25/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. This week I want to talk about religious liberty, which is an … Continue reading

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States still need their own religious freedom laws – Mero Moment, 7/1/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The United States Supreme Court decided an important religious freedom case this week. In a 5-4 decision the court ruled that a privately … Continue reading

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How Supreme Court ruling supports integrity, tolerance

“Americans need to understand that religious liberty is good for the nation; it’s not just a form of right-wing special pleading,” writes Rachel Lu today in The Federalist. Her article gives the reader “3 ways of promoting religious freedom to … Continue reading

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Sutherland applauds Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision

Sutherland Institute issued the following statement today, June 30, 2014, in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case: The Supreme Court has done the right thing. No one should have to choose between acting on their … Continue reading

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Even things forbidden will be compulsory

The state of Colorado has put out a welcome mat for recreational marijuana use but is decidedly cool to private business owners who want to act on their faith as they conduct business. Last week, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission … Continue reading

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With atheism comes a culture of death

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. It seems that the 40th annual convention of American Atheists is coming to town next spring, and its organizers sound like they’re … Continue reading

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Guest post: The New Liberalism vs. the Restored Gospel

By Ralph Hancock Part 3 of 3 of “Mormonism in the public square” In the first two articles in this series, I have examined the relationship between religion and politics and shown the impossibility of keeping these completely separate, especially … Continue reading

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Guest post: The sleight of hand in relativism

By Ralph Hancock Part 2 of 3 of “Mormonism in the public square” In the first article in this series, I summarized a common contemporary view of the relationship between morality and politics as follows: “But now society has fundamentally … Continue reading

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Guest post: Mormonism in the public square

By Ralph Hancock Part 1 of 3 There are two subjects to be avoided, it is often said, in conversation among casual friends and, especially perhaps, among relatives: religion and politics. Among people of the same faith, the first restriction … Continue reading

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How religion-free trend affects public policy

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. A sign on a commercial building in the neighborhood where I live reads, “Interested in God, but not religion?” The invitation is … Continue reading

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