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.

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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Religious liberty in the crosshairs

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has recently concluded hearings on religious liberty and the invaluable Kathryn Lopez of National Review has published an interview with Peter Kirsanow, one of the commissioners, about what he learned from that experience. The … Continue reading

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Is Martin Luther King Jr.’s faith in God ignored?

In “King’s Media Makeover,” Lee Habeeb points out in National Review that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s deep faith in Christ is mostly absent from modern media writings about King: Listen carefully to all the celebrations of Martin Luther … Continue reading

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Support exercise of religious freedom: Shop Hobby Lobby Saturday

For a nation with a yearning for religious freedom at its roots, we are seeing an awful callousness toward exercise of that freedom lately. One of the more recent manifestations of this trend has the Green family, who operate Hobby … Continue reading

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

“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. Rob … Continue reading

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Good signs for Utah from study of charitable giving

A recent study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy looked at Americans after-tax charitable giving based on recent tax returns to determine how financially generous people around the country are. The results should be very encouraging for Utahns. Utah ranked #1 … Continue reading

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