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.

With atheism comes a culture of death

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Guest post: The New Liberalism vs. the Restored Gospel

Tweet 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, … Continue reading

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Guest post: The sleight of hand in relativism

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Guest post: Mormonism in the public square

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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How religion-free trend affects public policy

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Religious liberty in the crosshairs

Tweet 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. … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Support exercise of religious freedom: Shop Hobby Lobby Saturday

Tweet 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 … 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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Good signs for Utah from study of charitable giving

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Liberal thinking and religious views don’t mix

Tweet Shortly after President Obama “evolved” his position on “gay marriage” to one of support, he held a Hollywood fundraiser at which he described his new position as “a logical extension of what America is supposed to be.” As a … Continue reading

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Family and religion: a harmonious union

Tweet A Sutherland newsletter from last year noted the links between family and religion. It explained: “Church and family are mutually supportive. Religious teachings about marriage, sexuality, obligations of spouses and parents, etc., bolster the natural affections of family life. … Continue reading

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Tribune ‘gay’ marriage column avoids the issue

Tweet   Peg McEntee is a news columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune. Recently, she penned a column criticizing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for signing on to a statement of belief regarding marriage and religious freedom. … Continue reading

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Christmas and our freedom of religion

Tweet   The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year. As Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, the month of December punctuates the role of religion in our free society. It was no accident … 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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