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.

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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Liberal thinking and religious views don’t mix

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 liberal … Continue reading

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Family and religion: a harmonious union

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. Parents … Continue reading

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Tribune ‘gay’ marriage column avoids the issue

  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. Her … Continue reading

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Christmas and our freedom of religion

  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 that … Continue reading

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Ruling on crosses is a threat to religious freedom

  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 Amendment. … Continue reading

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Don’t chop tax breaks for charitable contributions

  Should government continue to give people tax breaks for donating to charities? Elder Dallin H. Oaks, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thinks so. In response to more … 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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Confused Mormons whine about ‘Zion curtain’

  A new Facebook group has popped up: Utah Mormons Against the Zion Curtain. The “Zion curtain” is what Utah’s pro-liquor lobby – and now, it seems, confused Latter-day Saints – calls the physical partition in some eating establishments between … Continue reading

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4th down and one inch – and Canyons School District punts

  The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Canyons School District has decided not to sell a one-acre parcel to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a seminary building. Instead, the school district has decided to keep … 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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