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.

Don’t chop tax breaks for charitable contributions

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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‘Cult’ accusation is a bigoted blast from the past

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Confused Mormons whine about ‘Zion curtain’

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet   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 … 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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