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How is this not an example of ‘compelled speech’?

Justice Antonin Scalia has noted how normal legal rules have been inexplicably distorted or even ignored in order to protect the U.S. Supreme Court’s indefensible decision on abortion. This “abortion distortion” has led the court to uphold restrictions on how ordinary citizens may protest at clinics that would have been unthinkable for anti-war or other […]

Wednesday, Aug. 19 noon rally at Utah Capitol Rotunda to address taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, August 19, is the monthly legislative Interim Day on Utah’s Capitol Hill. In addition to the regularly scheduled meetings of the Legislature’s interim committees, an informative gathering will be held in the Capitol Rotunda from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm – to which citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. The topic will be […]

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Rule of law or ‘rule of feelings’?

“Aristotle, Livy and Harrington … define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” -John Adams, Novanglus 7 (later incorporated into the Massachusetts Constitution) This republican ideal has been one of the foundations of American freedom and the American identity since the founding of the nation. We are not a country […]

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Open season on tolerance

As noted in a recent Sutherland Daily article, within days of the Boy Scouts of America’s July 27 decision rescinding the ban on gay adult Scout leaders, several commentaries by prominent LGBT-rights advocates declared open season on religious-freedom-based exemptions to newly declared rights based on same-sex attraction. Shortly thereafter, in a Catholic News Agency (CNA) […]

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The violent persecution of Christians in the Mideast

With all of the (appropriate) concern about religious liberty conflicts developing in the United States, we must not forget the persecution and slaughter of Christians in other parts of the world. The situation in Iraq and the Middle East, for instance, is horrifying. Nearly 7,000 have been forced from their homes and live as refugees […]

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70 years ago

An unforgettable memory from my youth is a conversation a group of friends and I had with a neighbor who had been a pilot in World War II. Though many living in our area had similarly served their country during the war, we listened as this particular veteran shared a distinctive story; a horrific experience […]

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Conservative environmentalism

This week Utah Governor Gary Herbert sent a letter to President Obama to “strongly urge [him] to not use unilateral executive authority to designate a national monument in Utah.” What Governor Herbert is really asking President Obama to do is avoid the damage done to the environment, the economy, community and freedom by the progressive […]

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Justice Thomas on liberty and dignity

Although it has received less attention than the more comprehensive opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts and the wittier and more and biting opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent in the recent marriage case contains powerful insights into a divide between those who are promoting the cause of moral revolution and those […]

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Where do we go from here?

With the recent decision of the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to rescind the ban on gay Scout leaders, and the tenor of several significant commentaries published shortly thereafter, a critical question arises: Where do we go from here? Consider this, from the Human Rights Campaign Blog: As Boy Scouts of America Takes […]

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Abortion’s deserved decline

The recent uproar over Planned Parenthood’s callous treatment of unborn babies has certainly been appropriate. How can you not be outraged when one of Planned Parenthood’s top official’s words and demeanor convey a repulsive message along the lines of, “You know, I crush below and I crush beneath so I can preserve the organs, and, […]