Sutherland Institute & Religious Right Orgs Create False “Religious Liberty”

| August 22, 2014

Do the principles of religious freedom (a.k.a. religious liberty) mandate exemptions from employment and workplace non-discrimination laws? According to many conservatives in Utah, yes. But while these Religious Right leaders claim to be championing the rights of the religious, their theocratic redefinition of these important concepts leave every individual at risk. Less than a few […]

Sutherland Institute’s Latest Tool – Using Government To Strip Freedoms

| November 5, 2012

I was more than a little shocked this morning to read a post by the Sutherland Institute favoring a law in the city of Highland which bans businesses from opening on Sunday. Sutherland may be showing ultimate hypocrisy as the self-proclaimed guardians of freedom. It never ceases to amaze me when “small government,” “personal freedom,” […]

Utah Freedom Conference; aka the No-Fact Conservative Speech Bubble

| September 15, 2012

Earlier today, the Sutherland Institute and the John Birch Society jointly sponsored the grossly misnamed “Freedom Conference.” Unfortunately, it seems facts were checked at the door – in favor of yet another echo chamber for Utah Republicans to spin their empty rhetoric. Attorney General candidate John Swallow (whom PRIDEinUtah has been told is under FBI […]

Same Sex Parenting Study Already Proven Flawed

| June 10, 2012

Needless to say, I was shocked this morning when I opened the paper and saw an article titled “Studies Challenge Widely Held Assumptions About Same Sex Parenting.” The shock shifted to outrage as I actually looked at the study myself and found it glaring with major flaws and bias. Every major and credible study performed […]

Is Sutherland’s “Abstinence-Only” Data True or Bogus? Some Thoughts

| March 18, 2012

Utah – I watched with interest last night as Paul Mero (of the lobbying group The Sutherland Institute) argued with reporters on Twitter, trying to get them to use his study “proving” that abstinence-only education works best. True study? Or bogus? Currently, there are a handful of districts in Utah which already teach abstinence-only education, […]

Sutherland Institute Misleading Parents On Anti-SexEd?

| March 9, 2012

Utah – Conservative lobbyists The Sutherland Institute are emailing parents across the state, telling them to contact Governor Herbert and support HB 363, the recently passed Anti-SexEd bill. But are they misleading parents on the facts? In an email to parents sent out tonight, The Sutherland Institute (under the direction of Paul Mero) is encouraging […]

Court Releases Prop 8 Ruling

| November 17, 2011

California – The California Supreme Court has just released their ruling on the question of Standing in the Prop 8 case. According to the court, Yes-On-8 supporters DO have standing to appeal Judge Walker’s ruling which struck down Prop 8, even though the California Government has refused to appeal. Although many in the LGBT and […]