These five people are really deserving of the recognition. I've been to some
Sutherland events and they do a good job of thinking through the issues and
promoting great values. Congratulations to all those who will be honored that
Gee, how many times you can honor the same families for the same thing?
Don't go. The Sutherland Institute wants your money so they can keep up their
local bigotry campaign. Nothing against Osmonds, Edwards, and Bishop Wester, but
Sutherland is nothing you want to support.
If you don't want to support personal responsibility as the basis for
self-government, family as the fundamental unit of society, religion as the
moral compass for human progress, private property as the cornerstone of
economic freedom, free markets as the engine of economic prosperity, charity as
the wellspring of a caring community, and limited government as the essence of
good government, then I could see why you wouldn't want to attend.
I would have thought the Sutherland Institute would be more aligned with the
views of the National Review and the late Catholic William F. Buckley than the
policy initiatives of the post-conciliar and Neo-Marxist apparatchiks of the
USCCB. [See: The bishops' borders: a question of principles and
practicalities (National Review, 04/24/06) & The bishops and the laws (National
Review, 04/24/06)]Bishop William K. Weigand, the seventh bishop
of Salt Lake City, is a better fit as an award recipient more closely aligned
with the values this organisation vigourously defends.Did the
diocese or Bishop Wester support the Sacred Ground Initiative? On the contrary,
a Catholic quite close to the bishop, Mayor Peter Corroon, is such an
enthusiastic advocate for Planned Parenthood & Equality Utah that the Mayor was
Equality Utah's 2007 Ally without clarification from the bishop or the diocese
articulating the unequivocal Catholic teaching about homosexual "rights",
same-sex unions, or the duties of Catholic politicians not to support any policy
that attacks human life or the integrity of the natural family.
What I don't understand is why Sutherland believes that the state should not be
the fundamental unit of society, yet it counts on the state (or national
government for that matter) to pass laws that restrict people's personal
freedoms. If you are a true conservative, you would have to oppose much of what
Sutherland does, even if you believe in the issues they champion. Groups like
Sutherland just harm a true conservative cause.