Posts Tagged ‘sutherland institute’

The Weekly Mero Moment

Many know Paul Mero of Sutherland Institute gives a weekly “Mero Moment” via radio to Cache Valley (why there??). On Dec 22nd, Mero claimed that the Mormons are being discriminated against in Utah.

Ok, so I just started paying attention to these Mero Moments and this may need to start being a weekly feature here. Who the hell is giving this guy a microphone? In his last address before the holiday break, Paul Mero addressed the topic of Religious Freedom and the importance of leaving religion in politics. He claims that “in an increasingly secularized culture, the real threat isn’t theocracy, the real threat is discounting and demeaning religious influence..” as a basis for the wonderful way in which the LDS (Mormon) church influences our local politics.

You see, in Paul’s mind, “..our country is filled with a vast majority of people who profess Christianity,.. we’re a Christian nation.  The same can be said about Utah being a “Mormon state.”” Under the pretext of Religious Freedom, this gives almost unlimited license to those belonging to the Mormon faith in Utah to use their influence both on a cultural and political level, while at the same time portraying themselves as the victim. Yeesh.

You know, I’m aware of how much I’ve focused on the “Meronites” lately but I just can’t get over what these Asshats are up to. At least we can all breathe a sigh of relief that no-one is taking them seriously in their claim to know how to “perfect” our new non-discrimination ordinaces by including in the exempt list of people/organizations not only religions, but “religious adherants.” So…. if they get their way these laws are only binding on Atheists.

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Sutherland Institute Pockets Utah Congressman Bishop

Congressman Rob Bishop

Paul Mero and the Sutherland Institute now have one of Utah’s members of Congress full under their control according to a SL Trib article. Congressman Bishop is personally issuing donation letters on behalf of Sutherland Institute, pushing constituents to protect the values they care about from a government “out of control.”

Bishop, the “King of Earmarks” according to the Deseret News, has run into quite a bit of trouble over the past year in his help for campaign donors. For the upcoming 2010 session, Bishop earmarked over 6.5 billion dollars (that’s $6,500,000,000.00 of your money), 95% of which is directly for campaign donors. Although it’s not clear exactly how much Sutherland Institute and Paul Mero donated to his campaign, it is apparently enough for a donation letter to their constituents from “The Desk of the Honorable Congressman Rob Bishop.”

Oh yay, another immoral if not illegal act from an anti-human, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered white male Mormon in Utah. I think I might faint.

Paul Mero Pushing Mormons To Ignore The Church?

Paul Mero

In a press release last night, Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero announced a special event taking place tomorrow night where he will address the relationship between Mormonism and conservative thought.  Back-peddling much?

Since Sutherland Institute’s statements following the LDS / Mormon church’s support of SLC’s Fair Workplace and Housing ordinances, Paul Mero has been under some pretty heavy fire from Sutherland’s constituents, opponents and even the LDS / Mormon Church itself.

Jeffrey Holland of the LDS / Mormon Quorum of the Twelve (12) Apostles followed up the Church’s support of the city-wide gay rights ordinances with aJeffrey R. Holland call for the rights to be passed state-wide, saying, “Anything good is shareable.”

Unfortunately for Sutherland Institute and Mero, their entire organization and base of power is derived from their stance on gay rights aligning with the Church. So what happens now that the Church has gone ever-so-slightly more liberal?

The tile of Paul Mero’s speech for tomorrow night, Why I am a Conservative: The Relationship Between Mormonism and Conservative Intellectual Thought is pretty telling actually. Now I’m going to at least attempt to be nice and not point at the generally pompous title, which just drips with Mero’s usual “harrumph harrumph” as my family would say, but focus rather on the subject matter for the night. According to Sutherland insiders (who requested not to be named), the speech has a few different goals, but the primary goal is to assuage the mind of those supporters who are now upset with Sutherland Institute’s apparent break from the LDS / Mormon Church. “We have to try to stop the bleeding,” our source said.

As usual in any “sermon” given my Mero, the actual words coming out of his mouth mean little to nothing, just a hidden message coated in smarmy oil, wrapped in a deep voice and disguised in faux intellectual prose. But what is he actually saying? Well Paul really only has 3 ways to go here, he can either admit that Sutherland Institute was wrong and the LDS / Mormon Church has it right and support Fair Workplace and Housing ordinances for the LGBT community; Explain that Sutherland Institute cannot support these issues, but because of their beliefs in their religion they cannot continue to operate publicly; or the most likely of them all, try to convince their flock that they can still be good Mormons even if they’re fighting against the Church itself.

Hmmmmmm, tough decision for Paul I’m sure..