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The "Sounds of Sunday" (TM) is a weekly 5-hour radio program produced by Carl Watkins featuring inspirational LDS music, and stories from Glenn Rawson. The "Sounds of Sunday" airs each Sunday over 16 radio stations in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico (see "Affiliates"), and plays continuously over internet station "SOUNDS OF SUNDAY" (24/7) created by Ted and Kaylee Garling. Thanks to Tory Parkin for assisting with the streaming computer and computer technical support.

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The "Sounds of Sunday" features the most inspirational music - new releases and classics from every decade - the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s, and the "Glenn Rawson Stories. "The music and stories are truly amazing!"

"For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads." - D&C 25:12

"He blessed us with this amazing new music of the latter days to help us hold on to the iron rod. Our mission is to penetrate hearts with the music and messages of the restored Gospel to prepare us to meet the Savior when He returns." - Carl Watkins

The “Sounds of Sunday” is a syndicated form of the "Sounds of Sunday" program, which has aired in Southeast Idaho since 1987. It is a free 1/2 hour to 5 hour radio program distributed via the internet.

The "Glenn Rawson Stories" were added in August 1997 as an hourly feature. Today over 400 stories have been produced and they continue to be a special part of the "Sounds of Sunday".


For more information, or to provide suggestions or a sponsorship, please email Carl Watkins at carlwatkins@gmail.com or call him at 208-785-5940. - David Watkins, webmaster - Read Our History

FEBRUARY, 2017 - RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Religious freedom is not only a “precious value to the individual,” but also “an important public good that strengthens all of society.” That’s the message from Von G. Keetch, the Chief Outside Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a blogging panel at religion news website Patheos.com. His essay is featured alongside several others in a Patheos Public Square debate about the vitality of religious freedom in the United States.


Just before the start of WWII, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authored the prologue in the Gideon Bible that would be distributed to the Armed Forces as they entered service. He wrote: "As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries, men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel, and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength, and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul."

Such strong presidential support for reading a religious book may seem anachronistic today, over seventy years later, where there are numerous calls to exclude religion from anything related to government. Indeed, just in the last few months San Diego was ordered to take down the Soledad cross, tax-free housing for clergy was struck down as unconstitutional, New Jersey banned religious holiday songs for choir students, and the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of legislative prayer.

Despite these numerous controversies, religious practice is still robust in the United States. According to Pew Research, more than 80 percent of Americans are affiliated with a religion, and even among those who are religiously unaffiliated most have some religious beliefs or practices.

Religious freedom is profoundly important to individuals. As Secretary of State John Kerry said "Freedom of religion is a core American value. . . . It's a universal value, and it's enshrined in our Constitution and ingrained in every human heart. The freedom to profess and practice one's faith to believe, or not to believe, or to change one's beliefs—that is a birthright of every human being."

Emphasizing religious freedom as a vital individual right is essential. Our respect for the inherent human dignity of each individual demands that we respect the individual's right to freely live out his or her faith.

But it is also important to remember the value religion provides for society as a whole. When we shift our attention to the benefits religion provides as a public good, then the case for protecting religious freedom becomes even stronger.

Social science makes a strong case for promoting religious freedom. In "Why Religion Matters Even More: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability," Pat Fagan of the Marriage & Religion Institute summarizes numerous studies showing that individuals who attend religious services more often experience incredible benefits. Those who worship more frequently have better family lives and stronger marriages, are less likely to engage in substance abuse and commit various crimes, reach higher levels of educational attainment, volunteer and donate more to charities, develop better work habits, live longer, are healthier, earn greater income, and enjoy higher levels of well-being and happiness. Clearly, the practice of religion has a strengthening effect on society.

Though religion is often criticized for being a source of social conflict, religious freedom can actually be an important tool for promoting peace. Religious freedom is not about promoting or enshrining any one religion at the expense of others. Rather, religious freedom is about respecting the rights of others to believe and worship according to their own consciences and then to live out those beliefs in their various walks of life. For instance, in a society like ours that respects religious freedom, exercising the right to express your religious beliefs should not result in losing your ability to have a job or run a business—even if others strongly disagree with your beliefs.

Religious freedom does not cause conflict. It instead encourages tolerance and respect for different beliefs. Indeed, Pew Research shows that increases in religious freedom are associated with decreasing social hostilities. Numerous scholars have pointed out that since religious practice often involves practicing faith with others in communities and churches, it enhances social ties and interactions. Religious freedom thus energizes participation in civil society, which in turn supports democracy and economic development.

No wonder religious freedom is often considered our first, most cherished liberty. In addition to its precious value to the individual, religious freedom is an important public good that strengthens all of society. Whether we are religious or not, we all have a personal stake in protecting religious liberty because all of us reap its benefits.
- By Von G. Keetch, March 28, 2014



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