Sutherland Newsletter – August 27, 2009


Today, Thursday, September 17, 2009, is Constitution Day – also known as “Citizenship Day.”  It is a holiday set aside for Americans to celebrate their citizenship and the ratification of the United States Constitution.  It has been 222 years since the delegates to the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The law that established the nationally-recognized holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment proposed by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004.  Before that legislation was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day.”  The law mandates that all publicly-funded schools provide information about the history of the U.S. Constitution on that day.


May we all remember that when the Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution they were providing our country with the framework for the same democratic-republic form of government we have today, and for the relationship between the people, the states, and the federal government.  As Henry Clay observed, “The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity – unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.”



On September 24, 1909, George Sutherland, the namesake of Sutherland Institute, and U.S. President William Howard Taft both spoke at the Provo Tabernacle.  On September 24, 2009, exactly 100 years later, Sutherland Institute will host Family and Faith Matter: Why Utah Holds to Sacred Ground at the historic building in downtown Provo.


Momentum is building for this event which is part of Sutherland’s Sacred Ground Initiative.  The program will feature Joe Cannon, editor of the Deseret NewsJoAnne Roberts, a mother and resident of Provo; and Paul Mero, president of Sutherland Institute.  Mr. Cannon will address secularism and the importance of maintaining a faith-based culture, while Mrs. Roberts will address how to use Sutherland’s resources to protect the family.  Mr. Mero will speak on the importance of protecting marriage and family in the law.


This is a private gathering for people of goodwill who believe the family is the fundamental unit of society.  While there is no charge to attend, contact information and registration confirmation are required to reserve your seat.  Those wishing to attend may register by calling Dave Kimball 801-355-1272.


The session will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  The Provo Tabernacle is located at 100 South University Avenue in downtown Provo, Utah.