The coach who prayed: Supreme Court upholds religious practice

The case involved a high school football coach, Joseph Kennedy, who had participated in a personal prayer on the football field after games.

Primary election day comes and goes, and Utah’s elections are still secure

while some individuals and groups have sought to stoke public fear regarding election integrity, the facts say that voting in Utah is safe and secure from significant or widescale fraud.

Are Supreme Court rulings the best way to advance religious freedom rights?

The First Amendment – like the Constitution itself – would not exist except for the legislative negotiation and compromise that made it happen.

Sutherland Institute’s Congressional Series to return in August

Today Sutherland Institute announced the return of its Congressional Series for 2022. Later this summer, each of Utah’s members of Congress will take the opportunity to speak on a critical policy issue and engage in Q&A.

Ruling in Maine school case highlights interplay of religion clauses in the First Amendment

In tuition grant case, Supreme Court says state can’t exclude families using church-affiliated schools “from otherwise available public benefits.”

Americans must uphold court’s role even amid controversy

The court’s role in our system is too important to sacrifice over policy disagreements.

Sutherland Institute statement on Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center

SALT LAKE CITY June 24, 2022—Today the United States Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling in the controversial case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center. Sutherland Institute believes this unprecedented moment – a court ruling previously leaked while in...

How some companies lead the way on religious accommodations

A new report highlights some of accommodations made by employers, including addressing religion in diversity training and teaching workers how to request an accommodation.

Juneteenth helps complete our season of patriotism

Strong and deeply rooted patriotism requires opportunities for both civic humility and civic celebration – the acknowledgment of shortcomings in our community, state and nation while also honoring achievements. Juneteenth contributes to both, and that is why it helps complete our season of patriotism.

Beyond Betsy Ross: civics lessons from the history of the U.S. flag

Despite attempts on the extreme right and extreme left to use or abuse it for divisive ends, the American flag still stands for the unity of American citizens.

The Sutherland Institute Civics Initiative

The Sutherland Institute Civics Initiative

In American education today, we’ve allowed an atrophy to occur. We’ve ignored the gradual reduction of history and civics and accepted an erosion of both content and context. But we can solve this problem – and it begins with families and communities. We can set aside partisan-driven approaches to history and civics and demand the most comprehensive, accurate and sequential approach to history, civics and citizenship ever conceived. That’s the Sutherland Civics Initiative.


Founded in 1995, Sutherland Institute is an independent research and educational institution – a think tank – whose mission is to advance sound ideas and principled public policy. Sutherland is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization and does not accept government funding. We rely on support from corporations, foundations and individuals like you that share a commitment to faith, family, and free markets. Sutherland consistently promotes solutions that serve community needs and build on areas of agreement. We believe people are more alike than different – that policy matters, principles matter more, and people matter most. Our mission includes a charge to build future leaders: educated, able and willing to defend a New Birth of Freedom for the next generation.

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