Coach’s case at Supreme Court may clarify scope of 2 religion clauses

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving a high school football coach who alleges he lost his job because he was exercising his free exercise right to offer a personal prayer on the field after a game.

Civics of the Utah Legislature, part 1: Rule by consensus

Consensus rule is how Utah’s system of legislative lawmaking is designed to work. It is a feature, not a bug, of our governing system. The differences between consensus rule and majority rule are subtle but important.

The basic civics principle at heart of 2 vaccine mandate cases

Last week’s Supreme Court decisions in two vaccine mandate cases demonstrate how relevant foundational civic questions are to current controversies.

Learning from the example of Martin Luther King Jr.

As we commemorate the life and the civil rights successes of Martin Luther King Jr., we should remember that we can learn valuable lessons from both the achievements and the failures of our human heroes.

Understanding religious freedom’s effects on society can increase support for it

The teachings and practices of religious groups and people of faith have powerful, wide-ranging benefits for society. A wider understanding of this could strengthen the nation’s commitment to religious freedom protections.

How the Civil War amendments – 13, 14 and 15 – moved U.S. closer to equal rights

As the Civil War drew to a close, the U.S. Congress returned to the issues the court had botched and began the process of addressing the underlying injustices that had given rise to the war. In the post-war years, Congress would propose three amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Supreme Court’s focus on constitutional procedure in Texas decision is healthy

The decision won’t settle the abortion issue, but it provides direction to courts that might be tempted to undermine the constitutional separation between state and federal courts.

2022 brings opportunity to renew the parent-teacher partnership

We have a chance to make 2022 the year that Utah showed its determination, for the sake of students, to rise above the current political temptation to polarize every issue – and instead renew the parent-teacher partnership.

What does 2022 hold for religious freedom?

Supreme Court decisions of 2021 continued a streak of strong protections for religious freedom – not only in the context of pandemic restrictions, but also in social services, education and employment. So what will 2022 hold?

Utah’s successful vote-by-mail program

Utah’s VBM program successfully creates reasonable access to the ballot while adequately protecting election security and integrity.

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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