Our Mission & Vision

Sutherland Institute is a nonpartisan policy and educational institution – a think tank – that informs the public and policymakers alike. Our mission is to advance principled public policy that promotes the Constitutional values of faith, family and freedom and remains true to the belief that every generation must recommit to the principles that make us free.


Governing values:

Sutherland is committed to the individual, social, economic and constitutional importance of: 











“That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

~ President Abraham Lincoln

Research & Insights

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.

Voting for America’s future

Perhaps Americans do not understand the power their vote wields or how to go about exercising their voting rights. The future of America and the notion of its exceptionalism lie in the hands of its voting citizens.

Learning about America through primary sources: Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of Education signified the early stages of a significant shift in the history of the United States. Only by learning from, understanding and applying the lessons of this history can the U.S. hope to better approach the “more perfect union” that is the promise of the U.S. Constitution.

Supreme Court and Amish plumbing: how a minority’s dedication can benefit society

An entire society can benefit from the dedication of a minority. The role that Quakers played in the movement to abolish slavery is one example. A recent Supreme Court decision, involving an Amish community in Minnesota, illustrates another.



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