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

SCOTUS rules that government can’t interfere with religious hiring decisions of parochial schools

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the government cannot control hiring decisions of parochial schools about who teaches the faith.

Supreme Court ruling on contraception mandate is major win for religious freedom

The court overwhelmingly allowed the federal government to create broad protection for religious freedom. This is an important, and hopefully enduring, victory for those who care for others out of religious motivation and ask only to do so in ways consistent with their faith.

COVID-19 watch: Change is constant

The more time goes on, the more we are learning that the pandemic presents a fluid and changing economic and public health landscape.

Despite NPR’s claims, Christianity has been a powerful force for civil rights

When we look at the history of the United States more carefully, we can see both the good and bad that religious people did, but – on balance – religion was and continues to be a key motivator for efforts to ensure racial equality.

Public schools should consider hybrid homeschooling this fall

Hybrid homeschooling allows for students to spend part of the week learning in a traditional public school classroom and part of it learning at home.

Independence Day: a reckoning

Our hope must be in a clear and honest vision of the future. It must be informed by understanding and gratitude for all that came before. We are all inextricably joined in our fate. And in some shape or form, this Fourth of July will be a turning point.

U.S. History of Civics part 4: The U.S. Department of Education (as we know it) is born

The American Founders believed education was intended to help students understand their government and its limits and functions in their daily lives. This aspiration transcends partisan and ideological divides for public education, and its fulfillment should not be subject solely to the whims of those currently holding the White House and majorities in Congress.

Q&A: Study finds religious freedom is stronger in countries where LGBT protections are stronger

When religious freedom is protected, LGBT people fare better, and vice versa: when LGBT people are protected, religious freedom increases.

Supreme Court says states cannot discriminate against religious schools – here’s our analysis

A 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Revenue rule was unconstitutional because it singled out religious schools and religious parents for treatment that is not given to others who might participate in the scholarship program.

‘Enormous challenge’ ahead for students returning to public ed this fall

With COVID-19 spiking again across the state, parents and other education leaders are asking: What’s next? Sutherland Institute connected with Rick Hess, a former high school teacher, current lecturer, and leading education policy scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), to discuss the future of education given the continuing pandemic.


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