Rutherford Issues


The Rutherford Institue has emerged as one of the nation's leading advocates of civil liberties and human rights, litigating in the courts and education the public on a wide spectrum of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States and around the world.

  • Police State


    The Rutherford Institute is leading the charge in warning against a rapidly growing—and increasingly out-of-control—American police state.

  • Free Speech


    The Rutherford Institute responds to hundreds of complaints of free speech violations each year and we provide literature for all who are interested in understanding their First Amendment rights.

  • Religious Freedom


    Whether at work, in the public square, in prison, or in the classroom, The Rutherford Institute fights to ensure that your fundamental right to exercise your religion is respected and unabridged.

  • Search & Seizure


    Whether it be invasive drug testing, weapons searches, unauthorized, surveillance, or intrusive school polices, The Rutherford Institute is dedicated to preserving our individual right to privacy.

  • Drones


    The Rutherford Institute is one of the first organizations to warn against the threats to Americans’ safety and privacy posed by the domestic use of drones

  • Zero Tolerance


    The Rutherford Institute is devoted to the ideal of freedom and common sense, defending the constitutional rights of school-aged children punished for violating unreasonable zero tolerance rules in schools.

  • Parents' Rights


    The Rutherford Institute defends the constitutional right of parents to direct and control the upbringing and education of their children.

  • Surveillance


    Impacting almost every aspect of our lives, The Rutherford Institute is determined to warn the American people of the dangers associated with electronic surveillance.

  • Overcriminalization


    The Rutherford Institute continually comes to the defense of those accused of breaking unjust laws imposed by overzealous legislatures.

  • Prisoners' Rights


    As an organization dedicated to the defense of civil liberties and human rights, The Rutherford Institute agrees that "Prison walls do not form a barrier separating prison inmates from the protections of the Constitution.”