Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles
A timeline history of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
The pro-life vs pro-choice debate is central to American social policy, religion, and culture. Learn why here.
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
Page 5. The last page of a formidable pro-gay marriage article on legal gay marriage supporting a pro-same sex marriage position in opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment.
A guide to important dates in America's gun rights history. Learn the timeline and important dates of the Second Amendment and challenges to gun rights.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
What is abortion? Find out here.
Gun rights in Missouri. Learn more about gun rights in Missouri in this overview of gun laws in Missouri. From Missouri gun control to Missouri handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Missouri gun owners.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
Information about laws banning the burning and other desecration of the American flag, Texas v. Johnson, the Flag Protection Act, and the Flag Desecration Amendment.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
A human rights profile of the government of North Korea, known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which is guilty of systemic human rights abuses and human rights violations.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
An overview of Saddam Hussein's crimes against humanity. From the time of the July 1978 decree condemning his political enemies to his eventual capture, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was one of the most brutal dictators on Earth.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Last week, Sarah Palin made the wrong kind of headlines when she said, well, this: They obviously have information on plots to carry out jihad, Palin said
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
The Bill of Rights, as we call the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, is the centerpiece of the civil liberties debate in the United States.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
Gun rights took a step forward during President Ronald Reagan's administration, but took a step back after his presidency due in part to legislation that he supported. Learn about the important Second Amendment-related measures of the Reagan era, how they related to gun rights, and President Ronald Reagan's stance on them.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
Gun shows are a big part of American tradition, with licensed and unlicensed sellers alike largely unrestricted from selling firearms at the shows. But a political movement is afoot to place further restrictions on the transfer of firearms at gun shows.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
Gun rights in Texas. Learn more about gun rights in Texas in this overview of gun laws in Texas. From Texas gun control to Texas handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Texas gun owners.
Gun rights in New York. Learn more about gun rights in New York in this overview of gun laws in New York. From New York gun control to New York handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for New York gun owners.
Rarely heard of before the mid 1980s, assault weapons have become a major part of America's gun rights debate. Learn about the origin of the assault weapons definition in American politics, the characteristics of assault weapons and how various states have passed laws to regulate assault weapons.
A short biography of Anthony Comstock, the mad censor of New York.
The Fifth Amendment is arguably the most complex part of the original Bill of Rights. Here is a list of Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fifth Amendment.
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
The Miller test is the standard used by courts to define obscenity. It comes from the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in Miller v. California (1973)
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
Looking for information on different types of libertarians, including anarcho-capitalists, civil libertarians, classical liberals, fiscal libertarians, geolibertarians, left-libertarians, libertarian socialists, minarchists, neolibertarians, Objectivists, and paleolibertarians? You've come to the right place!
Those rights that are considered universal to humanity, regardless of citizenship,ethnicity, gender, etc. The phrase first gained wide usage in English due to the abolitionist movement
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the Supreme Court's ruling impacts gun owners nation-wide.
A complete illustrated guide to John McCain's positions on key civil liberties issues, including abortion, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
Looking for blogs on capital punishment, the death penalty, and the Eighth Amendment? Here's a list of ten great ones, including Abolishthe Death Penalty, the Lonely Abolitionist, Project Hope, and more.
Relax: Nobody's Going to Repeal the Second Amendment...
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
The right to free speech is a U.S. tradition, but actually respecting the right to free speech is not. A timeline of censorship in the United States.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
Gun rights in West Virginia. Learn more about gun rights in West Virginia in this overview of gun laws in West Virginia. From West Virginia gun control to West Virginia handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for West Virginia gun owners.
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
The concept of the Religious Right has always been vaguely insulting towards the tens of millions of evangelical voters who are counted among its ranks.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
Should intelligent design be taught in public schools?
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
In recent years, the political debate over gun rights in America has centered on the aspect of self-defense. How often are guns actually used in self-defense? Often, as it turns out.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
A short history of American civil liberties.
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
If you're a member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and you'd discovered that an execution in your state had been horribly botched, that might reasonably lead you
Ron Paul promotes himself as a small-government candidate, but a closer examination of his platform and record reveals otherwise.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
Definition of the legal term ex post facto.
The Brooklyn Museum's new exhibit, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, takes a second look at the visual arts legacy of the civil rights movement--an
Information on workplace discrimination issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Page 7.
When historians look back on Eric Holder's time as attorney general, there's a lot they may remember him for--some of it good, some of it not so good. But we
Who selects Supreme Court justices?
The municipal government of East Rochester, New York really hates it when police officers have to deal with domestic violence calls. That's the message their
Definition of civil unions. Civil Liberties.
The 5 most common arguments against the separation of church and state, with rebuttals.
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
Is universal health care a human right?
If you're interested in doing more to defend American civil liberties, such as sign petitions, join civil liberties organizations, and volunteer, here are some suggestions.
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
Gun rights in Nevada. Learn more about gun rights in Nevada in this overview of gun laws in Nevada. From Nevada gun control to Nevada handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Nevada gun owners.
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Gun rights in Kentucky. Learn more about gun rights in Kentucky in this overview of gun laws in Kentucky. From Kentucky gun control to Kentucky handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Kentucky gun owners.
Gun rights in Montana. Learn more about gun rights in Montana in this overview of gun laws in Montana. From Montana gun control to Montana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Montana gun owners.
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
The definition of totalitarianism.
: Historian and activist Cheris Kramarae once famously remarked that "feminism is the radical notion
Gun rights in Oregon. Learn more about gun rights in Oregon in this overview of gun laws in Oregon. From Oregon gun control to Oregon handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oregon gun owners.
An illustrated history of government surveillance programs.
A timeline of civil liberties and the War on Terror after the 9/11 attacks.
A timeline history of marijuana laws in the United States.
Gun rights in Illinois. Learn more about gun rights in Illinois in this overview of gun laws in Illinois. From Illinois gun control to Illinois handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Illinois gun owners.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
Gun rights in New Jersey. Learn more about gun rights in New Jersey in this overview of gun laws in New Jersey. From New Jersey gun control to New Jersey handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for New Jersey gun owners.
A biography of James Meredith (1933-), the man who integrated Ole Miss.
Gun rights in Indiana. Learn more about gun rights in Indiana in this overview of gun laws in Indiana. From Indiana gun control to Indiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Indiana gun owners.
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
Definition of heterosexism. Civil Liberties.