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7 Reasons Marijuana is Illegal in Most Places
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
What Each Side in the Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice...
The pro-life vs pro-choice debate is central to American social policy, religion, and culture. Learn why here.
Why is the Bill of Rights So Important?
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
8 Arguments Against Immigration Reform
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
What Torture Techniques Has America Used?
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
7 Reasons Racial Profiling Is Ineffective
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
How Much Does it Cost to Get an Abortion?
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
12 Common Types of Oppression and Their Origins
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
4 Reasons to Support Same-Sex Marriage
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.
What Is Institutional Racism and How Is It...
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
5 Common Arguments for the Death Penalty
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
8 Worst Presidents From a Civil Liberties...
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
Learn about the Ancient History of Abortion
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
Second Amendment Timeline: History of Gun...
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.
Should Cigarettes Be Illegal?
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
5 Reasons Why Laws Exist
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
Third-Wave Feminism
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
A Short History of Feminism in America
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
Why Is Abortion Legal in the US?
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
10 Racist Supreme Court Rulings
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
What Are the Human Rights Violations in North...
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.
Why Protest Events Are Not a Waste of Time
Picking up a protest sign and going out to march, in the heat or the cold, is not a very natural thing to do. But it's not a waste of time, and here's why.
What Is Heteronormativity and How Is It Damaging?
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
Why Abortion Is Different Than Murder
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
How Interracial Marriage Laws Have Changed...
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
The History of Anti-Flag Burning Laws In the U.S.
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.
Death by Stoning
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
Ninth Amendment Supreme Court Cases
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
What Are the Gun Laws in Missouri?
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.
10 Really Bad Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
8 Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
What is the History of the Ku Klux Klan?
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
Execution by Firing Squad
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
Key Facts About the War on Drugs
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
Torture in the United States
A timeline documenting the history of torture in the United States.
How the 9th Amendment Protects Your Rights...
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
The History of Racial Profiling in the United...
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
Death by Beheading
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
Death by Hanging
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
What Is the Definition of Abortion?
What is abortion? Find out here.
How A Pro-2nd Amendment President Supported Gun...
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.
Why Do We Need Government?
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
Why Prostitution Isn't Really the World's...
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
What's in The Bill of Rights?
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.
10 Fantastic Pro-Choice Quotes
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
What is the Actual Text of The Second Amendment?
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
History of Pornography
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
What is the History of the War on Drugs?
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
Montana Gun Rights
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.
The Electric Chair
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
6 Major U.S. Supreme Court Hate Speech Cases
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
What Are Human Rights?
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
What is the Full Text and Meaning of the Fifth...
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
McDonald v. Chicago
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
What is Illegal Immigration?
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
The Miller Test
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)
Where Did the Right to Privacy Come From?
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
Free Exercise Clause
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
Fifth Amendment Supreme Court Cases
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.
What Are Your 1st Amendment Rights?
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
Does a Fetus Have Rights?
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
Is Torture Justified?
Is torture justified? It isn't necessarily an easy question.
Gas Chamber Executions
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
The Religious Right
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.
All About Abortion Rights
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
Why the Fathers Founded
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
The Horrific War Crimes of Saddam Hussein
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.
Why is Alcohol Legal?
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
10 Anti-Abortion Myths
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Is Marriage a Civil Right?
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
List of Human Rights Organizations
A list of human rights organizations.
What Does the Legal Term Stare Decisis Mean?
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
The Crucifixion of Manadel al-Jamadi
Manadel al-Jamadi was tortured to death by U.S. interrogators at Abu Ghraib Prison on November 4, 2003.
What You Should Know about the 8th Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
Death by Crucifixion
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
Ciswoman
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
How The American Gay Rights Movement Has Played...
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
What Makes a Gun an Assault Weapon?
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.
Types of Executions
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
Is Abortion Now Legal in Every State?
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
Should human cloning be banned?
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
What Are Minnesota's Gun Laws?
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
What Is Theocracy?
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
Illegal Immigrants or Undocumented Immigrants?
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
Censorship in the United States
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.
What Are the Gun Laws in New York?
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.
Do Guns Work Well as a Deterrent to Crime?
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.
American Xenophobia
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
What Are the Gun Laws in Texas?
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.
3 Most Common Views in the Abortion Debate
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
Does the 2nd Amendment Protect the Individual...
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
Lethal Injection
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
The Establishment Clause
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
Read Up on the History of Forced Sterilization...
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
What Is Feminism Really About?
: Historian and activist Cheris Kramarae once famously remarked that "feminism is the radical notion
What Kind of Libertarian Are You?
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!
Waterboarding and Torture
Is waterboarding torture? Find out what key policymakers think, and learn the latest on this important civil liberties controversy.
History of the Exclusionary Rule
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
The Incorporation Doctrine
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.
Imperial Presidency 101 - Unitary Executive...
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
The Fourteenth Amendment
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
How the 4th Amendment Protects You
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Second Amendment and Gun Control
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
What is the Gun Show Loophole and Why Does it...
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.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
What Is a Transwoman?
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
Who wrote the First Amendment?
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
A biography of. Civil Liberties.
Where do we get our rights?
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
What Are the Gun Laws in Indiana?
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.
Human Rights in the People's Republic of China
A history of human rights in the People's Republic of China.
The Libertarian Party's Platform at a Glance
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
Tennessee Gun Rights
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
Freedom of Speech in the United States
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
Kentucky Gun Rights
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.
Rights of the Homeless
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
History of the Civil Rights Era (1954-1968)
U.S. participation in the international slave trade ended in 1808, but the institution of chattel slavery dragged on in the United States for another 57 years and ended only after a massive and bloody regional civil war. Page 5.
How To Become an Activist
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.
A Breakdown of DC v. Heller
This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the Supreme Court's ruling impacts gun owners nation-wide.
West Virginia Gun Rights
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.
New Jersey Gun Rights
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.
What is the Difference Between Being Cissexual...
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
10 Fantastic Blogs on Feminism and Women's Rights
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
Concealed Carry
Every U.S. state has different concealed carry laws. Some are Shall Issue while others are May Issue. Learn the different concealed carry laws in America and which states fall under each category.
The Illuminati
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
Nativism
Definition of the term nativism.
Orwellian
The definition of the word Orwellian.
Double Jeopardy and the Supreme Court
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
What Are the Gun Laws in Nevada?
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.
Lesbian and Gay Adoption Rights
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
What Does the Bible Say about Abortion?
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
Mississippi Gun Rights
Gun rights in Mississippi. Learn more about gun rights in Mississippi in this overview of gun laws in Mississippi. From Mississippi gun control to Mississippi handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Mississippi gun owners.
So What's Up With the 10th Amendment?
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
Definition: Civil Liberties
Definition of civil liberties.
North Carolina Gun Rights
Gun rights in North Carolina. Learn more about gun rights in North Carolina in this overview of gun laws in North Carolina. From North Carolina gun control to North Carolina handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for North Carolina gun owners.
Illinois Gun Rights
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.
New Mexico Gun Rights
Gun rights in New Mexico. Learn more about gun rights in New Mexico in this overview of gun laws in New Mexico. From New Mexico gun control to New Mexico handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for New Mexico gun owners.
What Are Civil Unions?
Definition of civil unions. Civil Liberties.
5 Arguments Against Separation of Church and...
The 5 most common arguments against the separation of church and state, with rebuttals.
Top 10 "Obscene" Literary Classics
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
What is Transphobia and is it a Real Disorder?
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
History of the Early Jim Crow Era (1866-1920)
U.S. participation in the international slave trade ended in 1808, but the institution of chattel slavery dragged on in the United States for another 57 years and ended only after a massive and bloody regional civil war. Page 3.
Sexism
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
History of Human Rights
A history and timeline of human rights, with emphasis on human rights documents.
Maine Gun Rights
Gun rights in Maine. Learn more about gun rights in Maine in this overview of gun laws in Maine. From Maine gun control to Maine handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Maine gun owners.
Iowa Gun Rights
Gun rights in Iowa. Learn more about gun rights in Iowa in this overview of gun laws in Iowa. From Iowa gun control to Iowa handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Iowa gun owners.
Top 10 Death Penalty Blogs
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.
Know Your Supreme Court
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Is the death penalty murder?
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
The Death Penalty in the United States
A short timeline history of the death penalty (capital punishment) in the United States.
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