Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
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.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
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.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
What is abortion? Find out here.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
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.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
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.
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.
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
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 firing squad executions. Page 4.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
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.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
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.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
How to find activism jobs in your area.
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
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 guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
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.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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!
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
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 biography of. Civil Liberties.
We can now prove that Christopher Columbus did not discover the Americas. It's time to stop pretending that he did.
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
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.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
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
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
A complete illustrated guide to John McCain's positions on key civil liberties issues, including abortion, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
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)
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 definition of the word Orwellian.
Where does Sen. Rand Paul stand on civil liberties issues?
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.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Looking for blogs on gay rights, LGBT or GLBT rights, gay marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships, lesbians', gays', bisexuals', and transgender persons' rights, antidiscrimination and nondiscrimination, gay adoptions, and more? Here's a top 10 list, including Good as You, Gay Rights Watch, the Big Gay Picture, and Pam's House Blend.
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
: Historian and activist Cheris Kramarae once famously remarked that "feminism is the radical notion
An overview of landmark Supreme Court death penalty cases.
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.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
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.
What is transgender status? Read the definition of transgender here.
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.
Definition of civil unions. Civil Liberties.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
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.
Should intelligent design be taught in public schools?
Information on workplace discrimination issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Page 7.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
A biography of John Paul Stevens, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 8.
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.
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 double jeopardy.
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.
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 timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
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.
What is a libertarian? Civil Liberties.
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
This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the Supreme Court's ruling impacts gun owners nation-wide.
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.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
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
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.
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
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.
The 5 most common arguments against the separation of church and state, with rebuttals.
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.
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 timeline history of press freedom in the United States.
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
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
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.
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Former President George W. Bush made several accomplishments during his tenure in the White House, particularly in the area of civil liberties.