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Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles

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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.
12 Common Types of Oppression and Their Origins
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
7 Reasons Marijuana is Illegal in Most Places
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
Why is the Bill of Rights So Important?
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
Why Is Abortion Legal in the US?
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
5 Reasons Why Laws Exist
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
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.
How Interracial Marriage Laws Have Changed...
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
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.
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.
7 Reasons Racial Profiling Is Ineffective
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
8 Worst Presidents From a Civil Liberties...
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
Ninth Amendment Supreme Court Cases
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
5 Common Arguments for the Death Penalty
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
Why Do We Need Government?
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
8 Arguments Against Immigration Reform
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
How Much Does it Cost to Get an Abortion?
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
Does a Fetus Have Rights?
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
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.
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.
What Is Institutional Racism and How Is It...
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
Learn about the Ancient History of Abortion
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
10 Anti-Abortion Myths
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
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.
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!
Should Cigarettes Be Illegal?
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
Is Marriage a Civil Right?
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
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.
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.
Illegal Immigrants or Undocumented Immigrants?
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
Should human cloning be banned?
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
What is Illegal Immigration?
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
Why the Fathers Founded
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
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.
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.
Ted Cruz on Civil Liberties
Where does Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), likely 2016 presidential contender, stand on key civil liberties issues?
Hillary Clinton on Civil Liberties
An overview of Hillary Clinton's positions on key civil liberties issues.
8 Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
6 Major U.S. Supreme Court Hate Speech Cases
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
10 Racist Supreme Court Rulings
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
Death by Stoning
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
What If Roe v. Wade Were Overturned?
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
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.
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.
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.
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)
What Is Theocracy?
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
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 Are Your 1st Amendment Rights?
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
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.
What Bush Has Done Right
Former President George W. Bush made several accomplishments during his tenure in the White House, particularly in the area of civil liberties.
What Is the Definition of Abortion?
What is abortion? Find out here.
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.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
When and Where Were Gunowners Rights First...
Have you ever wondered when and where gunowners' rights were first restricted in America? Read about Georgia's handgun ban in 1837, the nation's first gun control law, and what ultimately resulted from it.
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 Prostitution Isn't Really the World's...
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
What Does the Bible Say about Abortion?
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
American Xenophobia
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
Third-Wave Feminism
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
Where do we get our rights?
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
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.
Execution by Firing Squad
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
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.
Marijuana and the Supreme Court
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
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.
History of Pornography
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
What Is Heteronormativity and How Is It Damaging?
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
The History of Racial Profiling in the United...
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Comprehensive immigration reform explained. What is it, and why is it controversial?
Death by Hanging
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
Gas Chamber Executions
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
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.
The Electric Chair
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
Freedom of Speech in the United States
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
3 Most Common Views in the Abortion Debate
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
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 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.
The Civil Rights Acts
The eight Civil Rights Acts, from 1866 to 1991.
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.
Death by Crucifixion
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
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.
Death by Beheading
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
Oklahoma Gun Rights
From Oklahoma gun control to Oklahoma handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oklahoma gun owners.
Gun Rights Under President Bill Clinton
Gun rights came under fire during the administration of President Bill Clinton. The Clinton administration brought about the Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Bill, as well as several executive orders that pushed through new gun control measures.
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.
Top 10 "Obscene" Literary Classics
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
McLaughlin v. State of Florida (1964): Can...
A summary of McLaughlin v. State of Florida (1964), the Supreme Court's second interracial relationships case.
Rights of the Homeless
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
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.
President Barack Obama and Gun Rights
The administration of President Barack Obama has been largely neutral on the issue of gun rights, despite a heightened fear from pro-gun advocates in the run-up to the 2008 election. Learn about Obama's record on guns that led to that fear and the Obama administration's position on such issues as assault weapons, background checks and data reporting of gun sales.
Human Rights in Iran - Iranian Human Rights...
A human rights profile of the government of Iran, which is guilty of systemic human rights abuses and human rights violations.
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.
The Illuminati
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
Tennessee Gun Rights
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
Segregationism: A Short Timeline
The history of racial segregationism in the United States is hard to pin down, as the key players have generally worked in secret.
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.
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.
Lethal Injection
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
Supreme Court Pornography Cases
Supreme Court cases dealing with pornography.
The Democratic Party on Civil Liberties
An overview of the Democratic Party and where it stands on civil liberties issues.
Types of Executions
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
Is feminism relevant?
Is feminism relevant? Tom Head looks at the question.
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.
Top 10 Blogs on Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian,...
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.
Double Jeopardy and the Supreme Court
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
Key Facts About the War on Drugs
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
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.
Top 10 Blogs on Immigrants' Rights
Looking for blogs about immigrants' rights, undocumented immigrants, illegal immigrants, guest workers, naturalization, new immigrants, and more? Here's a top 10 list including ImmigrationProf, Vivir Latino, and HispanicTips.
History of Constitutional Amendments
The history of U.S. constitutional amendments tells the story of our country's history in 27 short, strange chapters.
Who wrote the First Amendment?
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
What is the History of the War on Drugs?
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
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.
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.
What Does the Legal Term Stare Decisis Mean?
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
Is Abortion Now Legal in Every State?
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
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.
What is the Bill of Rights?
What is the Bill of Rights? Find out here.
Definition: Civil Liberties
Definition of civil liberties.
President Barack Obama and Assault Weapons
President Barack Obama has pledged his support for a permanent ban on the sale of assault weapons in the United States. However, no action has been taken to enact such a ban. Learn more about President Obama's stance on assault weapons.
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.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
Gun Rights Under President George W. Bush
Gun rights took a step forward under the administration of President George W. Bush. A federal ban on assault weapons expired during the administration of George W. Bush and nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court led to two major court victories favoring the Second Amendment. However, President Bush also supported some mild gun control measures.
Louisiana Gun Rights
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
Wyoming Gun Rights
Gun rights in Wyoming. Learn more about gun rights in Wyoming in this overview of gun laws in Wyoming. From Wyoming gun control to Wyoming handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Wyoming 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.
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.
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.
Who is Dr. Gary Kleck?
Dr. Gary Kleck's 1993 National Self-Defense Survey single-handedly destroyed a number of arguments for gun control by proving that guns are much more likely to be used in defense of crime than they are to be used to commit crime. Find out more about Dr. Gary Kleck and his self-defense research.
Pace v. Alabama (1883): Can a State Ban...
A summary of Pace v. Alabama (1883), the Supreme Court's first interracial marriage case.
Is the death penalty murder?
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
All About Abortion Rights
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About NRA Director Wayne...
A biography of Wayne LaPierre, a career-long employee of the National Rifle Association and long-time executive director and CEO of the NRA. LaPierre has been a staunch supporter of gun rights throughout his career as a political lobbyist and has drawn both praise and criticism as the public spokesman of the NRA.
10 Fantastic Pro-Choice Quotes
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
How The American Gay Rights Movement Has Played...
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
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.
Desegregation in the United States
A timeline history of desegregation in the United States.
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).
What is Community Organizing?
Community organizing is often criticized but seldom understood.
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.
Read Up on the History of Forced Sterilization...
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
History of the Exclusionary Rule
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
Is Obama a Socialist?
Some protesters and pundits have argued that Barack Obama holds a socialist ideology. Are they right?
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