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The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
A timeline history of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
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.
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.
8 Worst Presidents From a Civil Liberties...
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
5 Reasons Why Laws Exist
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
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.
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.
8 Arguments Against Immigration Reform
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
Death by Beheading
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
5 Common Arguments for the Death Penalty
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
What Is Theocracy?
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
How Interracial Marriage Laws Have Changed...
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
What Is the Definition of Abortion?
What is abortion? Find out here.
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 Abortion Legal in the US?
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
Why Do We Need Government?
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
Death by Stoning
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
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.
Third-Wave Feminism
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
Learn about the Ancient History of Abortion
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
7 Reasons Racial Profiling Is Ineffective
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
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.
Should Cigarettes Be Illegal?
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
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.
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.
Execution by Firing Squad
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
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 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.
Key Facts About the War on Drugs
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
Read Up on the History of Forced Sterilization...
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
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.
Ninth Amendment Supreme Court Cases
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
Death by Hanging
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
What Is Institutional Racism and How Is It...
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
10 Anti-Abortion Myths
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Christian Group Objects to Baptism-by-Waterboar...
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
Why the Fathers Founded
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
10 Racist Supreme Court Rulings
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
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.
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.
The History of Racial Profiling in the United...
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
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.
The Electric Chair
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
Why Prostitution Isn't Really the World's...
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
What is Illegal Immigration?
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
What Is Heteronormativity and How Is It Damaging?
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
10 Fantastic Pro-Choice Quotes
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
Who wrote the First Amendment?
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
Does a Fetus Have Rights?
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
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.
Death by Crucifixion
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
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 is the History of the War on Drugs?
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
How the 4th Amendment Protects You
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Gas Chamber Executions
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
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.
Types of Executions
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
6 Major U.S. Supreme Court Hate Speech Cases
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
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.
How The American Gay Rights Movement Has Played...
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
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 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.
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.
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.
Anthony Comstock
A short biography of Anthony Comstock, the mad censor of New York.
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.
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.
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)
Is Marriage a Civil Right?
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
Orwellian
The definition of the word Orwellian.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Should human cloning be banned?
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
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.
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!
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
Is Abortion Now Legal in Every State?
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
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.
John McCain on Civil Liberties Issues
A complete illustrated guide to John McCain's positions on key civil liberties issues, including abortion, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
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.
Where do we get our rights?
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
What Is a Transwoman?
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
Ciswoman
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
What Does the Bible Say about Abortion?
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
Lethal Injection
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
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).
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.
Relax: Nobody's Going to Repeal the Second...
Relax: Nobody's Going to Repeal the Second Amendment...
What Does the Legal Term Stare Decisis Mean?
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
Illegal Immigrants or Undocumented Immigrants?
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
3 Most Common Views in the Abortion Debate
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
The Fourteenth Amendment
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
American Xenophobia
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
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.
All About Abortion Rights
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
Tennessee Gun Rights
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
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.
Double Jeopardy and the Supreme Court
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
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 Minnesota's Gun Laws?
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?
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
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.
What is the Difference Between Being Cissexual...
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
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.
The Second Amendment and Gun Control
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
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.
Should intelligent design be taught in public...
Should intelligent design be taught in public schools?
The Establishment Clause
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
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.
Top 10 "Obscene" Literary Classics
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
The Evolution of American Civil Liberties
A short history of American civil liberties.
Freedom of Speech in the United States
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
Sexism
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
Oklahoma Justices Threatened with Impeachment...
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
6 Rights You Could Lose Under President Ron Paul
Ron Paul promotes himself as a small-government candidate, but a closer examination of his platform and record reveals otherwise.
History of Pornography
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
Ex Post Facto
Definition of the legal term ex post facto.
Brooklyn Museum Exhibit Celebrates the Art of...
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
Workplace Discrimination
Information on workplace discrimination issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Page 7.
Justice Department Announces Racial Profiling...
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?
Who selects Supreme Court justices?
Under "Nuisance" Statutes, Domestic Violence...
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
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.
Lesbian and Gay Adoption Rights
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
Is Universal Health Care a Human Right?
Is universal health care a human right?
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.
Louisiana Gun Rights
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
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.
Cesare Beccaria on the Right to Bear Arms
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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.
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.
History of the Exclusionary Rule
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
Totalitarianism
The definition of totalitarianism.
What Is Feminism Really About?
: Historian and activist Cheris Kramarae once famously remarked that "feminism is the radical notion
Oregon Gun Rights
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.
Big Brother is Watching
An illustrated history of government surveillance programs.
Civil Liberties and the War on Terror: The...
A timeline of civil liberties and the War on Terror after the 9/11 attacks.
Marijuana Laws in the United States
A timeline history of marijuana laws in the United States.
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.
Rights of the Homeless
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
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.
James Meredith
A biography of James Meredith (1933-), the man who integrated Ole Miss.
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.
Imperial Presidency 101 - Unitary Executive...
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
Heterosexism
Definition of heterosexism. Civil Liberties.
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