Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles
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.
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
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 timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
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 top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
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 murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
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!
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
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.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
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? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
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.
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.
Where does Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), likely 2016 presidential contender, stand on key civil liberties issues?
An overview of Hillary Clinton's positions on key civil liberties issues.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the Supreme Court's ruling impacts gun owners nation-wide.
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 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? Provides a definition of theocracy.
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
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.
Former President George W. Bush made several accomplishments during his tenure in the White House, particularly in the area of civil liberties.
What is abortion? Find out here.
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, with definition and short history.
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.
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.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
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.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
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.
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
Comprehensive immigration reform explained. What is it, and why is it controversial?
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
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 eight Civil Rights Acts, from 1866 to 1991.
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
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 history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
From Oklahoma gun control to Oklahoma handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oklahoma gun owners.
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.
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.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
A summary of McLaughlin v. State of Florida (1964), the Supreme Court's second interracial relationships case.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
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.
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.
A human rights profile of the government of Iran, which is guilty of systemic human rights abuses and human rights violations.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
The history of racial segregationism in the United States is hard to pin down, as the key players have generally worked in secret.
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.
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.
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
Supreme Court cases dealing with pornography.
An overview of the Democratic Party and where it stands on civil liberties issues.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
Is feminism relevant? Tom Head looks at the question.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
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.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
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.
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? Find out inside.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
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 text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
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? Find out here.
Definition of civil liberties.
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.
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 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.
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A summary of Pace v. Alabama (1883), the Supreme Court's first interracial marriage case.
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
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.
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.
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.
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
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.
A timeline history of desegregation in the United States.
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
Community organizing is often criticized but seldom understood.
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.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
Some protesters and pundits have argued that Barack Obama holds a socialist ideology. Are they right?