Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
The pro-life vs pro-choice debate is central to American social policy, religion, and culture. Learn why here.
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
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.
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.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
Profiles of current Supreme Court justices.
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
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.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
When I first began writing about same-sex marriage on this site, I used the term "gay marriage" to refer
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
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.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
A biography of John G. Roberts, current Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
A biography of John Paul Stevens, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 8.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
A biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 4.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
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.
A biography of Anthony M. Kennedy, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 5.
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.
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.
A biography of Samuel Alito, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 2.
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
The eight Civil Rights Acts, from 1866 to 1991.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
A biography of Associate Justice Samuel Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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!
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
A biography of Clarence Thomas, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 9.
A biography of Stephen Breyer, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 3.
A biography of Antonin Scalia, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 6.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
A biography of David H. Souter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Page 7.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
What is abortion? Find out here.
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.
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
No organization has done more to promote civil liberties in the United States than the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
The debate over same-sex marriage brings to mind an excellent question: Should the government legislate relationships at all?
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.
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.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
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.
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 complete illustrated guide to John McCain's positions on key civil liberties issues, including abortion, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
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.
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.
A biography of Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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
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.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
A timeline history of laws affecting marriage rights.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
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.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
Gun rights in South Carolina. Learn more about gun rights in South Carolina in this overview of gun laws in South Carolina. From South Carolina gun control to South Carolina handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for South Carolina gun owners.
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.
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.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
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.
Definition of civil unions. Civil Liberties.
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
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.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
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.
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 timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
What is the Bill of Rights? Find out here.
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.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
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.
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
A timeline history of desegregation in the United States.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A biography of Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.
A timeline history of sodomy laws in the United States.
Definition of civil liberties.
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.
Former President George W. Bush made several accomplishments during his tenure in the White House, particularly in the area of civil liberties.
Supreme Court cases dealing with pornography.
A timeline history of state's rights.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
How to find activism jobs in your area.
A biography of Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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 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.
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
Who selects Supreme Court justices?
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.
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
Gun rights in Virginia. Learn more about gun rights in Virginia in this overview of gun laws in Virginia. From Virginia gun control to Virginia handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Virginia gun owners.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.