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 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
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.
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
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.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
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 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.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
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 I use the term. Civil Liberties.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
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.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
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 history of forced sterilization in the United States.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
What is abortion? Find out here.
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
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.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
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.
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 text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
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)
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
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 is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
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.
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.
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
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 look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
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.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
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 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.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
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.
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.
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.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
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.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
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 eight Civil Rights Acts, from 1866 to 1991.
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.
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.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
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 U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
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 text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
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 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.
Information on current policies preventing gay men from donating blood and other tissues. Page 2.
Definition of civil liberties.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
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 Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
No organization has done more to promote civil liberties in the United States than the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
A summary of Pace v. Alabama (1883), the Supreme Court's first interracial marriage case.
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.
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
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.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
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.
Information on workplace discrimination issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Page 7.
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
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 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.
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
What is the Bill of Rights? Find out here.
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.
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
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.
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
Should intelligent design be taught in public schools?
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
Former President George W. Bush made several accomplishments during his tenure in the White House, particularly in the area of civil liberties.
Gun rights in Rhode Island. Learn more about gun rights in Rhode Island in this overview of gun laws in Rhode Island. From Rhode Island gun control to Rhode Island handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Rhode Island gun owners.
A timeline history of transgender and transsexual rights in the United States.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
How to find activism jobs in your area.
From Oklahoma gun control to Oklahoma handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oklahoma gun owners.
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
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.
Is universal health care a human right?
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
Kansas is a shall-issue state. Local officials are required to issue concealed carry permits to qualified applicants. Kansas has a castle law. Etc
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.
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.