Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles
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.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
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.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
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.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
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.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
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.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
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.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
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)
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
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.
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.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
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.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
What is abortion? Find out here.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
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 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.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
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 complete illustrated guide to John McCain's positions on key civil liberties issues, including abortion, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
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.
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 First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
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.
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!
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
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.
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
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.
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.
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 transwoman (transsexual woman).
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
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 timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
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.
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
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.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
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.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
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.
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
A timeline history of transgender and transsexual rights in the United States.
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
The eight Civil Rights Acts, from 1866 to 1991.
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
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 definition of the word Orwellian.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
A short timeline history of the death penalty (capital punishment) in the United States.
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
What is the Bill of Rights? Find out here.
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
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 text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A timeline history of marijuana laws in the United States.
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
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.
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.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
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.
What is transgender status? Read the definition of transgender here.
Information on workplace discrimination issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Page 7.
Six common arguments used to support prayer in public schools, with responses.
An overview of landmark Supreme Court death penalty cases.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
A timeline history of the right to die movement.
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.
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 4.
A summary of Pace v. Alabama (1883), the Supreme Court's first interracial marriage case.
Former President George W. Bush made several accomplishments during his tenure in the White House, particularly in the area of civil liberties.
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
Is feminism relevant? Tom Head looks at the question.
A history of human rights in the People's Republic of China.
Should intelligent design be taught in public schools?
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
Gun rights in Maine. Learn more about gun rights in Maine in this overview of gun laws in Maine. From Maine gun control to Maine handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Maine gun owners.
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.
Definition of civil liberties.
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
An overview of Hillary Clinton's positions on key civil liberties issues.
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the Supreme Court's ruling impacts gun owners nation-wide.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
The 5 most common arguments against the separation of church and state, with rebuttals.
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.
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
A history of undocumented, aka