Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles
The pro-life vs pro-choice debate is central to American social policy, religion, and culture. Learn why here.
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 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.
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
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.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
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.
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
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.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
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.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the Supreme Court's ruling impacts gun owners nation-wide.
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.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
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.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
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.
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.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
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 stoning to death. Page 6.
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.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
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.
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 timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
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.
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.
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!
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
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 history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
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.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
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.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Definition of abortion. Civil Liberties.
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
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 history of racial segregationism in the United States is hard to pin down, as the key players have generally worked in secret.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
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)
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
The eight Civil Rights Acts, from 1866 to 1991.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
What is abortion? Find out here.
Is feminism relevant? Tom Head looks at the question.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
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.
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
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
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.
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
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.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
A human rights profile of the government of Iran, which is guilty of systemic human rights abuses and human rights violations.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
From Oklahoma gun control to Oklahoma handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oklahoma gun owners.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
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 a transwoman (transsexual woman).
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
What is the Bill of Rights? Find out here.
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
Comprehensive immigration reform explained. What is it, and why is it controversial?
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
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.
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.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
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.
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
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 the Second Amendment and gun control.
The history of U.S. constitutional amendments tells the story of our country's history in 27 short, strange chapters.
Definition of civil liberties.
A timeline history of the right to die movement.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
Former President George W. Bush made several accomplishments during his tenure in the White House, particularly in the area of civil liberties.
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 sexism. Civil Liberties.
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.
Ten organizations that focus on civil rights and civil liberties issues.
A summary of McLaughlin v. State of Florida (1964), the Supreme Court's second interracial relationships case.
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.
Is torture justified? It isn't necessarily an easy question.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
A timeline history of transgender and transsexual rights in the United States.
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
Gun rights in Michigan. Learn more about gun rights in Michigan in this overview of gun laws in Michigan. From Michigan gun control to Michigan handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Michigan gun owners.
An overview of Hillary Clinton's positions on key civil liberties issues.
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.
So where do civil liberties fit in on the political map, anyway?
The 5 most common arguments against the separation of church and state, with rebuttals.