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.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
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 importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
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.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
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 of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
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.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
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.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
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.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
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.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
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 text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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.
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
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.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
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 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.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
A biography of. Civil Liberties.
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
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 legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
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 number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
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.
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.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
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.
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
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.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
A four-part argument in favor of amnesty for undocumented Mexican-American immigrants.
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 Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
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)
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
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 the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
A timeline history of marijuana laws in the United States.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
: Historian and activist Cheris Kramarae once famously remarked that "feminism is the radical notion
A short timeline history of the death penalty (capital punishment) in the United States.
A timeline history of the right to die movement.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
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 human rights in the People's Republic of China.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.
Information on workplace discrimination issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Page 7.
This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the Supreme Court's ruling impacts gun owners nation-wide.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
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.
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.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
Is feminism relevant? Tom Head looks at the question.
A list of human rights organizations.
Gun rights in Montana. Learn more about gun rights in Montana in this overview of gun laws in Montana. From Montana gun control to Montana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Montana gun owners.
How is the death penalty viewed within Christianity? How have Christian perspectives on capital punishment changed over time?
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
When historians look back on Eric Holder's time as attorney general, there's a lot they may remember him for--some of it good, some of it not so good. But we
If you're a member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and you'd discovered that an execution in your state had been horribly botched, that might reasonably lead you
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A timeline history of the Illuminati.
The Brooklyn Museum's new exhibit, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, takes a second look at the visual arts legacy of the civil rights movement--an
The municipal government of East Rochester, New York really hates it when police officers have to deal with domestic violence calls. That's the message their
Six common arguments used to support prayer in public schools, with responses.
The 5 most common arguments against the separation of church and state, with rebuttals.
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
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.
Is universal health care a human right?
Should intelligent design be taught in public schools?
A complete illustrated guide to John McCain's positions on key civil liberties issues, including abortion, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
A biographical profile and timeline of the life of Rev. Al Sharpton, prominent civil rights activist and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate.
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.
All about the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects suspects' rights to a jury, a speedy trial, and an attorney.
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.
A summary of Pace v. Alabama (1883), the Supreme Court's first interracial marriage case.
A history of undocumented, aka
A timeline history of transgender and transsexual rights in the United States.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.