Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles
The pro-life vs pro-choice debate is central to American social policy, religion, and culture. Learn why here.
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
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.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
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.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
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 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.
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.
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 importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
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.
Is universal health care a human right?
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
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 Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
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 stoning to death. Page 6.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
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 list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
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 heteronormativity? Read this definition.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
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.
What is abortion? Find out here.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
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.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
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.
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
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
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.
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.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
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 definition of the word Orwellian.
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 history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
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.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
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.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
A profile of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
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.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
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 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.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
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 short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
When I first began writing about same-sex marriage on this site, I used the term "gay marriage" to refer
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.
Gun rights in New Mexico. Learn more about gun rights in New Mexico in this overview of gun laws in New Mexico. From New Mexico gun control to New Mexico handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for New Mexico gun owners.
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.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
How to find activism jobs in your area.
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
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.
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
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.
Everything you need to know about abortion rights on a single, easy-to-read page.
What is the Bill of Rights? Find out here.
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
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)
Gun rights in Ohio. Learn more about gun rights in Ohio in this overview of gun laws in Ohio. From Ohio gun control to Ohio handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Ohio 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.
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 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.
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.
Community organizing is often criticized but seldom understood.
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.
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.
A history and definition of the word chauvinism.
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
Gun rights in Colorado. Learn more about gun rights in Colorado in this overview of gun laws in Colorado. From Colorado gun control to Colorado handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Colorado 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.
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 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.
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
Profiles of current Supreme Court justices.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Gun rights in Vermont. Learn more about gun rights in Vermont in this overview of gun laws in Vermont. From Vermont gun control to Vermont handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Vermont gun owners.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
A timeline history of transgender and transsexual rights in the United States.
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
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.
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.
Learn more about the firearms laws in the Keystone State. This overview covers Pennsylvania handgun laws like concealed carry, castle doctrine and others.
A profile of gun rights icon Charlton Heston, iconic actor and president of the National Rifle Association. Heston popularized the saying
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.
From Oklahoma gun control to Oklahoma handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oklahoma gun owners.
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
A timeline history of marijuana laws in the United States.