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 importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
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.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
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.
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.
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.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
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.
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.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
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.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
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 American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
A timeline documenting the history of torture in the United States.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
What is abortion? Find out 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.
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.
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.
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
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 pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
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 description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First 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 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.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
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 did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
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.
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
Is torture justified? It isn't necessarily an easy question.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
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.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
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.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
A list of human rights organizations.
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
Manadel al-Jamadi was tortured to death by U.S. interrogators at Abu Ghraib Prison on November 4, 2003.
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 crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
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.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
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.
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 short illustrated history of xenophobia 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.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
: Historian and activist Cheris Kramarae once famously remarked that "feminism is the radical notion
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!
Is waterboarding torture? Find out what key policymakers think, and learn the latest on this important civil liberties controversy.
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
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 Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
A biography of. Civil Liberties.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
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 of human rights in the People's Republic of China.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
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.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 cisman (cissexual man).
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
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.
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
Definition of the term nativism.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
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.
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 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.
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
Definition of civil liberties.
Gun rights in North Carolina. Learn more about gun rights in North Carolina in this overview of gun laws in North Carolina. From North Carolina gun control to North Carolina handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for North Carolina gun owners.
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.
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.
Definition of civil unions. Civil Liberties.
The 5 most common arguments against the separation of church and state, with rebuttals.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
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.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
A history and timeline of human rights, with emphasis on human rights documents.
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 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.
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.
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
A short timeline history of the death penalty (capital punishment) in the United States.