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.
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.
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
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.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
What is abortion? Find out here.
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.
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
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.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
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 the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
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.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
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.
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.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
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 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.
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
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.
: Historian and activist Cheris Kramarae once famously remarked that "feminism is the radical notion
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
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.
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 number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
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.
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 biography of. Civil Liberties.
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.
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 Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
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.
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
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 legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
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
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
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 timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
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.
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
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.
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 Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
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.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
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.
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
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.
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
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.
Definition of civil unions. Civil Liberties.
How to find activism jobs in your area.
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
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
Definition of civil liberties.
How is the death penalty viewed within Christianity? How have Christian perspectives on capital punishment changed over time?
A complete illustrated guide to John McCain's positions on key civil liberties issues, including abortion, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
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.
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
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.
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
The definition of totalitarianism.
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.
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.
What is transgender status? Read the definition of transgender here.
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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
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.
The 5 most common arguments against the separation of church and state, with rebuttals.
An analysis of the Washington, DC voting rights issue.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
All about the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects suspects' rights to a jury, a speedy trial, and an attorney.
Is universal health care a human right?
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
A timeline history of marijuana laws in the United States.
Definition of habeas corpus. Civil Liberties.
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
What is a libertarian? 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 profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.