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Where do we get our rights?
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
What Each Side in the Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice...
The pro-life vs pro-choice debate is central to American social policy, religion, and culture. Learn why here.
7 Reasons Marijuana is Illegal in Most Places
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
8 Worst Presidents From a Civil Liberties...
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
Why Do We Need Government?
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
The Fourteenth Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Why is the Bill of Rights So Important?
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
5 Reasons Why Laws Exist
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
How Much Does it Cost to Get an Abortion?
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
What Is Institutional Racism and How Is It...
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
12 Common Types of Oppression and Their Origins
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
How To Become an Activist
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.
Illegal Immigrants or Undocumented Immigrants?
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
What's in The Bill of Rights?
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.
4 Reasons to Support Same-Sex Marriage
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.
Why Is Abortion Legal in the US?
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
What Are the Gun Laws in Missouri?
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.
President Barack Obama and Gun Rights
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 Abortion Is Different Than Murder
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
The Libertarian Party's Platform at a Glance
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
The History of Anti-Flag Burning Laws In the U.S.
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.
Learn about the Ancient History of Abortion
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
How Interracial Marriage Laws Have Changed...
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
8 Arguments Against Immigration Reform
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
What Are the Human Rights Violations in North...
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.
Does a Fetus Have Rights?
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
10 Anti-Abortion Myths
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Second Amendment Timeline: History of Gun...
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.
A Short History of Feminism in America
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
What Is Theocracy?
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
What is the Actual Text of The Second Amendment?
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
The Horrific War Crimes of Saddam Hussein
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.
Is Universal Health Care a Human Right?
Is universal health care a human right?
What Kind of Libertarian Are You?
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!
How A Pro-2nd Amendment President Supported Gun...
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.
Is Marriage a Civil Right?
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
The Civil Rights Acts
The eight Civil Rights Acts, from 1866 to 1991.
President Barack Obama and Assault Weapons
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.
10 Really Bad Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
What Are Human Rights?
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
8 Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
What is the Gun Show Loophole and Why Does it...
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.
Why is Alcohol Legal?
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
What is the History of the Ku Klux Klan?
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
Death by Stoning
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
James Meredith
A biography of James Meredith (1933-), the man who integrated Ole Miss.
Third-Wave Feminism
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
Why Prostitution Isn't Really the World's...
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
Why the Fathers Founded
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
3 Most Common Views in the Abortion Debate
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
What Is Heteronormativity and How Is It Damaging?
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
What is Illegal Immigration?
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
5 Common Arguments for the Death Penalty
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
7 Reasons Racial Profiling Is Ineffective
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
10 Racist Supreme Court Rulings
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
6 Major U.S. Supreme Court Hate Speech Cases
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
Should Cigarettes Be Illegal?
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
What Is the Definition of Abortion?
What is abortion? Find out here.
What Are Your 1st Amendment Rights?
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Death by Hanging
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
What Is a Transwoman?
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
Ciswoman
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
Key Facts About the War on Drugs
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
Top 10 "Obscene" Literary Classics
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
What Makes a Gun an Assault Weapon?
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.
American Xenophobia
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
What Are Minnesota's Gun Laws?
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
10 Fantastic Pro-Choice Quotes
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
Death by Beheading
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
What is the History of the War on Drugs?
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
The Religious Right
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.
How the 9th Amendment Protects Your Rights...
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
Execution by Firing Squad
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
The Electric Chair
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
Ninth Amendment Supreme Court Cases
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
What Bush Has Done Right
Former President George W. Bush made several accomplishments during his tenure in the White House, particularly in the area of civil liberties.
What If Roe v. Wade Were Overturned?
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
What Does the Bible Say about Abortion?
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
Orwellian
The definition of the word Orwellian.
Death by Crucifixion
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
What is the Difference Between Being Cissexual...
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
Should human cloning be banned?
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
Top 10 Blogs on Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian,...
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.
How the 4th Amendment Protects You
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Rights of the Homeless
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
What Are the Gun Laws in New York?
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.
New Jersey Gun Rights
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.
What is the Full Text and Meaning of the Fifth...
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
Tennessee Gun Rights
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
What is the Bill of Rights?
What is the Bill of Rights? Find out here.
What Torture Techniques Has America Used?
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
10 Fantastic Blogs on Feminism and Women's Rights
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
History of Pornography
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
Illinois Gun Rights
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.
Read Up on the History of Forced Sterilization...
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
What Does the Legal Term Stare Decisis Mean?
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
West Virginia Gun Rights
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.
Hillary Clinton on Civil Liberties
An overview of Hillary Clinton's positions on key civil liberties issues.
Types of Executions
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
Concealed Carry
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.
Is Abortion Now Legal in Every State?
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
Does the 2nd Amendment Protect the Individual...
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
New Mexico Gun Rights
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.
What Are the Gun Laws in Nevada?
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.
Fifth Amendment Supreme Court Cases
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 History of Racial Profiling in the United...
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
Totalitarianism
The definition of totalitarianism.
Where Did the Right to Privacy Come From?
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
Who wrote the First Amendment?
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
Find Activism Jobs
How to find activism jobs in your area.
Gas Chamber Executions
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
Freedom of Speech in the United States
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
Kentucky Gun Rights
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.
Why Protest Events Are Not a Waste of Time
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.
Louisiana Gun Rights
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
All About Abortion Rights
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
So What's Up With the 10th Amendment?
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
Montana Gun Rights
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.
History of the Exclusionary Rule
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
Oklahoma Gun Rights
From Oklahoma gun control to Oklahoma handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oklahoma gun owners.
What Are the Gun Laws in Indiana?
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.
Maine Gun Rights
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.
Censorship in the United States
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.
Abortion Rights Cheat Sheet
Everything you need to know about abortion rights on a single, easy-to-read page.
Definition: Civil Liberties
Definition of civil liberties.
What You Need to Know About NRA Director Wayne...
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.
Colorado Gun Rights
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.
The Establishment Clause
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
Undocumented (aka "Illegal") Immigration
A history of undocumented, aka
Ohio Gun Rights
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.
Rhode Island Gun Rights
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.
Idaho Gun Rights
Gun rights in Idaho. Learn more about gun rights in Idaho in this overview of gun laws in Idaho. From Idaho gun control to Idaho handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Idaho gun owners.
Ex Post Facto
Definition of the legal term ex post facto.
What You Should Know about the 8th Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
The Second Amendment and Gun Control
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
Gay Marriage or Same-Sex Marriage?
When I first began writing about same-sex marriage on this site, I used the term "gay marriage" to refer
Who Selects Supreme Court Justices?
Who selects Supreme Court justices?
The Illuminati
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
History of the Electric Chair
A single-page summary of the electric chair's origins and history.
Iowa Gun Rights
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.
Kansas Gun Rights
Kansas is a shall-issue state. Local officials are required to issue concealed carry permits to qualified applicants. Kansas has a castle law. Etc
Transgender Rights in the United States
A timeline history of transgender and transsexual rights in the United States.
The Evolution of American Civil Liberties
A short history of American civil liberties.
South Carolina Gun Rights
Gun rights in South Carolina. Learn more about gun rights in South Carolina in this overview of gun laws in South Carolina. From South Carolina gun control to South Carolina handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for South Carolina gun owners.
Maryland Gun Rights
Gun rights in Maryland. Learn more about gun rights in Maryland in this overview of gun laws in Maryland. From Maryland gun control to Maryland handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Maryland gun owners.
Virginia Gun Rights
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.
Civil Liberties Organizations
Ten organizations that focus on civil rights and civil liberties issues.
What Are the Gun Laws in Texas?
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 Miller Test
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)
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