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7 Reasons Marijuana is Illegal in Most Places
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
Distilling the Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice Debate:...
The pro-life vs pro-choice debate is central to American social policy, religion, and culture. Learn why here.
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.
8 Worst Presidents From a Civil Liberties...
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
4 Reasons to Support Same-Sex Marriage
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. Page 5.
How Much Does it Cost to Get an Abortion?
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
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.
12 Types of Oppression
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
8 Arguments Against Immigration Reform
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
5 Arguments for the Death Penalty
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
Why Racial Profiling is a Bad Idea
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
Should Cigarettes Be Illegal?
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
Why is Abortion Legal in the United States?
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
Interracial Marriage Laws
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
Human Rights in North Korea
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.
Texas Gun Rights
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.
Death by Stoning
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
10 Racist Supreme Court Rulings
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
Feminism in the United States
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
History of Prostitution
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
Top 10 Pro-Choice Quotes
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
Why is the Bill of Rights important?
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ: A Civil...
The trial and death of Jesus Christ, from a civil libertarian's perspective.
Is abortion murder?
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
Heteronormativity
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
8 Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
10 Anti-Abortion Myths
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Flag Burning Laws - History of U.S. 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.
When Did Abortion Begin?
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
Why Laws Exist
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
Death by Beheading
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
Execution by Firing Squad
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
Is abortion now legal in every state?
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
Death by Hanging
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
What is abortion?
What is abortion? Find out here.
The Second Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
Definition of Assault Weapons
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.
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.
The American Gay Rights Movement
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
Missouri Gun Rights
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.
American Torture Techniques
The Big Question: The U.S. government has been accused of using "torture-lite," or "moderate physical
Racial Profiling in the United States
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
Third-Wave Feminism
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
History of the War on Drugs
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
Nevada Gun Rights
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.
Ciswoman
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
Death by Crucifixion
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
The Electric Chair
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
Minnesota Gun Rights
Gun rights in Minnesota. Learn more about gun rights in Minnesota in this overview of gun laws in Minnesota. From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Minnesota gun owners.
The Fifth Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
Types of Executions
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
Lesbian and Gay Adoption Rights
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
Gas Chamber Executions
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
New York Gun 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.
Hate Speech Cases
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
Transwoman
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
Why Do People Need Government?
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
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.
Why is Alcohol Legal?
Six reasons why alcohol is legal.
Does a Fetus Have Rights?
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
Institutional Racism
: The term "institutional racism" describes societal patterns that have the net effect of imposing oppressive
Gun Shows
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.
Does the Second Amendment Protect the Right to...
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
Tennessee Gun Rights
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
Stare Decisis
Stare decisis definition. Civil Liberties.
The Ninth Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
Definition: Human Rights
A definition of human rights. Civil Liberties.
The 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.
10 Top 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.
Indiana Gun Rights
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.
What does the Bible say about abortion?
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
The First Amendment
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
Lethal Injection
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
What is Illegal Immigration?
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
Forced Sterilization in the United States
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
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!
Theocracy
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
Gun Rights and Self-Defense
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.
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.
The Fourth Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Is Marriage a Civil Right?
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
All About Abortion Rights
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
The Religious Right
The roots and motivations of the Religious Right.
The Three Most Common Views on Abortion
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
Why the Fathers Founded
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that were among the reasons for the American Revolution.
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.
Top 10 "Obscene" Literary Classics
"/> 2. "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (1928) by D.H. Lawrence What is now Lawrence's best-known book was just
The Second Amendment and Gun Control
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
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.
History of the Civil Rights Era (1954-1968)
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.
Workplace Discrimination
Information on workplace discrimination issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Page 7.
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.
Should the Government Legislate Relationships?
The debate over same-sex marriage brings to mind an excellent question: Should the government legislate relationships at all?
Illegal Immigrants or Undocumented Immigrants?
When someone resides in the United States without having filled out the requisite immigration paperwork,
Should human cloning be banned?
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
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.
Libertarian
What is a libertarian? Civil Liberties.
Orwellian
The definition of the word Orwellian.
Key Facts About the War on Drugs
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
What is the Difference Between Being Cissexual...
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
Feminism
: Historian and activist Cheris Kramarae once famously remarked that "feminism is the radical notion
The Fourteenth Amendment
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment.
The Establishment Clause
A history and description of the establishment clause, which guarantees separation of church and state.
Kansas Gun Rights
Gun rights in Kansas. Learn more about gun rights in Kansas in this overview of gun laws in Kansas. From Kansas gun control to Kansas handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Kansas gun owners.
Marijuana Laws in the United States
A timeline history of marijuana laws in the United States.
Mississippi Gun Rights
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.
Oregon Gun Rights
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.
The Eighth Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
Michigan Gun Rights
Gun rights in Michigan. Learn more about gun rights in Michigan in this overview of gun laws in Michigan. From Michigan gun control to Michigan handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Michigan gun owners.
History of the Exclusionary Rule
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
Rights of the Homeless
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
National Association for the Advancement of...
A timeline history of the NAACP.
Where do we get our rights?
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
American Xenophobia
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
Nebraska Gun Rights
Gun rights in Nebraska. Learn more about gun rights in Nebraska in this overview of gun laws in Nebraska. From Nebraska gun control to Nebraska handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Nebraska gun owners.
McDonald v. Chicago
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
Free Exercise Clause
A definition of the Free Exercise Clause.
Big Brother is Watching
An illustrated history of government surveillance programs.
History of Pornography
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
Is Universal Health Care a Human Right?
Is universal health care a human right?
The Illuminati
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
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.
Pennsylvania Gun Rights
Learn more about the firearms laws in the Keystone State. This overview covers Pennsylvania handgun laws like concealed carry, castle doctrine and others.
6 Arguments for Prayer in Public Schools
Six common arguments used to support prayer in public schools, with responses.
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.
Ninth Amendment Supreme Court Cases
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
Civil Unions
Definition of civil unions. Civil Liberties.
Double Jeopardy and the Supreme Court
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
What is Transphobia and is it a Real Disorder?
The definition of the word transphobia.
The Execution of Angel Nieves Diaz
The botched lethal injection of Angel Diaz led Florida, and perhaps California and Maryland, to declare moratoria on capital punishment while courts and commissions examine the constitutionality of existing lethal injection protocols.
The Miller Test
Definition of the Miller test. Civil Liberties.
What If Roe v. Wade Were Overturned?
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
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.
Top 10 Death Penalty Blogs
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.
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.
Lesbians and Gay Men in the Military
Information on discrimination against lesbians and gay men who would like to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Page 5.
Transgender
What is transgender status? Read the definition of transgender here.
Louisiana Gun Rights
Gun rights in Louisiana. Learn more about gun rights in Louisiana in this overview of gun laws in Louisiana. From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners.
Who wrote the First Amendment?
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
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.
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.
Civil Liberties Organizations
Ten organizations that focus on civil rights and civil liberties issues.
Is Torture Justified?
Is torture justified? It isn't necessarily an easy question.
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.
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.
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.

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