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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.
Where do we get our rights?
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
8 Worst Presidents From a Civil Liberties...
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
How Much Does it Cost to Get an Abortion?
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
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.
12 Common Types of Oppression and Their Origins
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
What Is Institutional Racism and How Is It...
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
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.
Learn about the Ancient History of Abortion
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
10 Anti-Abortion Myths
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
Why Is Abortion Legal in the US?
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
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.
5 Reasons Why Laws Exist
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
How Interracial Marriage Laws Have Changed...
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why is the Bill of Rights So Important?
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
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.
Is Universal Health Care a Human Right?
Is universal health care a human right?
Does a Fetus Have Rights?
Does the fetus have rights? Yes, up to a point.
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.
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.
Why Do We Need Government?
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
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.
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.
Death by Stoning
A history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
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.
5 Common Arguments for the Death Penalty
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
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.
6 Major U.S. Supreme Court Hate Speech Cases
A list of landmark Supreme Court cases on hate speech and the First Amendment.
8 Arguments Against Immigration Reform
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
Third-Wave Feminism
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
Is Marriage a Civil Right?
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
Illegal Immigrants or Undocumented Immigrants?
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
Death by Hanging
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
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!
What Is Heteronormativity and How Is It Damaging?
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
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.
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.
What Is the Definition of Abortion?
What is abortion? Find out here.
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.
Ciswoman
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
Key Facts About the War on Drugs
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
Should Cigarettes Be Illegal?
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
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.
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.
7 Reasons Racial Profiling Is Ineffective
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
8 Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
Top 10 "Obscene" Literary Classics
Ten great literary classics that were targeted by obscenity trials. Includes James Joyce's
10 Fantastic Pro-Choice Quotes
Ten quotes that remind me why I'm pro-choice.
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.
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
What Is a Transwoman?
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
What Are Your 1st Amendment Rights?
The First Amendment and its text, origins, and meanings. Includes links to information on specific clauses.
Death by Beheading
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
Why Prostitution Isn't Really the World's...
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
3 Most Common Views in the Abortion Debate
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
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.
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.
What Is Theocracy?
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
What is Illegal Immigration?
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
10 Racist Supreme Court Rulings
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
The Electric Chair
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
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.
Death by Crucifixion
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
What is the History of the War on Drugs?
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
What is Transphobia and is it a Real Disorder?
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
What If Roe v. Wade Were Overturned?
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
How the 4th Amendment Protects You
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Is Abortion Now Legal in Every State?
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
Rights of the Homeless
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
The History of Racial Profiling in the United...
History of Racial Profiling - An Illustrated History of Racial Profiling in the United States
Louisiana Gun Rights
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
Execution by Firing Squad
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
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.
Orwellian
The definition of the word Orwellian.
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.
Gas Chamber Executions
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
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.
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.
Types of Executions
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
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.
Tennessee Gun Rights
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee 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?
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.
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.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
A profile of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).
Read Up on the History of Forced Sterilization...
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All About Abortion Rights
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
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.
American Xenophobia
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find Activism Jobs
How to find activism jobs in your area.
Should human cloning be banned?
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
Wyoming Gun Rights
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.
What is the Difference Between Being Cissexual...
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
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.
Do Guns Work Well as a Deterrent to Crime?
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.
Abortion Rights Cheat Sheet
Everything you need to know about abortion rights on a single, easy-to-read page.
What is the Bill of Rights?
What is the Bill of Rights? Find out here.
Marijuana and the Supreme Court
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
Freedom of Speech in the United States
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What is Community Organizing?
Community organizing is often criticized but seldom understood.
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.
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.
Chauvinism
A history and definition of the word chauvinism.
History of the Exclusionary Rule
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
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.
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.
History of the Early Jim Crow Era (1866-1920)
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.
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.
The Establishment Clause
A history and description of the passage in the First Amendment that guarantees the separation of church and state.
Know Your Supreme Court
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
What Does the Legal Term Stare Decisis Mean?
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
Sexism
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
Biographies of Current Supreme Court Justices
Profiles of current Supreme Court justices.
The Fourteenth Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Vermont Gun Rights
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.
Why the Fathers Founded
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
Transgender Rights in the United States
A timeline history of transgender and transsexual rights in the United States.
Is the death penalty murder?
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
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.
Gun Rights Under President George W. Bush
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.
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.
'From My Cold, Dead Hands': A Profile of...
A profile of gun rights icon Charlton Heston, iconic actor and president of the National Rifle Association. Heston popularized the saying
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.
Oklahoma Gun Rights
From Oklahoma gun control to Oklahoma handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oklahoma gun owners.
Imperial Presidency 101 - Unitary Executive...
A profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
Ninth Amendment Supreme Court Cases
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
Marijuana Laws in the United States
A timeline history of marijuana laws in the United States.
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