Civil Liberties: Most Popular Articles
Why is marijuana illegal? Find out inside.
The 8 worst presidents ever on civil liberties issues.
The pro-life vs pro-choice debate is central to American social policy, religion, and culture. Learn why here.
12 common types of oppression and their origins.
Definition of the term. Civil Liberties.
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.
How much money does an abortion cost? Learn the average cost of an abortion.
Debunking five common arguments in favor of the death penalty.
A history and description of firing squad executions. Page 4.
8 common arguments against immigration reform, with responses.
Does Congress have the power to ban cigarettes and, if so, should it exercise that power? Page 2.
The importance of the Bill of Rights isn't as obvious as it might first appear.
The top 7 arguments against racial profiling.
A description of the five major reasons why laws exist.
The American Family Association has published ten arguments against same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for the AFA, none of these arguments hold water.
A timeline history of interracial marriage laws.
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.
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 history and description of stoning to death. Page 6.
Third-wave feminism and the future of the feminist movement.
When did abortion begin? Civil Liberties.
Why is abortion legal in the United States? Tom Head explains.
A history and description of the gallows (used for hanging executions). Page 5.
A history of feminism in the United States. Includes illustrations and links to further resources on specific events.
A timeline history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist terrorist organization that worked in collusion with Southern segregationist governments.
Ten astonishingly racist Supreme Court rulings.
Is abortion murder? Some critics of the procedure say yes, but let's examine that a little more carefully.
8 reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Ninth Amendment.
A history and description of execution by beheading, including guillotine executions. Page 7.
Where do we get our rights? Tom Head reflects on the question.
An illustrated timeline documenting the history of prostitution, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present.
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 abortion? Find out here.
A history and description of death by crucifixion, including Roman crucifixions. Page 8.
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
A history and description of electric chair executions. Page 3.
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.
Definition of a ciswoman (cissexual woman).
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.
Alcohol is, without question, our country's deadliest recreational drug - and one of the most addictive. Read six reasons why alcohol is legal.
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
Why do people need government, and why is government important? Tom Head explains.
Why I use the term. Civil Liberties.
Should human cloning be banned? Tom Head weighs the pros and cons.
A history and description of gas chamber executions. Page 2.
What is heteronormativity? Read this definition.
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.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, with definition and short history.
An illustrated history of the American gay rights movement.
The three most common opinions and views on abortion rights.
A look at the ten British civil liberties violations that helped cause the American Revolution.
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 text, origins, and meaning of the Ninth Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution.
A timeline history of the War on Drugs.
A list of ten persistent myths spread by some activists within the anti-abortion movement.
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.
Facts about the War on Drugs. Civil Liberties.
A history of forced sterilization in the United States.
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.
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)
From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief overview for Minnesota gun owners.
A timeline history of pornography, from 5200 BCE to the present.
A look at the Libertarian Party's Platform, including the party's stance on fiscal policy, property rights, public services and corporations.
A timeline history of U.S. Supreme Court cases that articulate the exclusionary rule.
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.
What is illegal question? Tom Head explains.
The definition of the word Orwellian.
What is theocracy? Provides a definition of theocracy.
Why marriage is a civil right, with constitutional references.
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.
Where did the right to privacy come from? This timeline explores the origins of the right to privacy.
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.
Is abortion now legal in every state? Tom Head explains.
Overview of civil rights issues affecting homeless persons.
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.
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 text, origins, and meaning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The number one criterion for American torture is that it must leave no physical marks, and psychological torture certainly qualifies.
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment.
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!
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms? The debate hinges on the meaning of two commas.
A legal phrase referring to the obligation of courts to honor past precedents.
A short illustrated history of xenophobia in the United States.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fifth Amendment, which governs confessions and protects property rights, among other things.
An illustrated guide to various types of execution, capital punishment, and death penalty enforcement that are still in use today.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of a transwoman (transsexual woman).
The text, origins, and meaning of Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from cruel and unusual punishment.
A timeline history of freedom of speech in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A history and description of death by lethal injection procedures.
Abortion rights explained from a civil liberties perspective. Includes links to rulings, quotations, and relevant organizations.
A complete illustrated guide to John McCain's positions on key civil liberties issues, including abortion, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
Illustrated biographies of current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
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.
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.
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.
The text, origins, and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Supreme Court cases dealing with double jeopardy.
Definition of civil liberties.
From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners educators.
The Free Exercise Clause is the part of the First Amendment that reads: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise (of religion).
Civil rights issues affecting same-sex couples who are attempting to adopt. Page 4.
How will future Supreme Court cases address marijuana?
Abortion is addressed indirectly in the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about the procedure?
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
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.
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 eight Civil Rights Acts, from 1866 to 1991.
The cause of transphobia is still a subject of research and debate, but it likely reflects the fragile nature of gender identity.
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment and gun control.
Is the death penalty murder? Civil Liberties.
Looking for blogs on feminism, women's rights, and civil liberties? Here's a list of ten great ones.
From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.
An explanation of the U.S. Tenth Amendment, which protects states' rights. Includes details about the text, origins, and meaning.
Is torture justified? It isn't necessarily an easy question.
A history of human rights in the People's Republic of China.
Who wrote the First Amendment? Find out inside.
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.
Definition of the incorporation doctrine.
Information on workplace discrimination issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Page 7.
Is universal health care a human right?
A timeline history of the imperial presidency.
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.
Definition of sexism. Civil Liberties.
Is feminism relevant? Tom Head looks at the question.
A short history of Supreme Court cases dealing with self-incrimination.
An overview of landmark Supreme Court death penalty cases.
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.
Should intelligent design be taught in public schools?
Definition of a cisman (cissexual man).
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.
This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the Supreme Court's ruling impacts gun owners nation-wide.
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 profile of the concept of the imperial presidency and the unitary executive theory.
A timeline history of the Illuminati.
A timeline history of transgender and transsexual rights in the United States.
A short timeline history of the death penalty (capital punishment) in the United States.
Is there a universal human right to housing?