When I was reading that ridiculous comment from Cathie Adams of the Eagle Forum (and the equally silly one from *stay at home mom* Patricia Neerman) about how Sarah Palin, mom of five, can have it all, something tweaked me from the corner of my memory. I've seen Cathie Adams speak at a couple of TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) meetings but had no idea what the Eagle Forum actually was. Also saw a quote from the Alaska Eagle Forum.
Pro-life advocates heaped praise on Palin about the news and said she and her family made a courageous decision to keep the baby.
“I can't help but remember Governor Palin’s campaign slogan ‘Take a Stand,'" Debbie Joslin, the president of Eagle Forum Alaska told LifeNews.com.
"Her choice to value life in a very personal way speaks volumes and gives those of us in the pro-life community in Alaska cause to believe that we truly do have a pro-life leader in charge of our state," she said.
Looked it up, It's the organization that Phyllis Schlafly started after fighting the Equal Rights Amendment.
What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother
Goofy. Who ever said women couldn't be? But I'm sure that marshalled a persecution complex in some women.
Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions.
Yeah. And now we have abstinence classes in high school That works... NOT.
Sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for virtuous women
One of the most idiotic and sexist comments from Schlafly.
People think that child-support enforcement benefits children, but it doesn't.
So let's just let all the people, men or women, who don't want to pay for their kids off the hook eh?
Men should stop treating feminists like ladies, and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be.
Feminism does not mean women want to be men, it means they want, among other things, to get PAID the same as a man. You know, what John McCain and now Sarah Palin by being his VP are against. Say, wonder if this means that Palin would be happy making less then Dick Cheney.
The atomic bomb is a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God
It is long overdue for parents to realize they have the right and duty to protect our children against the intolerant evolutionists
I suppose this must be one place that teaching creationism in a science class comes from. That's what Sarah Palin believes.
By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape
I think a better analogy for why Palin is on the ticket is that she fills the bill as a younger, hotter Schlafly, who can be all buds with James Dobson and promote the anti-feminist agenda. From Frontpagemag
Schlafly represented a long tradition in Anglo-American history that said that it wives and mothers were the cornerstone of a republic. Within this tradition, women acting as wives and mothers within the hierarchical family considered themselves essential to the preservation of the Republic. The cornerstone of society, they believed, was the traditional family in which the wife and mother conveys to her children tradition and morals, manners and civil habits. This moral republicanism created permeable spheres of private and public life.
Phyllis Schlafly and her followers reflected this moral tradition in America. Through their efforts they defeated ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment that had been passed by Congress and awaited ratification by the states. When Schlafly arrived on the scene, 30 of the 38 states had ratified ERA. Even though it had the support of both political parties, the support of Ford and Carter (and their wives), the support of the media, and the support of Hollywood, ERA would be defeated. It forever made Schlafly into the enemy of feminists such as Betty Friedan who declared, “I would like to burn you at the stake. You are a traitor to your sex.” The ERA story makes for an exciting story, as does Schlafly’s later opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage, women in combat, and judicial activism.
By the way, Schlafly never maintained that women should stay at home and not be involved in civic life. Her own mother worked in the depression of the 1930s to support the family and Phyllis Schlafly worked her way through college by working full-time on the night shift testing ammunition at a local ordinance plant. She did believe that a mother’s first responsibility should be to her children and not her career. She raised six children, while doing most of her writing at home in the evenings. When she ran for Congress twice, she arranged her schedule to try to be home for dinner with her family. All of her children are successful and all are conservatives.
FP: How would American conservatism and America be different if there had been no Phyllis Schlafly?
Critchlow: It is certain that ERA would have been ratified. It defeating ERA, Schlafly tapped into a new constituency that GOP conservative strategists realized could revive the party: Christian evangelicals. This was a constituency waiting to be mobilized. Traditional minded Christians, as well as Jews, felt that they were under attack by the secular left. Since the banning of prayer in public schools in 1962, evangelical Christians had been simmering. Then in the late 1960s came further assaults on tradition and custom through the liberalization of abortion on the state level, feminism, sex education, and the spread of pornography. Schlafly mobilized evangelical Christian women into the STOP ERA campaign, and in doing so, helped revive the conservative movement and the GOP, shifting it to the Right. She showed that social issues was the key to unleash a conservative revolution that began in the midterm elections of 1978 and continued through the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Schlafly is 84 years old now and still writing for right-wing sites. Consider.
She wants an end to all abortion. She wants to stop gay marriage. And she wants to hear some John Philip Sousa at the Republican National Convention.
Schlafly also fielded questions from reporters -- on John F. Kerry's Vietnam record, on abortion, but mostly, on homosexuality. Which brings Schlafly to another thing she wishes: that people would stop asking her about her gay son.
John Schlafly, 53, the eldest of her six children, acknowledged he is gay in 1992. Since then, Phyllis Schlafly -- who believes homosexuality is wrong, because all sex outside marriage is wrong -- has had to publicly square her vehement opposition to gay rights with her son's sexuality.
I am of course not suggesting that Sarah Palin has the same energy or drive to BE another Phyllis Schlafly, but I do think that McCain campaign likes the idea of having a Schlafly-idea-like lightning rod person to draw the people for whom Schlafly is a hero and not a nut.