Last updated on: 10/18/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Phyllis Schlafly, JD Biography

Title:
Founder and President of Eagle Forum
Position:
Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The reason the Los Angeles County seal is such a big deal is not because it is a violation of the First Amendment. It is because a pot of gold hiding under it is attracting the ACLU like honey attracts flies. A little known 1976 federal law called the Civil Rights Attorney’s Fees Awards Act enables the ACLU to collect attorney’s fees for its suits against crosses, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Ten Commandments. This law was designed to help plaintiffs in civil rights cases, but the ACLU is using it for First Amendment cases, asserting a civil right NOT to see a cross or the Ten Commandments.”

“Pots of Gold Behind Crosses and Ten Commandments,” Eagle Forum, June 23, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Radio talk show on education called “Phyllis Schlafly Live,” 1989-present
  • Illinois Mother of the Year, 1992
  • Member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1985-1991
  • Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, 1983-1986
  • Weekly television commentaries on CNN, 1980-83
  • Member of the Illinois Commission on the Status of Women, appointed by the Illinois Legislature, 1975-1985
  • Weekly television commentaries on the CBS Morning News, 1974-1975
  • Semi-weekly CBS commentator on the Spectrum series, 1973-1978
  • Commentator for WBBM Chicago, 1973-1975
  • Founder and President of Eagle Forum, 1972-present
  • Chapter Regent and Honorary Chapter Regent, DAR member of Ninian Edwards Chapter in Alton, Illinois, 1950-present
  • Honorary LLD from Niagara University
  • Honorary Doctor of Christian Letters from Franciscan University of Steubenville
Education:
  • JD, Washington University Law School, 1978
  • Master’s in Government, Harvard University, 1945
  • BA, Washington University, St. Louis, 1944
Other:
  • Served as an elected Delegate to six Republican National Conventions: 1956, 1964, 1968, 1984, 1988, 1992; and as an elected Alternate Delegate to three other Republican National Conventions: 1960, 1980, and 2000
  • Three times elected President of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women
  • Elected First Vice President, National Federation of Republican Women
Quoted in:
  1. Is Title IX, the Law Protecting People against Discrimination Based on Their Sex, a Good Law?
  2. Is the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) a Good Law?