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Anti-Feminist Religious Right Figure Phyllis Schlafly Dies At Age 92

Phyllis Schlafly, a longtime Religious Right activist who successfully led the effort to stop the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s and who advocated “traditional” roles for women in American society, died Sept. 5 at age 92.

Although best known for her role in blocking the ERA, Schlafly had a long career in the far right and over the years took on a range of “culture war” issues. Through her group the Eagle Forum, she was especially active in recent years opposing the expansion of rights for LGBTQ Americans.

The Final Repudiation Of Phyllis Schlafly

Last night around 9:40 I received an email with a curious subject line. “The Greatest American Woman, R.I.P.,” it read.

“Who could that be?” I wondered as I opened the message. Came the answer: Phyllis Schlafly.

“Today, Phyllis Schlafly died like she lived – with dignity and a smile,” wrote Ed Martin, president of the Eagle Forum, a group Schlafly founded. “Surrounded by her family, Phyllis passed away and entered her reward with the Lord. Her family, friends and staff will miss her. Her nation will be eternally grateful.”

The Eagle Has Crash Landed

In December of 2005, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck down a policy in the Dover, Pa., public school district that was designed to promote “intelligent design” creationism.

Religious Right warhorse Phyllis Schlafly was not happy.

Schlafly, noting that Jones was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, opined that his ruling was a type of betrayal.

Measure Of Justice: Remembering The Battle Over Robert Bork

I know it’s not considered polite to speak ill of the dead, but I’m going to bend that rule today to comment on Robert H. Bork, the former federal appeals court judge and failed Supreme Court candidate who died yesterday.