Support Phyllis Schlafly

Washington University — my alma mater, and also Phyllis Schlafly’s — is planning to award her an honorary doctorate. Predictably, the campus Left is outraged — and desperate to derail the accoldae.

I happen to think the practice of awarding honoring doctorates is ridiculous, but Schlafly is one of Wash U’s most famous alumnae and a woman who has accomplished a hell of a lot more than any of her critics. One doesn’t need to agree with her politics to acknowledge that she’s an historic, even iconic, figure. So far, most of the lefty malcontents have been expressing their hysteria by joining a Facebook group, while the university is standing firm.

There are pro-Schlafly Facebook groups too — at least two that I’ve joined. I hope other students, alumns, and supporters will sign-up and, more importantly, make sure that the university doesn’t capitulate. Abolish honorary doctorates if you don’t want to court controversy by awarding them, but if you’re going to have them, Phyllis Schlafly deserves one. It’s about time Wash U recognized her achievements — when I helped bring her to speak on campus way back when, she mentioned that it was the first time in decades that anyone at the university had extended an invitation. Frankly, it’s the university that will be doing itself the honor by giving Schlafly her due.

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3 thoughts on “Support Phyllis Schlafly

  1. Desert Friend May 8, 2008 / 2:01 pm

    Ah Dan, in our day we would have stopped these bastards dead in their tracks. It would have been a glorious struggle that we – being so much smarter and better organized (albeit with fewer numbers) – could have won.

    I want to reach through my computer and bunch all of these morons in their faces.

    Its worth noting that Crooked Timber has a laughable screed against Schlafly here.

    It’d be nice to see you demolish her. But its probably not worth your time. Although it might give you the inspiration to elaborate the case for Schlafly for your readers who don’t know about her. As Rothbard would say, let hatred be your muse.

  2. Desert Friend May 8, 2008 / 2:05 pm

    I just had a hilarious memory. I’m sure you remember clearly when we brought Schlafly to speak to Wash U. Well, some of the campus feminists were surprisingly disarmed by her. In particular, I remember after the talk *Lucy Biederman* went up to Schlafly to give her a piece of her mind and was so intimidated that all she could think to do was scream “I’m not wearing a bra!!!” at the top of her lungs and run away.

    Ha ha ha ha ha.

  3. Ames May 16, 2008 / 4:44 am

    Schalfly is an abomination. Can you really justify her hatred for gay men and women (including her son), her hypocritical insistence that women “know their place,” and her radical (and ignorant) creaitonism?

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