Conservative Icon Phyllis Schlafly Passes Away at 92
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, the founder of the Eagle Forum who organized women and conservatives around the country, passed away Monday at 92.
Schlafly is known for her successful fight against the “Equal Rights Amendment” and its attack on family values and her push for a pro-life platform in the Republican Party. She founded the Eagle Forum in 1972, which became a major part of the “Reagan Revolution” in the 1980s under conservative President Ronald Reagan, who won the Cold War against the Soviet Union and “Made America Great Again.”
Phyllis Schlafly was so hated by radical feminist and other leftist extremists that the Marxist founder of the modern feminist movement, Betty Friedan, once told her, “I’d like to burn you at the stake.”
Donald Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association (AFA), calls Schlafly “one of my heroes” and credits her with helping the AFA grow so much.
“No matter how bad things looked,” conservative leader Richard Viguerie notes, “hope and encouragement came from Phyllis Schlafly and her legions of women. In so doing, she opened the door to the creation of the Moral Majority and helped facilitate the addition of social conservatives to the Reagan coalition.”
Schlafly first gained national notoriety in 1964 with her book A CHOICE NOT AN ECHO, sold three million copies and which criticized the political legacy of Republican liberals like Nelson Rockefeller.
Schlafly was a long-time friend and supporter of MOVIEGUIDE® and its founder, Dr. Ted Baehr. She believed in our mission to protect children from toxic media by redeem the mass media of entertainment. Dr. Ted Baehr exclaimed upon her passing, “Phyllis Schlafly was not only brilliant but wise. She had the common sense to know what to do and the wit to do it. Her passing is a great gain for heaven, and a great loss for the USA.”
– Sources: One News Now and Richard Viguerie, ConservativeHQ.com, 09/07/16.
By Peter Lundell, Contributing Writer
Hollywood is a sanctuary of righteousness. It really is.
Depending on your definition of righteousness.
After taking a great filmmaking class with Dr. Ted Baehr called HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), I took a famous film class at a major secular university in Los Angeles. Besides skills in screenwriting, I also learned a bit about the culture surrounding the film industry. One thing is that you must never be cliche-ish. About anything. Except the “F” word. Then you can be cliche-ish all you like.
As a class exercise, each day we read aloud and critiqued scenes from one another’s screenplays. I saw a generous and steady supply of “F–” this and “F–” that. Grammatical variations on the word came in the forms of verbs, participles, infinitives, gerunds, concrete nouns, and even abstract nouns. I was impressed at how many ways a clichéd word could be used.
Along with that, we couldn’t leave out “D–” words, “S–” words, and combinations of vulgarity and abusing God’s name. But, no problem! We don’t mind. No one minds—at least, we don’t care who minds. That’s how we hopefully keep the linguistic shock value flowing. Or, so the thinking seems to go.
Most of my classmates seemed oblivious to the continual offense toward anyone with spiritual or moral values who might take issue with such “freedom of expression.”
Then the fun part came. One student had a scene in which the protagonist female African-American character auditioned for a lead role in a play. Competition was high, so in this particular scene the character asked a white male supporting character to do something that would shock the play’s director into a sense of injustice and sympathy, which the protagonist hoped would get her the coveted lead role. We wondered what the ploy would be.
The shock of discovery rolled across the classroom like an ocean wave. A lingering anxiety remained like a wave in a rising tide that doesn’t entirely go back out.
The supporting character would call the protagonist a—
I can’t say it…a racial epitaph.
Don’t get me wrong. A number of my close friends are African-American. My early childhood was spent in East Africa, where my best friends carried traditional weapons such as shields and spears. I am not kidding, and I have photos to prove it. If you do my African friends wrong, you do me wrong.
However, here were aspiring screenwriters who couldn’t have cared less if they insulted God or Christians or Jews (though other beliefs seemed to get a pass). They didn’t mind demeaning women or traditional values. And all manner of vulgarity, whether in speech, action, or imagery, was just fine.
But not the racial derogatory term that is frequently used by rappers!
The professor said to the guy reading the part, “Just try, and we’ll understand. See how it goes.”
Tension rose as we came near the unsacred line. The guy paused, started to say the word, and stopped. All breaths were held. He let out his breath and confessed, “I just can’t say the word.”
“That’s okay,” the professor said. “Just as well. Keep going.” And, calm returned to the classroom.
I sat amazed.
I will never willingly speak or act disparagingly toward people of any race, ethnicity, religion, or sex. So I too would not have wanted to say the epitaph. Yet, I would have been absolutely unwilling to abuse God’s name.
Then it became clear to me. Christians and other people of religious faith or high moral sensibilities are not the only ones with a sense of righteousness.
The difference is that our righteousness (however well or badly we practice it) is vertical. It is defined and formed largely by biblical teaching, a higher authority that comes down to us. Thus, we not only avoid speech that disparages other people, we also avoid speech, attitudes, and practices that are offensive to God and the moral lifestyle the Bible establishes.
What I call “Hollywood righteousness” is horizontal. It is non-religious and has nothing to do with a religious faith or morality. It has to do with the society it serves and the social aspects it chooses to care about.
Hollywood righteousness is defined primarily by Political Correctness. So it might equally be called “politically correct righteousness.”
In the collective conscience of Political Correctness, vulgarity and taking God’s name in vain are allowed. After all, we want to be free from godly religion. And, we want freedom to be as debased as our hormones lead us. But, Political Correctness dictates that the certain offensive words, like the one in the example above must never be said. Never mind that all this ignores the real issues of transformation of the human heart. By its very nature, Political Correctness cannot go beneath superficialities. It is inherently a veneer that demands things look and sound “correct.”
So here I am, a person who humbly, sometimes stumbling, pursues vertical righteousness. In this entertainment world of horizontal, politically correct righteousness, what do I do?
I smile. I love. I befriend. I stand my ground. And, I write very the best I can. I am a light in a sometimes-dark place.
Light always prevails.
And, God is not going away.
Editor’s note: Peter Lundell is a writer, pastor, and teacher who helps people live well in the face of eternity—visit him at www.PeterLundell.com
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