Category: Phyllis Schlafly

Sessions Comments On Passing Of Phyllis Schlafly

News Releases

Sep 06 2016

“Phyllis Schlafly was a visionary patriot who understood American exceptionalism and all of the glorious qualities that make our country great. Over the decades, she steadfastly led the fight against those whose actions she believed were eroding the best of American values. This took great courage, as she often found herself in conflict with popular modern and post-modern trends. But she was never intimidated. Instead, she was energized by the challenge. And since she was smarter than her opponents and could brilliantly articulate the American vision and our constitutional heritage, she consistently won the debates.

Phyllis was first and foremost a champion of the people. She stood firmly against the corruption, big money, and insider dealing that too often tainted even the conservative policymakers she worked to elect. She did not hesitate to blow the whistle on them either. In fact, her historic first book, A Choice Not an Echo, originally published in 1964 and recently republished, was a call to arms. It made the case that there was too much wheeling and dealing and that the winners were the insiders with money while the losers were our hard working citizenry. Hers was an egalitarian ideal—all are equal. For Phyllis, this meant, among other things, that our schools must give every child a chance to rise and not be tracked into classes as often is the case in Europe. We have lost a great American in the truest sense of the word.”

http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=news-releases&id=B108D52E-29E6-4FED-8D3C-5173A3C95F78

AL House of Representatives passes resolution mourning the death, celebrating the life of Phyllis Schlafly

Eagle Forum of Alabama would like to thank Representative Arnold Mooney for his sponsorship of Alabama House Resolution mourning the death and celebrating the life of Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly.  Phyllis passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016.

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Statement of Eunie Smith on Passing of Phyllis Schlafly

Eagle Forum First Vice President Reflects on the Life and Legacy of one of America’s Great Conservative Leaders

 

Today Phyllis Schlafly has gone home to be with her Lord after a long illness.  America has lost a great stateswoman, and we at Eagle Forum and among the conservative movement have lost a beloved friend and mentor, who taught and inspired so many to fight the good fight in defense of American values.  I have personally lost a dear friend of over forty years.

Known as the “sweetheart of the silent majority,” and the matriarch of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly has been a visionary, a unifier, and a voice of conscience for more than six decades.

Phyllis has been credited with doing the impossible, when she and the army of grassroots volunteers she led and trained defeated the so-called Equal Rights Amendment, which had passed both houses of Congress and seemed destined for certain ratification among the states.

Also previously thought impossible, Phyllis not only brought together people of various faiths that historically worked separately, she brought these people of faith into the political process like never before, creating a crucial voting block of values voters.

Following the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, many of the volunteers Phyllis trained became leaders in the organization that was named Eagle Forum.  The name was inspired by Isaiah 40:31, an encouragement to the battle weary that those who wait upon the Lord will “mount up with wings like eagles.”

Phyllis and her beloved “Eagles” are known for fighting tirelessly and for mobilizing political power for principle, not prestige or profit.  For decades under Phyllis’ leadership, Eagle Forum has led the pro-family movement through such diverse and important battles as defending the unborn, defending traditional marriage, defending American workers from unfair trade and immigration policies, defending individual inventors from losing their intellectual property to large corporations, defending women from being drafted into military combat, defending full-time homemakers, defending conservatives and grassroots activists from establishment kingmakers, defending children from politicized public education, defending American taxpayers from out-of-control federal spending, and defending against threats to American exceptionalism.

There will never be another Phyllis Schlafly.  Today is a day to celebrate her amazing legacy and to remember the profound difference she made in the conduct of American public policy.  Thank you, Phyllis.  We will not grow weary.

“Healing Eagle Forum” by Jane Chastain of World Net Daily

Phyllis Schlafly is at or near the top of every list of the most admired conservative women in America – and rightfully so. For the record, Phyllis Schlafly was one of my early mentors, and I hold her in high esteem.

So it was with sadness that I read that there was a coup attempt to oust her as board chairman and CEO of Eagle Forum, the organization she started in 1972, which boasts some 80,000 members. Similar stories have circulated over the past two weeks.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/healing-eagle-forum/#k2vLYffSYIA33Wbj.99

Eagle Forum Press Release – 4/11/16

 

EF National

Eagle Forum Press Release

The Board of Eagle Forum, a 501(c)(4) corporation, held a Board meeting in accordance with and pursuant to the Eagle Forum By-Laws and Illinois State Law at 2 pm CDT on April 11, 2016.

Pursuant to the By-Laws, Eagle Forum First Vice President, Eunie Smith, presided over the meeting.  Eagle Forum Founder, Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly, the Chairman of the Board, was present during the entire meeting, including expressing herself on all seven votes.  In Schlafly’s opening statement she said she has spent her life building Eagle Forum as a unique organization of volunteers.  She also said that paid staff cannot order volunteers around.

Mrs. Smith said,  “The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that Eagle Forum will continue long into the future as a viable force for all the causes we have addressed in the past, for God, family and country.”

The Board of Eagle Forum voted to remove Mr. Ed Martin as President of the corporation; effective immediately.  Mrs. Eunie Smith is serving as President until a new President is elected pursuant to the Eagle Forum By-Laws.

Mrs. Smith appointed Eagle Forum Board Vice Chairman, Anne Schlafly Cori, daughter of Phyllis Schlafly, as Executive Director of Eagle Forum.  Anne Schlafly Cori has worked with our state organizations and worked alongside Phyllis for some time.

Anne Schlafly Cori said, “I am honored and excited to be working with our wonderful state volunteer leaders from across the country.  We are continuing the incredible legacy of our Founder Phyllis Schlafly.”

Dr. Shirley Curry was directed to lead a Search Committee for a new president of Eagle Forum.

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Ed Martin’s Slander Against Eagle Forum of Alabama

Dear friends and supporters,

I am writing you to set the record straight.  You may have received an email from Ed Martin, who has been employed for approximately 16 months by the National Eagle Forum board on which I serve.  He made statements against me personally as well as Eagle Forum of Alabama. These statements from Mr. Martin are slanderous, libelous and without merit. Does it make sense that six long term board members with a total of 219 years of collective volunteer service to the organization would “hijack Eagle Forum”?  (I have personally served over 44 years.) Certainly not!  These board members have fought tirelessly for many years for the values we hold dear under the leadership of Phyllis Schlafly.

Phyllis Schlafly nominated me to the position which I have served for many years as First Vice President of the National Eagle Forum C4 Board. To accuse me of calling for her removal is also slanderous, libelous and without merit.  Her legacy is legendary and ongoing. It is because of our love and respect for Phyllis and our years of camaraderie that we remain dedicated to protecting her legacy and Eagle Forum.

The “rogue meeting” which Mr. Martin references is a duly called meeting of the full board of directors to conduct necessary board business.  The Martin email with its baseless name calling was not signed by Phyllis Schlafly and is totally uncharacteristic of Eagle Forum.  Eagle Forum has always been an organization that exemplified respectful dialogue and free speech.  The email was apparently designed to intimidate and to thwart six patriotic Americans from doing their fiduciary duty.  These women love God and country and have sacrificed selflessly as volunteers to serve both through Eagle Forum.  To make private Board matters public and slander these women in the process is unconscionable.

Mr. Martin’s letter asserts that Eagle Forum of Alabama “allowed Alabama to pass a Constitutional Convention (Con Con) in 2015.”  While Eagle Forum of Alabama’s goal is to influence the legislature on a myriad of public policy issues, it is beyond absurd to hold this organization accountable for all actions of the state legislature. As you well know, Eagle Forum of Alabama and I personally have faithfully fought any form of Con Con brought to Alabama since our founding. Eagle Forum of Alabama’s reputation of opposing Con Con is well known to those in Alabama. For examples, search our state chapter’s website (alabamaeagle.org) using the term “Constitutional Convention” where a smorgasbord of entries regarding our activities will be readily apparent.

Eagle Forum of Alabama is committed to protecting the integrity of America’s divinely inspired Constitution.  We were instrumental in the Alabama legislature’s resolution rescinding all Con Con calls as far back as 1981. On May 6, 2015, I sent a letter via email to Alabama legislators stating Eagle Forum of Alabama’s position against a Con Con. Included in that letter was Andy Schlafly’s statement against it, as well.  Please see the Con Con question contained in the attached candidate questionnaire and official response from Deborah Love, Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama here.  It is well-known that Eagle Forum of Alabama has consistently opposed any call for a Federal Con Con as well as State Con Cons.

Eagle Forum of Alabama immediately calls on Mr. Martin to cease making slanderous remarks about Eagle Forum of Alabama. If Mr. Martin does not stop making these false statements, we will be forced to take further action on behalf of Eagle Forum of Alabama. If anyone has questions about Eagle Forum’s stance on issues or activities, please contact me or the staff of Eagle Forum of Alabama.  Please be assured that we will continue as we have done for more than 44 years to stand for truth.

Sincerely,

Eunie Smith
President

Eagle Forum of Alabama

Office (205) 879-7096

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Some of Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Educational Resources on the Dangers of Constitutional Conventions

This is not a comprehensive list of our publications or work on the dangers of Constitutional Convention.

 

Video Library Resources on Constitutional Convention

alabamaeagle.org/resources/video-library

 

Print Resources on Constitutional Convention and Constitutional Education.  All resources in print and media library are listed our website and are available to the public at no charge.

alabamaeagle.org/resources/print-library

 

Question on Candidate Questionnaire on Constitutional Conventions

http://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Stacy-Lee-George.pdf

 

Eagle Forum of Alabama Website Articles on Constitutional Conventions

http://alabamaeagle.org/?s=Constitutional+Convention

 

Executive Director, Deborah Love’s Response to Ed Martin’s False Accusations

http://alabamaeagle.org/2016/04/11/executive-director-deborah-loves-response-to-ed-martins-false-accusations

 

Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Position Statement

http://alabamaeagle.org/issues/alabama-constitution

 

Eunie Smith’s letter to Alabama Legislators on an Article V Convention

http://alabamaeagle.org/2016/04/11/andy-schlafly-on-a-compact-for-a-balanced-budget-article-v-convention

 

Executive Director Deborah Love’s Response to Ed Martin’s False Accusations

Dear Eagle Forum Members and Friends,

Eagle Forum of Alabama has always very strongly opposed every form of Constitution Convention (Con Con) brought to Alabama’s doorstep. Since my employment began with Eagle Forum of Alabama and before, our state organization has worked tirelessly to stop Con Con. I have always fought, as Executive Director of Alabama Eagle Forum, to oppose Con Con.  Here is a list of my activities to fight Con Con on behalf of Eagle Forum of Alabama since my employment began about a year and half ago.  I have participated in numerous conference calls led by Janine Hansen on Con Con and also participated in Eagle Forum State leaders’ calls opposing Con Con, led by the national office.   I have always joined in the calls when able, provided information about the Con Con fight in Alabama and shared our plans with national leaders and activists.  The Alabama Teen Eagles’ Handbook expressly opposes Con Con. When I participated in Teen Eagles in high school, I learned about the problems with the national popular vote, Con Con, and challenges to the Electoral College.  The handbook makes it very clear that Eagle Forum of Alabama opposes all forms of Con Cons.

-Dec. 15, 2015 I Spoke to Members of the Lauderdale County Republican Party against Madison Coalition efforts, Roman Buhler push for Con Con when he presented to the group.

-Jan. 14, 2016 Spoke to Huntsville Tea Party on Con Con and Legislative Issues.

-Addressed SB10 and spoke in opposition

-Handed out Phyllis’s pamphlet on Con Con

-2016 Testified at Senate Hearing on SB10 in opposition

-Opposed Compact for America false claims about Eagle Forum

-Handed out Andy’s letter to members of the Committee

-Handed out Judi Caler summary of Compact for America problems and bill summary to members

-2016 Lobbied Members to oppose SB10 and handed out the materials to members who skipped the hearing

-Handed out Andy letter, summary, and Janine Compact write up.

-2016  Murfee Gewin, Eagle Forum of Alabama representative testified in opposition to HB42

-2016 Murfee Gewin lobbied House Committee Members before vote and after

-April 5, 2016 Deborah Love, Visited with Senator Hotzclaw staff on sponsoring a rescission bill to repeal all Con Con calls in Alabama and lobbied other legislators on the issue

-Murfee and Deborah Love continuing to approach about meeting and rescission bill

-April 5, 2016 -Drove Alabama John Birch Society Representative, Mr. Jim McLendon with me to Montgomery to distribute his organizations materials to oppose Compact for America

-2016 -monitored the Con Con resolutions from Senator Pittman upon their discovery. Currently they are dead and have not been placed on calendar. We are continuing to monitor this resolution and its House companion.

This is not a complete list and of course, only covers primarily this year and my activities, but the state organization has a strong reputation on this issue.  Please let national leaders know that Eagle Forum of Alabama has a solid record opposing Con Con and actively educating the public and members of the legislature on this issue.  Eagle Forum of Alabama has always actively opposed any form of Con Con in Alabama from our organization’s inception. As Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama, I would direct Ed Martin to cease making slanderous statements and libel against Eunie Smith and Eagle Forum of Alabama.  If these slanderous statements and libel continue from Ed Martin, I will be forced to take further action.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Love

Executive Director

Eagle Forum of Alabama

Office (205) 879-7096

deborah@alabamaeagle.org

 

EAGLE FORUM STATEMENT ON ESEA REAUTHORIZATION

Please thank the following Alabama Congressmen who opposed final passage of ESSA.  Senator Richard Shelby, Congressman Mo Brooks, Congressman Gary Palmer, Congressman Mike Rogers!!!  See our website for a detailed list of concerns about this act that will negatively impact Alabama children for years as there is no sunset date on the act.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 10, 2015
CONTACT: RYAN HITE, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
O 314.721.1213 / C 636.357.4292 / RYAN@EAGLEFORUM.ORG

EAGLE FORUM STATEMENT ON ESEA REAUTHORIZATION

Washington, D.C.: After months of secret negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the education reauthorization to replace the failed No Child Left Behind, President Obama has signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), favored by the education bureaucracy but opposed by many conservatives. President Obama’s quick and willful signature on this education overhaul should only increase skepticism that this bill will meaningfully reduce federal meddling in education.

Conservative goals for education policy are simple: reduce the role of the federal government, respect the primary role of parents, and protect the privacy of students. ESSA falls short on every one of these issues.

ESSA cuts a few programs but retains many more and even adds a few, such as a pre-K grant now authorized for the first time. Spending levels will increase over the life of this act, and in spite of the outrage from millions of parents, the onerous NCLB testing mandates remain. Washington bureaucrats will still have plenty to do.

Despite popular rhetoric from supporters, this bill does not eliminate Common Core. While it contains more explicit prohibitions on the Secretary of Education, federal law already contained numerous provisions limiting the Secretary and the Department that have been repeatedly defied without consequence. The damage has already been done, and unless states take action, those that have Common Core today will still have it tomorrow.

Phyllis Schlafly and Eagle Forum have fought the progressive education agenda through its every iteration for over 40 years. Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act is an incentive to work even harder for our education agenda. Concerned parents and education activists still have ways to fulfill conservative goals:  Urge states to end their involvement in Common Core. Push Congress to pass laws protecting student privacy and parental rights. Elect a president truly committed to ending the oversized federal role in education.

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Applauding an Elegant Conservative

Dr. Ben Carson | Feb 25, 2015

 

Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center‘s watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list.

It was a small battle, a blip in the daily life of someone who has entered the political arena. And I enjoyed the support of many who rallied in the conservative media to my cause to help reverse such a silly distinction. But it wasn’t that long ago when liberal extremism tried to suffocate traditional values, and there were few media voices to come to the rescue.

There was one, though, so powerful and elegant, persistent yet graceful. Her name is Phyllis Schlafly. And for the past 90 years she has been a tireless advocate for the nuclear family, for traditional marriage and for common-sense conservatism that resists injecting government into every aspect of our lives. On Wednesday night, she will be honored at the Paul Weyrich Awards dinner that precedes the start of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Schlafly fought battles most lacked the courage to fight, and time and again she won. She has been credited for single-handedly stopping the Equal Rights Amendment, which in the 1970s was racing on a media freight train toward ratification. Schlafly stopped it dead in its tracks. It was not because she didn’t believe women deserve rights, but rather because she rightfully recognized the ERA was skewed toward favoring young professional women, and that it would punish middle-aged and older women who chose to stay at home and raise their families by taking away “dependent wife” benefits under Social Security and alimony.

In those days, it took courage and lots of hard work to roll back what a liberal media had started in motion. But Schlafly succeeded because she was intellectually honest, impassioned and skilled in not only communicating the fight, but also in waging it. Likewise, she has relentlessly fought for life, recognizing early on that the Roe v. Wade decision would be one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions.

Through good and bad economic times, and the ebb and flow of conservative activism, Phyllis Schlafly has remained a steady voice for common sense and traditional values. Her speeches, books, TV appearances and radio commentaries blazed the way for modern conservatism while also protecting the rights of traditional families from the onslaught of Hollywood’s culture wars.