When Jake Tapper asked the Republican presidential candidates at last night’s debate which American woman they would put on the $10 bill, some named their wives or daughters, some named non-Americans, and some named Planned Parenthood board member Rosa Parks, but nobody picked Phyllis Schlafly, the anti-feminist hero whom several of the candidates have credited with shaping their conservative views.
That’s too bad, because the Phyllis Schlafly $10 bill has already been designed.
At last week’s Eagle Council, the annual gathering of Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, which was attended by Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and other Republican leaders, speaker after speaker praised Schlafly’s role in fighting the Equal Rights Amendment but lamented that nefarious feminist plots, such as the campaign to put a woman on the $10 bill, have gained traction under the Obama administration.
Schlafly’s son John quipped that the White House wants to have Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, grace the $10 bill, but Eagle Forum had other ideas, offering attendees this sample currency design:
Attendees wandering Eagle Council’s exhibit hall also had the opportunity to pick up several “informative” pamphlets on the dangers of sex, filled with misleading or outdated claims.
The above pamphlet, distributed by a Snowflake, Arizona, outfit called Heritage House 76, cites only articles written between 1987 and 1993, and contains claims such as: “When doctors work on someone with AIDS they put on two pairs of gloves, a full gown over their clothes, a mask and goggles. Even then, they don’t feel completely ‘safe.’”
“Latex breaks down in heat, yet condoms are transported in trucks that get so hot you can fry an egg!” it reads. “Do you want to live? Would you like to raise a family, have a career or follow a dream? Then don’t buy the ‘safe sex’ lie — it can kill you.”
A “Say ‘No’ To Drugs!” pamphlet we picked up at the event doesn’t mention drugs like cocaine or heroin, as one might expect.
Instead, it focuses on a far worse drug: the pill.
Warning that the “dangerous” birth control pill “can make you sterile,” the pamphlet (which does not identify its author or publisher) urges readers to remain abstinent until marriage: “Having sex before marriage is sort of like giving out all your Christmas gifts in July. It may be fun at the time. But when that big day comes around, the presents have all been given out!”
And it’s not just the pill that poses a danger, according to the pamphlet: “Using rubbers (condoms) to prevent AIDS is like playing Russian Roulette—your life is at stake!”
Eagle Council participants were also able to pick up plenty of useful information on the danger that public education poses to children.
In a booklet titled “Government Education…Is this what we want for our children?,” the anti-public-education group Citizens United for Responsible Education tells parents that social studies classes in public schools are “anti-Christian” and “pro-Islam.” Along with exalting Islam, the booklet alleges, “government schools” are trying to “promote atheism, homosexuality, and disrespect for parents and their values.” Even worse, public schools are pushing “pagan” worship and have made sure that “children are bullied into accepting evolution as scientific fact against their Biblical beliefs.”
But fortunately there are alternatives to raising atheist Muslim gay neo-pagan kids.
“God’s Standards for Educating Our Children,” a booklet produced by a Christian publisher in Kentucky, tells parents to consider homeschooling or private Christian education in order to avoid the “pagan and God-ignoring” influences of public schools, noting that “the danger of a child admiring and becoming attached to the unchristian teacher is great.” Other threats include “self-expression” and the same sort of sexual education classes that have destroyed Sweden:
The teaching of self-expression is in complete opposition to Bible principle. It militates against a life of obedience and submission. Disobedience, demonstrations, riots, and campus disorders are all a product of the exercising of self-expression.
The emphasis on sex education is not Biblical. The school was never intended to replace the teaching of the home but to supplement it. It is impossible for immoral, unregenerated, and defiled individuals to teach a subject such as this without being suggestive, thus demoralizing any moral that might be present. Sweden, after ten years of compulsory sex education, is the most immoral nation in the world. Sex relations at an early age is prevalent.
Eagle Forum offered copies of the August issue of its “Education Reporter” newsletter, which claims that “children at schools are indoctrinated into acceptance of whatever the [teachers’] union decides is normal. Programs supposedly meant to prevent bullying are actually meant to bully children into compliance.”
The newsletter attacks opponents of gay “conversion” therapy: “If assistance is offered that could possibly influence a person to leave the LGBTQ community, it is considered to be brainwashing and, by definition, negative. Although embracing and mainstreaming transgenderism could be more dangerous than providing therapy to help children adjust to their biological makeup.”
Other books available at the conference, including many dealing with signs of the impending apocalypse, were unfortunately for sale at a steep price, and Schlafly’s $10 bills sadly aren’t legal tender.