Monday, December 2, 2013
Phyllis Schlafly on "The Mike Hukabee Show"
At the end of class I referred to a video I found of a recent interview with Phyllis Schlafly. In 2012, she appeared on "The Mike Hukabee Show" to discuss her new book, No Higher Power: Obama's War On Religious Freedom. I found the interview difficult to watch, but I think it is relevant to the course to see how the work of women we have been studying evolved throughout time. Phyllis Schlafly is certainly still an ultra-conservative and now focuses her activism on defending the nation from what she claims to be President Obama's attack on religion. She believes President Obama wants the government to infringe on citizens' religious rights and Hukabee encourages her throughout the piece. One of the many infuriating moments of the interview is when Hukabee praises Schlafly's A Choice Not An Echo, a book she published in the 1960s, as "a turning point for [him] as a young teenager [that] helped to cause [him] to be a conservative." You can access the interview here.