Antonin Scalia

When someone has caused as much damage as Phyllis Schlafly, it's right to speak ill of the dead

When someone has caused as much damage as Phyllis Schlafly, it's right to speak ill of the dead

It’s an adage that one should not speak ill of the dead. But when conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly died last week, I was among the many liberal writers who didn’t hesitate to call her a hatemonger.

Schlafly, who built her 40-year career on stoking intolerance, was a vocal supporter of segregation and discrimination in housing, voting, and the workplace. She pushed to make anti-gay activism a core feature of the conservative movement. Even as the national consensus evolved toward greater rights for many Americans who had once been marginalized, Schlafly remained staunchly opposed to progress. “By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I...

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