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Conservative Activist Phyllis Schlafly Debates Professor David Cobin

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Hamline's Federalist Society chapter invited conservative activist and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly to campus in March for a debate with Hamline Professor David Cobin on the rightful roles of the U.S. Congress and state and federal courts to decide key social issues. Schlafly said that since a "majority of Americans" didn't agree with decisions made by the courts, it was the constitutional right of the Congress to take those issues away from the realm of the judiciary. She cited cases involving the Boy Scouts, declarations of the Ten Commandments in public locations and prayer in school. Professor Cobin disagreed with Schlafly's interpretation of "majority" and said he believed the principles of tolerance and diversity were important aspects of democracy.