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Seven years to the day after he blamed TV’s fictional Murphy Brown for undermining American values, former Vice President Dan Quayle lashed out at the country’s “legal aristocracy” for further eroding family values. In particular, the 2000 presidential hopeful told a San Francisco audience that groups such as the ACLU and the federally-funded Legal Services Corporation are doing everything they can to erode parental authority over their children. Quayle also blamed lawyers and judges for driving all vestiges of religion out of public schools. He acknowledged to a journalist, however, that he had no idea whether some of the rulings he had criticized had been decided by federal judges named by either Ronald Reagan or his own ex-boss, George Bush.

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