Today Christianist and anti-gay World Magazine republished a 2008 "study" which concludes that Phillips dispensed "dangerous advice" on the issue of sexual morality. The study only examined Dear Abby columns from 2007, long after Phillips's daughter had taken over the column.
Pauline Friedman Phillips, best known as Abby Van Buren of the decades-old Dear Abby advice column, died last week at age 94 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Millions of readers enjoyed her sharp and witty advice on everything from dating to family issues.
Phillip's various obituaries hail her for having a "huge heart" and a "genuine desire to improve people's lives." But a recent study of Abby's columns reveals a far more dangerous legacy: a moral relativism that encouraged readers to seek their own pleasure, often at others' expense.
Phillips acknowledged her advice changed as the years went by. She often condoned divorce and homosexual behavior in her columns. In her 1981 book, The Best of Dear Abby, Phillips said she,"has always defended homosexuals' rights to go their own way."
Phillips turned the advice column over to daughter Jeanne Phillips in 2002. A 2008 report from the Media Research Center of the Culture and Media Institute (CMI) suggests that the column does more harm than good by supporting and promoting moral relativism and shunning traditional sexual morality espoused by most evangelicals.
Below is a link to CNN's obituary: