Every year, the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) releases a nationwide hate group report. With the release of each list, organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council have to stand side-by-side with the Klu Klux Klan and Nazis.
This year, the SPLC added more conservative organizations to the list. Florida’s Moms for Liberty (MFL) stands among the newly–and wrongly–defamed groups. The MFL website states that the organization “is dedicated to fighting for the survival of America by unifying, educating and empowering parents to defend their parental rights at all levels of government.”
“I think that Moms for Liberty tactics are definitely hateful,” said SPLC research analyst Maya Henson-Carey. “I think their overarching theme of calling for the abolition of the Department of Education, attacking public schools specifically, and attacking public teachers for indoctrinating students with the radical Marxist agenda. I think that that definitely fits more into the anti-government definition.”
MFL co-founders Tina Descovich and Tiffany Justice released a statement on the SPLC report shortly after its publication.
“Name-calling parents who want to be a part of their child’s education as ‘hate groups’ or ‘bigoted’ just further exposes what this battle is all about,” they said. “Who fundamentally gets to decide what is taught to our kids in school–parents or government employees? We believe that parental rights do not stop at the classroom door and no amount of hate from groups like this is going to stop that.”
Although Descovich and Justice founded MFL in Florida, the organization has chapters in almost every state. MFL will also host its second annual national summit in Philadelphia later this month.
The hostility toward parents in America is real, growing, and painful to watch. However, SPLC’s decision to include MFL in this year’s list shows that parents all over the nation are making real change. That’s something worth celebrating and should be deemed a badge of honor.
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