Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Why Moms for Liberty is a hate group - GLAAD breaks out the 'receipts'


When we call out Moms for Liberty for denigrating LGBTQ people and various other vile acts, it's vital that we have the specifics. In today's vernacular, those specifics are known as 'receipts.' Luckily for those wanting to those 'receipts,' GLAAD has published a detailed invoicing of the many ways Moms for Liberty has attacked, lied about, and basically stigmatized our community.

Among other things, Moms for Liberty members and supporters have called for LGBTQ students to be put in separate classes, have spread lies about LGBTQ books,  blamed the trans community for a school shooting, have called for violence against librarians and trans teachers, have been arrested for harassment, smeared school board members who oppose them as pedophiles, and filed a false charge of child abuse against a school board member and then shouted “Be careful, your mommy hurts little kids,” at her five-year-old child. And that barely scratches the surface.

Moms For Liberty (M4L) was founded in January 2021 claiming it will “organize, educate and empower parents to defend their parental rights.” This advocacy has included calls for book bans, classroom censorship, and bans on teaching about slavery, race, racism and LGBTQ people and history. Moms for Liberty bills itself as a “grassroots organization of moms,” but its founders and founding chapter have strong ties to high-ranking elected officials and financial support from national anti-LGBTQ groups including the Heritage Foundation. 
 —Spreads inaccurate and inflammatory claims about LGBTQ books, including the memoir of Black and queer author George M. Johnson All Boys Aren’t Blue, for so-called “racially charged commentary” and “alternate gender ideologies” as well as sexually explicit passages, alcohol and drug use, and profanity. Johnson’s book was named a 2020 Best Book of the Year by Amazon, the New York and Chicago public libraries and Kirkus Reviews.

 —Crystal Alonso, member of Moms for Liberty, Miami-Dade County, FL, says LGBTQ students should be separated into their own special class: “The kids that do have their, you know, they’re confused, or they are gay or whatnot that the way they’re trying to go about it is to make it an open conversation and an open thing in classrooms … But like for example children with autism, Down Syndrome… they have to be put into separate classrooms. I understand, because it’s a different type of education for children with those disabilities, but I think that for children that identify differently, there should also be like a specialized … something for them, so that they feel that they’re important enough that they’re being counseled…I think for the same reason why teachers wouldn’t just bring a child with autism in front of the class and be like, hey, he’s got autism. Embarrassment …” 

 —School board member details how Moms for Liberty targeted county guidelines to protect students’ right to dress and use bathrooms according to the gender they identify with, falsely calling school board members “pedophiles.”

 —Supporters including Florida state representative Randy Fine posted a school board member’s cell phone number on Facebook. A school board member who defeated one of the founders of Moms for Liberty says opponents filed a false claim of child abuse against her, and protestors shouted at her five year old child outside her home. 

 —Eulalia Jimenez, chair of Moms for Liberty, Miami Chapter, spread disinformation about a shooting massacre falsely identifying the Uvalde, TX, elementary school shooter who killed 19 children and two adults, as a trans woman.

  —Lied to the parents of a young person that the Rainbow Youth Project, an organization promoting the health, safety, and wellness of LGBTQ youth, was trying to “convince [their child] to have his private parts removed and changed.”

 —The chairperson of the Monroe County, PA, chapter was arrested on a “summary charge of harassment” after allegedly repeatedly harassing an individual with messages.

 —The head of communications of the Lonoke County, AR, chapter threatened gun violence against librarians

.Ed Kelley, a Moms for Liberty-affiliated Charleston County School Board (SC) member, attended a Moms for Liberty meeting and publicly stated that he would bring a gun to the home of his child’s teacher if the teacher came out as trans.

Sounds like a hate group to me.