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Death threats and political attacks against the parental rights group Moms for Liberty have ramped up after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) put them on its “hate map” alongside the likes of the Ku Klux Klan.
Moms for Liberty said it has received more death threats and hateful messages over the last few weeks since June 6, when the SPLC released its “The Year in Hate and Extremism” report for 2022.
The SPLC, an uber-leftist civil rights watchdog, frequently brands conservative and Christian organizations “hate groups,” and this year, that included Moms for Liberty as well as other parental rights groups like Parents Defending Education.
“Schools, especially, have been on the receiving end of ramped-up and coordinated hard-right attacks, frequently through the guise of ‘parents’ rights’ groups,” the SPLC said in its report.
Moms for Liberty is “at the forefront of this mobilization,” the SPLC said.
Moms for Liberty said it has received the threats through voicemails, emails, and responses on its “Contact Us” page.
“I will personally eradicate you from Massachusetts,” one person wrote, calling them “nasty sows.”
A person who put their name as “Execute All-Nazis” wrote, “Piece of s*** fascists like you deserve to be dragged against a wall and force-fed hot lead. Eat s*** and die.”
“You women have no soul, no morals, for quoting Adolf Hitler in your newsletter,” another person wrote. “The state should remove your kids and/or grand kids from your homes. Evil, evil, evil people you are!”
Last month, a Moms for Liberty chapter included in their newsletter the quote, “He alone, who OWNS the youth, GAINS the future,” and cited Hitler. It later updated the newsletter with more context, saying the “quote from a horrific leader should put parents on alert.”
Another person appeared to reference the SPLC’s report, calling Moms for Liberty “extremest [sic]” and “biggoted [sic]” in a profanity-laced rant.
A person who put their name as “Satan Anti-Christ” wrote that Moms for Liberty “will answer for the crimes YOU committed against our LGBTQ children (legally of course).”
Even an elected official joined in the name-calling.
“Assholes with casseroles, taliban in minivan,” tweeted Democrat New Hampshire state Representative Catherine Sofikitis.
Assholes with casseroles, taliban in minivan
— Catherine Sofikitis (@nashuaward7) July 9, 2023
Tina Descovich, a Moms for Liberty co-founder, referenced the 2012 shooting at the conservative Family Research Council’s headquarters, which the shooter targeted after he found them online through the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“I don’t think you have to look any further than at the Family Research Council and how they were threatened by a shooter because of the designation as a ‘hate group,’” Descovich said.
“It gave people permission to treat us as subhuman,” Tiffany Justice, another Moms for Liberty co-founder, told The Daily Signal, saying critics are trying to “whip people up into such a frenzy that they end up sending death threats to me and to the members and our children.”
“Designating us as a hate group gives people permission to dehumanize us, and the SPLC knows it,” Justice said.
Moms for Liberty was started in 2021 by two former school board members responding to COVID restrictions in schools. Since then, the group has expanded its fight to include issues like sexual content in curricula and school libraries, gender pronoun policies in schools, declining grades and test scores, and racial curriculum content with leftist overtones.
Members of Moms for Liberty often show up to school board meetings around the country, sometimes wearing matching t-shirts reading, “We do NOT CO-PARENT with the GOVERNMENT.”