PA Democrats try to SHUT DOWN Moms for Liberty event, citing discredited SPLC ‘research’

The legislators said that the Southern Poverty Law Center "went so far as to compare Moms for Libery to the pro-segregationist parent groups that formed in the wake of Brown v. Board of education."

Pennsylvania State legislator Nikil Saval, along with several others, wrote a letter to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia trying to cancel an upcoming event with Moms for Liberty (MFL). The reason they cited is that MFL has been labeled a "hate group" by the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center

The letter, which was shared by Saval online, states, "Moms for Liberty, put plainly, is a hate group." Referencing the SPLC, the legislators said that the "SPLC went so far as to compare Moms for Liberty to the pro-segregationist parent groups that formed in the wake of Brown v. Board of education."

The SPLC has notably faced numerous lawsuits over its conduct, including one where it was forced to pay $3.275 million to Maajid Nawaz after falsely labeling him as an "anti-muslim" extremist. SPLC President Richard Cohen later walked back the organization's claims, admitting it was "simply wrong" in its conduct. 

Tina Descovich, one of the MFL founders, responded to the SPLC labeling MFL as a hate group in a video, saying, "It's a bunch of nonsense for them to take moms across the country... and to put [them] on a list with true terrorists."

An MFL website page describes the organization as one which "welcomes all that have a desire to stand up for parental rights at all levels of government."

The letter states that the comparison to white supremacists and segregationists is "well-deserved" because the group pushes back on Critical Race Theory as well as gender and sexuality topics being taught in K-12 schools. 

MFL leader, Tia Bess, who is black, recently had an interview in which she talked about the mutilation of children with gender treatments. She said, "Kids change their mind every day... What in the world are we talking about? That is a critical time that you are going through as a child. That's the most precious time." 

"And you're gonna feel confused and you're not going to know who you are," she continued. 

Saval's letter says that "[i]t is essential for cultural institutions, like the Museum of American Revolution, to carefully consider the impact and implications of the organizations they choose to host." It went on to say that MFL is a “far-right extremist group." 

Descovich, as well as Tiffany Justice, founded the organization in 2021. Both were elected to school board positions in 2016 and served several years before starting MFL.  

Justice reacted to this proposed exclusion of the group with an exclusive comment given to The Post Millenial.

"The Philadelphia Senate Commission's claim that Moms for Liberty should not be welcomed at a museum dedicated to America's founding fight for liberty and freedom has no bearing on reality," she began.

"The founding fathers would not advocate for the silencing of speech, or an agenda where equity trumps merit in education. That a group of parents fighting for good educational standards and parental rights should be designated as a hate group is an obvious lie on its face, one designed to prop up bogus progressive values."

Justice retweeted a separate response to the letter from Karol Markowicz. The response read, "Moms for Liberty are absolutely not a hate group" and that attempts "to shut them down is due to their effectiveness."

"But how is it not a violation of their First Amendment rights that elected officials are trying to get their event canceled? How is this not government shutting down speech?" Markowicz asked.
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