SPLC calls Moms for Liberty a 'hate group'

"Schools have been on the receiving end of coordinated hard-right attacks through the guise of 'parents' rights' groups."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which often labels anyone to the right of center a "hate group," updated its website on Tuesday to include a lengthy list of organizations that fight for "parental rights," Daily Signal reports.

The list of "hate groups" added to the website, which sit next to the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, include 230 chapters of Moms for Liberty, 12 chapters of Parental Rights in Education, No Left Turn in Education, as well as other groups that involve parents having authority over their child's education.

In the report titled, "Year in Hate and Extremism," the SPLC writes "Schools, especially, have been on the receiving end of ramped-up and coordinated hard-right attacks, frequently through the guise of 'parents' rights' groups."

"These groups were, in part, spurred by the right-wing backlash to COVID-19 public safety measures in schools," the report says. "But they have grown into an anti-student inclusion movement that targets any inclusive curriculum that contains discussions of race, discrimination and LGBTQ identities."

"At the forefront of this mobilization is Moms for Liberty, a Florida-based group with vast connections to the GOP that this year the SPLC designated as an extremist group," the report notes. "They can be spotted at school board meetings across the country wearing shirts and carrying signs that declare, 'We do NOT CO-PARENT with the GOVERNMENT.'"

The Southern Poverty Law Center also added a new category to the report called "antigovernment movement" which lists 702 organizations, while 523 are listed as "hate groups" for a grand total of 1,225 organizations.

Despite targeting parents that are concerned about the far-left curriculum being taught in classrooms, there is no mention of any particular groups or educators that indoctrinate children with either LGBTQ ideologies, or anti-American propaganda.

In March, SPLC lawyer Thomas Webb Jurgens was arrested and charged with domestic terrorism alongside 22 others in connection to a violent attack on the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, dubbed "Cop City" by far-left extremists.

A group of more than 200 people entered the construction site, setting fire to construction equipment and attacking officers.

Of the 23 people charged with domestic terrorism in connection with the attack, Jurgens was the only one granted bond in a March 7 hearing, at $5,000.

Jurgens’ attorneys argued that he was at the attack to serve as a legal observer, noting that he was wearing brightly colored clothing that identified him as such.

"Simply because you're an attorney doesn’t mean you can’t commit a crime," Judge Anna Davis stated at the time.

An agreement was met, with Jurgens being ordered not to have any contact with the codefendants in the case, as well as not visiting the training site.

The SPLC was also recently sued after the group gave a conservative organization, the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, a "hate" status for being allegedly anti-immigrant.

In February, it was revealed that the FBI had used findings from the SPLC to issue an intelligence bulletin that labeled Catholics that prefer Latin Mass as white supremacists.

The group of Catholics were labeled as "Radical-Traditionalist Catholics," and are painted as having an "adherence to anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ and white supremacist ideology." 

After the revelation, the FBI formally rescinded the SPLC-sourced document, stating "While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, this particular field office product—disseminated only within the FBI—regarding racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism does not meet the exacting standards of the FBI."

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