Moms For Liberty, an organization that has pushed for book bans in school systems around the nation, has an Indiana chapter that has issued an apology for citing Adolf Hitler in a newsletter this week.
The Parent Brigade, the organization’s publication, was launched by the Hamilton County branch, which is located north of Indianapolis, on Wednesday.
A quote ascribed to Hitler appeared on the heading of the publication: “He alone, who OWNS the youth, GAINS the future.”
The chapter president expressed regret over the quote on Thursday. Prior to the entire remark being subsequently erased and the newsletter being reprinted without it, an altered version of the newsletter providing “context” for the comment was released online.
In a statement published on social media, Paige Miller, the group’s head, stated that they “condemn Adolf Hitler’s actions and his dark place in human history.”
We regret including a statement from him in our email and offer our sincere apologies.
Moms For Liberty, an organization that was started in Florida in 2021 to combat what it considers brainwashing in public schools, now has hundreds of chapters around the country, a rising national presence, and a tense relationship with Jewish-themed literature.
At least one of its national chairs is a Jew, and the organization has openly backed haredi Orthodox yeshivas that have come under scrutiny for supposedly not meeting criteria for secular education and other issues.
Members of Moms For Liberty, however, have also played a significant role in the movement to ban books with Jewish and Holocaust themes from classrooms, including a successful campaign to ban an Anne Frank diary adaptation from a Florida school district.
Additionally, chapters have allied themselves with radical organizations like the Proud Boys, who have been labeled a hate group by the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center, drawing condemnation from Republicans.
The passage in question comes from a speech Hitler made in 1935 that served as an introduction to the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws.
Prior to the U.S. being stormed in 2021, a Republican congresswoman named Mary Miller repeated a portion of the passage in public during a rally.
On January 6 of that year, Capitol Before apologizing, Miller, who said that “Hitler was right on one thing,” had defended her use of the statement.
In response to the email, Moms for Liberty tweeted, “Everyone knows Hitler is bad,” calling reporting of the quotation “intentional dishonesty in reporting,” although it added, “The chapter shouldn’t have quoted Hitler without condemning him at the same time.”
Tiffany Justice, co-founder of Moms For Liberty, reacted to the quotation with a claim that appeared to equate President Joe Biden to Hitler. “Our Moms condemn Hitler and all he represents,” Justice tweeted atop an image of a story about Biden condemning parental-rights advocates. “Hitler, Lenin, and Mao were responsible for controlling the minds of the youth through government schools,” she wrote beside an image of a finger pointing to the article.
These beasts have caused millions of deaths. They believed they owned the kids. Sounds recognizable? ”
As Moms For Liberty prepared to convene its first-ever annual conference, there was a commotion.
Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, and Nikki Haley, as well as Democratic nominee Robert F. Kennedy Jr., are among the contenders for president slated to speak.
The majority of the group’s national campaigning has focused on opposing discussions of LGBTQ identity in schools and issues relating to racism.
The It Gets Better Foundation, a group that supports LGBTQ youngsters, had given a local high school a prize, which had drawn criticism in the Hamilton County newsletter’s other articles.
Another quotation from Moms For Liberty’s national co-founders, Justice and Tina Deskovich, appeared immediately beneath the one from Adolf Hitler: “Moms For Liberty will not be frightened by hate groups!”
Miles Nelson, the Jewish Democratic candidate for mayor of Carmel, Indiana, which is situated in Hamilton County, is one of the individuals who denounced the publication.
The tweet from Nelson said, “This hate speech has no place in our community.” Mario Massillamany, the chair of the county Republican Party, denounced the newsletter as well, telling the Indianapolis Star, “I don’t think that we as a society can say enough about the atrocities that the poor Jewish people had to go through.”
The “context” the group had supplied for the comment, according to a report on Indiana public radio, claimed, “The quote from a horrible leader should put parents on notice.
The future of our nation is in the hands of the government if they have power over our children now.