For months, pretty much the the only thing posted in the Stop Moms For "Liberty" Connecticut Facebook group has been an ad that originated from the national organization.
In fact, the same ad has been posted over a hundred times since the group started on June 3, 2023.
But two days ago, the discussion got a little spicy.
A group member (whose profile features a "Let Gaza Live" button atop a Ukraine flag) snapped a screenshot from the Moms For Liberty - Hartford County Facebook page about an upcoming meeting at Simsbury Public Library, and encouraged members to "make some noise" to disrupt the meeting. Just like the group had done when Moms for Liberty hosted James Lindsay in Avon last October.
The 8th Senatorial District Democrats also caught wind of the Moms upcoming monthly meeting at the library. The Dems pulled out one of their favorite sleights for the caring and concerned Moms, the dreaded "extremist" label. Because there's "no place for hate in the 8th!" Unless you hold conservative values, in which case it's apparently okay to hate.
Both BLM 860 and Simsbury Neighbors Connecting Without Judgement called on members to join the protest, armed with lawn chairs and bull horns.
State Representative Melissa Osborne got in on the action, too.
She even invoked the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate group" designation as a deterrent to anyone who might dare consider attending the meeting of a group whose values she abhors.
Rep. Osborne went so far as to denounce the alleged "hateful rhetoric and values" of the Moms national leaders. And to say that anyone who shared values like those espoused by Moms for Liberty leaders like Tiffany Justice should expect to be protested. How dare anyone hold different views than radical left Democrats? What do these Moms think this is, anyway? A free country or something?
So if you think sexualizing children through graphic and explicit library books is wrong, or if you think radicalizing students with DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) and turning them into social justice warriors is not what school should be about, then the Stop Moms crowd thinks you don't deserve to peacefully meet in public.
You had better be prepared for the protest, too, because it's game on for these activists who always seem to have posters and banners at the ready, featuring slogans like "ban bigots not books" and "disarm hate" and "ally is a verb".
But imagine for a moment being so afraid of a group of concerned parents, grandparents and community members gathering in a small library meeting room, that you feel compelled to protest on a cold Monday night in the snow? Don't these activists have anything else better to do with their time than try to cancel a group from meeting at the library?
Yet that's exactly what happened Monday night.
The Simsbury Dems estimated that nearly 100 people came out to protest a meeting they knew was cancelled.
In fact, one of the rally organizers, Shannon Leary, a former campaign staffer for U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, learned of the cancellation earlier in the afternoon but wanted people to come out for the protest anyway.
She told the group that "the goal is to have MFL not come back!"
If that's the goal, then Stop Moms for Liberty is in for a rude awakening. These brave Moms don't scare so easily. Plus, they know exactly what's at stake, and know there's no more noble cause than to fight for the protection of children.
Manju Gerber, the head of Moms for Liberty-Hartford County told the Centinal she's not going anywhere.
"What's surprising to me is that none of these people are protesting public schools over poor test scores in reading or math," Gerber said.
"None of them are protesting public schools for banning websites from student access, either," she quipped. "I mean, if the protestors are that upset about banning library books, why aren't they equally upset about public schools banning websites that teach students the finer points of oral sex, anal sex, and masturbation? Why aren't they standing up for kids' rights on this issue? Why are they so focused on just protecting books?"
She has a point.