Moms for Liberty recently appeared in the media for being labeled an extremist group by the SPLC.
An Indiana chapter of the far-right hate group Moms for Liberty published a newsletter Wednesday with a quote from Adolf Hitler on the front page, and is now attacking the news outlet that first reported on the incident.
As IndyStar As reported this week, the Hamilton County chapter of Moms for Liberty, a group recently in the news for being labeled an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), included the quote directly under the heading from the group’s newsletter, “The Parent Brigade.”
In a blue box alone, the quote read “Only he, who OWNS the youth, WINS the future”, with attribution to Hitler. The quote, which has been used by right-wing and Christian groups several times in public in recent years, is attributed to a 1935 speech by Hitler on his mission to indoctrinate German children into Nazism.
The rest of the first page featured information about a “Biblical Citizenship” class and a letter from the chapter president, Paige Miller, about upcoming events. Right below the Hitler quote was a message from Moms for Liberty founders Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich titled “Mothers for Liberty will not be (sic) intimidated by hate groups!”
Moms for Liberty is a far-right dark money group that has become a leader in the conservative movement to advocate for the eradication of public education, target public school educators, and push to ban LGBTQ and history education. racial in favor of right-wing propaganda. His message is expressed in a movement for so-called “parental rights,” which has become code for attacks directed by far-right and legislative activists against blacks and LGBTQ people.
The local chapter of Moms for Liberty quoted Hitler in its first bulletin yesterday.
I am absolutely outraged and I know the vast majority of community members feel the same way. There is NO PLACE for hate in our home. Our community and children deserve better. pic.twitter.com/rtMImLcyrL
— Senator JD Ford (@SenatorJDFord) June 22, 2023
The chapter was quick to respond to the backlash generated by the use of the quote, saying that they “condemn” Hitler and “should not have quoted him in our newsletter.”
The national group slightly retracted that statement on social media, saying it was fine to quote Hitler, but they should have condemned him as well.
The group also took the opportunity to hit IndyStar for reporting the situation. “Everyone knows that Hitler is bad”, Moms for Liberty wrote on Twitter. “This is intentional dishonesty in reporting, but we are not surprised: all they want is clicks. Do better @indystar.” It is not clear what was “rogue” in the reports.
After IndyStar first published their story about the quote, Moms for Liberty inserted a blurb with “context” for the quote that seemed to suggest that they agreed with the message behind the quote. “If the government has control over our children today, it will control the future of our country,” the group wrote, along with a campaign by campaigners to lobby for books to be removed from the youth section of a local library. “We the people must be vigilant and protect children from a government that is overreaching.”
The group later modified the bulletin to omit the quote and “context” entirely.
Moms for Liberty isn’t the only one drawing backlash for using this particular quote from Hitler. In 2014, a Christian group, Life Savers Ministries, purchased a poster displaying the quote alongside a picture of children and another quote from the Bible. And, in 2021, US House Representative Mary Miller (R-Illinois) used the quote at a Moms for America rally the day before the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill, saying: Hitler was right about one thing.
The incident comes amid a rise in anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism within the American right as Republicans embrace anti-Semitic and white supremacist conspiracy theories. Public education has become the main target of modern neo-Nazis and fascists to advance their agenda, and experts have compared recent book bans pushed by groups like Moms for Liberty to the Nazi party’s book burnings before the Holocaust. .