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“I don’t want to get involved.” “I don’t want to speak up.” “It’s none of my business.” “There’s nothing that I can do.” Maybe you have heard some of these phrases from others; maybe you have uttered them yourself. When we see a problem, what is our response? Our general struggle may be that we like to be liked; we don’t want to disagree with anyone. Or we may hate to rock the boat. Or we may be timid in the face of disagreement. Or, honestly, we may simply look at a problem and say, “I don’t know what to do.”
Or maybe, when intimidating forces face us, we may simply want to keep quiet and keep what we own, out of selfishness. Francis Schaeffer warned people about a self-centered perspective when faced with hostility. Schaeffer was concerned with what he called “personal peace and affluence.” Our general disposition is “I don’t want to lose my status, my job, or my friends, so I’ll just keep my mouth shut when I see a social problem or encounter governmental overreach of power.”
But there are people like “Moms for Liberty” who have taken a stand for their children and for their children’s education. The seeds of Moms for Liberty were sown during the 2020 Virginian gubernatorial campaign. Parents were being told that educators know best about a child’s education. Parents were frozen out. So, moms banded together for educational reform; these children were their children, after all. Personal peace and affluence were the last things on their minds.
The adage is true, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” All of us have been given gifts to exercise in our time and place. With those gifts, we desire to benefit all around us, being responsible for preserving what, and who, has been given to us. For Truth in Two, this is Dr. Mark Eckel, president of the Comenius Institute, personally seeking and speaking up for Truth, wherever it’s found. [First published at MarkEckel.com]
AFTERWORD There have been numerous essays written about Moms for Liberty. Below is just a smattering of articles written in defense of the group. Here is the press page with more articles about the group Moms for Liberty.
And if it hasn’t been made clear yet, I stand with them.
On a personal note, the one immutable truth I learned in K-12 education is, don’t tick off mothers.
Dr. Seuss said it best in The Lorax, “Unless someone like you / Cares a whole awful lot / Nothing is going to get better / No it’s not.”
How will you know when it is time to make your voice heard? Moms for Liberty decided the answer to that question for them was for the sake of their children.Published in