If you're reading this, you're probably a hateful extremist.

At least, that's what liberal pundits and many in the media would have Americans believe. Not long ago, America was a country that welcomed civil discourse and afforded a presumption of respect to positions held by vast swathes of citizens. Today, majority positions—and the groups that advocate for them—are simply labeled as "hateful" and declared beyond the pale.

There's no clearer example of this than Moms for Liberty (M4L). After being labeled an "anti-government extremist group" by the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, M4L has been subjected to a now months-long campaign to smear its members as hateful fascists. Some Americans, of course, will simply accept that media narrative without question, but it's worth taking a closer look at the major policy positions M4L takes to assess whether they or their critics are, in fact, "extreme." These positions include skepticism about pandemic, and especially in-school masking, policies; opposition to critical race theory and gender ideology in curricula; and the age-appropriate curation of books in public school libraries.

M4L got its start opposing extended school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, many labeled this position "extreme," but by the spring of 2021, a survey found that 79 percent of parents of school-aged children wanted schools reopened for in-person instruction. Today, it's apparent that the school closures were an utter disaster, setting the next generation back dramatically in terms of academic achievement and mental health. It is so obvious that even American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who fought relentlessly to keep schools closed, now insists that she was on the opposite side of the debate the whole time.

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