Children Need a Lot More Civil Rights Than They Currently Have

Source: The Daily Beast
by Lucy Steigerwald

“‘We do not co-parent with the government’ read signs raised by the self-dubbed ‘happy warriors’ of Moms for Liberty, a 2-year-old, ostensibly grassroots, nonpartisan activist group that advocates for the elusive idea of ‘parents’ rights.’ Formed in January 2021 during a mask-panicked fury by two Floridian former school board members, depending on your perspective the group is either on a worthy mission to ‘reclaim our schools’ with a Founding Fathers-like ‘righteous fire,’ or they are theocratic-fascists out to censor every book they deem inappropriate for a grade-school Republican. But in the battle for America’s future, there’s a bigger issue, an unchecked assumption. If the choice is between conservative parents with a political agenda or the unfeeling, intrusive power of the state — has anyone thought to ask the kids what they want?” (09/18/23)