It appears the far-right extremist group, Moms for Liberty, influence is waning.
On January 23, the Brevard County School Board met for the first time this year to consider whether the district should ban bestsellers, “The Kite Runner” by Afghan American author Khaled Hosseini and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five”, according to CNN.
But, only one Moms For Liberty supporter showed up at the meeting and she did not speak to defend the proposed bans.
The network reported that she sat by herself and was outnumbered by opponents of the book ban.
The board voted to keep the books on library shelves less than three hours into the meeting after hearing from about 20 speakers who all oppose banning the books.
Critics see this as another example of Moms for Liberty’s influence in fading.
“I think that things have gone too far and people are finally standing up to say, you know, ‘This is my choice. These are my kids as well too. You don’t get to make these decisions for us,’” said Jennifer Jenkins, who defeated Tina Descovich, one of the groups founding members to win her seat on the Brevard County School Board in 2020.
“People are seeing, you know, news cycle after news cycle, the hypocrisy of the things that they advocate for and they say they stand,” she added.
Christian Ziegler, the husband of one of the group’s co-founders Bridget Ziegler, was under investigation after a woman who the couple had consensual threesomes with accused him of rape.
Police announced this week that Ziegler won’t be charged.
Ahead of next Tuesday’s Brevard County School Board meeting, students, teachers and parents have planned a “rally against academic censorship.”
Students will speak out against book bans, new voters will be registered and copies of banned books will be handed out to attendees, CNN reported.