Moms for Liberty (M4L), known for its strong anti-LGBTQ+ stance, has made a contentious decision by hiring Phillip Fisher Jr., a registered sex offender, to handle religious outreach for its Philadelphia chapter. Fisher was convicted in 2012 for aggravated sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy, a fact that starkly contrasts with M4L’s vocal criticism against the “sexualization” of children.
Fisher’s Background and Conviction
Phillip Fisher Jr. faced legal action for the sexual abuse of a minor, leading to his guilty plea on one count of “aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor.” Despite his conviction, Fisher maintains his innocence, attributing the charges to political machinations. Currently registered as a sex offender, Fisher’s involvement with M4L has raised serious concerns, given the group’s educational and social agenda.
Moms for Liberty’s Controversial Activities
Moms for Liberty has been active in pushing conservative agendas in school boards, lobbying against LGBTQ+ and anti-racist content. Their activities have included offering rewards for reporting teachers discussing “divisive topics,” attacking LGBTQ+ suicide prevention efforts, and supporting legislation like Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Reaction and Implications of Fisher’s Hiring
The revelation of Fisher’s role in M4L has caused disbelief and criticism, especially considering the organization’s history of targeting LGBTQ+ issues in education. Sheila Armstrong, chair of Philadelphia’s M4L chapter, expressed surprise upon learning of Fisher’s past, highlighting the group’s lack of thorough background checks.
Conclusion: A Contradictory and Troubling Development
The hiring of Phillip Fisher Jr. by Moms for Liberty, a group that vehemently opposes LGBTQ+ rights under the guise of protecting children, presents a paradoxical and disturbing scenario. This development underscores the need for transparency and accountability in organizations involved in educational policy and advocacy. As M4L faces scrutiny over this decision, the incident serves as a reminder of the complexities and contradictions within social and political movements.