Over the weekend, Moms for Liberty joined forces with actor Kirk Cameron and activist Riley Gaines to hold a “See You at the Library'' reading event at the Madison Public Library. 

Turnout was great with over 500 parents and kids attending — and that was despite the event’s cancelation until the day before due to “capacity issues.” New capacity restrictions were put in place for the event room at the library only four days before the event. The library finally relented and agreed to host the event after a request by First Liberty Institute, the law firm representing Cameron and his publisher Brave Books. 

While I am thrilled with such a great turnout for the event, I also hope and pray that this debacle has opened the eyes of many of the citizens in my own community to the fight that is now at our doorstep. 

The library was once a safe place for children – for all! It was a place to come and learn, research, and discover, but with recent news of libraries across Alabama targeting children with woke ideologies and LGBTQ displays, it has become another place of discrimination against conservatives. 

Our children’s schoolbooks, curriculum, and now libraries are riddled with the left’s propaganda, and I fear that many in our community are still asleep to what’s happening. Our conservative bubbles, our Christian communities, and our Southern charm have lulled us to sleep, allowing the enemy to creep in and infiltrate our most vulnerable minds. 

Emily Jones, a woman from the Madison County Moms for Liberty group said something over the weekend that really struck a chord with me: 

"Multiple people came up to me and said 'I am shocked. I cannot believe in Huntsville, Alabama that this is happening, that this is how our government is working. And I laughed and said, 'Yes and that's why God chose here.' Because he knew it would take this to wake up our community to what is truly happening in our society." 

While I am so thankful that this event and its unfolding circumstances woke up some in our community, I am afraid it will take much more to stir people to action. Perhaps now that they are aware that not everyone in our red state is conservative or even interested in free speech, people will be inspired to get involved and make their voices heard. The fact is, bureaucrats are working tirelessly behind the scenes to turn the tides of our future by going after our children, and we must fight back. 

Organizing events such as “See You at the Library,” making a scene, and fighting for our voices to be heard is crucial. It’s also important to have organizations like Moms for Liberty and Republican Women of Madison pointing out the inconsistencies and shady choices of our elected officials. Doing so shakes citizens out of their slumber and encourages them to get into the fight – or at least be prepared when it comes to their families. 

As conservatives, there is so much we can do to help shape the future, not only of our country but of our local communities, the places it matters most and where change happens first. Paying attention, being aware, and getting involved in local conservative community events and organizations is what we all should be doing if we hope to make a difference. 

We cannot sit quietly anymore and hope that someone else stands up for our rights and our children. Our future depends on every one of us doing our part to ensure that our communities remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Lauren is a wife, mother, and writer with a passion for boldly speaking truth. Writing and speaking for over a decade, Lauren has reached millions worldwide. She is known for her Biblical approach to controversial topics and humorous approach to counteracting the lies of the world. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @laurendemoss.

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