Sophia Lorey, the California Family Council's outreach coordinator, recently participated in a Moms for Liberty (MFL) Yolo County event at a branch library in Davis, California. Addressing the topic of "fair and safe" sports for girls, she began her presentation by talking about what she looked forward to as a female athlete.
"I don't believe girls nowadays have the same dreams and opportunities as I did because of men and boys in women's and girls' sports," she relays. "[I] was immediately shut down. The crowd got a little rowdy, and the librarian told me that that was misgendering men in sports and that I needed to leave the meeting."
But her message was based on the U.S. Constitution.
"We all have free speech," Lorey cites. "We have our First Amendment right, and that shouldn't be violated because we have different ideologies."
Considering that many problems can be solved through an honest exchange of ideas, she laments the fact that "people have lost the ability to debate."
"If we can't debate certain topics and principles and platforms, how do we have the ability to talk about legislation and talk about how to make this the safest and best place for children to grow up?" Lorey wonders.
At the end of the day, she submits that what America needs is more free speech, not less.