Talk about the lowest of lows. I have been kicked out of a mom’ club. Not only have I been a mom for over 33 years, but I am also a grandma (which, by the way, puts me in the “supermom” category). So I now have the embarrassing stigma of being known as the one mom kicked out of “Moms Across America” club. My self-esteem is now 6 feet under. (sigh . . .)
Here is how it went down:
I was having a conversation. And I am not kidding – a conversation.
I was in the midst of talking online with another mom about GMOs. You see, the website Moms Across America is a little deceiving. It’s not a “moms club” per se, but rather, a group of moms who are anti-science and anti-GMO. I decided to join a while back because disturbing posts were coming across my newsfeed from Moms Across America about GMOs. At the time I didn’t realize they were a front group for anti-science and anti-GMO. Innocently, I thought they were a mom’s club with maybe some “wayward souls.” Little did I know.
So it happened. Yesterday. The specific post was about how poisonous and unsafe GMOs are. It also talked about how all apples are genetically modified. I proceeded to state only the Arctic apple is genetically modified. The technology suppresses an enzyme which causes the apple to brown and that consumers wouldn’t see them on the market until 2017. I also added the USDA, FDA and EPA are required to approve GMOs before they are available to the market. In addition, I added that it takes 10-13 years and costs about $136,000,000 before GMO foods are available in the market.
Another participant questioned my statement that FDA tests GMOs by posting an article from TruthEdge that stated the FDA does not test GMOs. I was just in the process of researching the article and her statement when I noticed I could not comment, which means I was banned. My posts have also been deleted. There was no mocking. No name calling. No intimidation. Nothing. Just an honest respectful conversation between two moms who didn’t share the same opinion. I didn’t have the opportunity to state that we both wanted the same thing (safe food), which would had been part of the conversation had I been given the opportunity. And to be honest at this point, I don’t think it would have mattered.
What has our society come to? Can we not have a conversation if we don’t agree? Are critical thinking skills threatening our society? Are we dumbing ourselves down by not allowing dialogue? I am truly frightened if that is what we have become. I am very concerned that banning people have become the new way to censor our society. Truly, truly scary.
My message to moms: Please do not get caught up in these intolerant groups. Be a mom and do yourself and your family a favor and do the research. I know you want the best for your family. We all do, including the farmers, like me, who grow your food. Don’t get sucked in the “one viewpoint only” websites. Don’t assume everything you read on the internet is correct. Challenge yourself by investigating “the other side.” Be open-minded and don’t shut out people just because they don’t agree with you. Remain respectful in your conversations. Be open to learning.
So while my self-esteem is healing and slowly climbing back up to ground level, here is another blog post I wrote about critical thinking skills.