According to a ThinkProgress investigation, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a right-wing group, has deepened their connections with both America’s religious right and Russians, who have been sanctioned by the U.S.
HSLDA is America’s most prominent homeschooling organization. It has a right-wing religious angle, and describes their employees as “Christians who seek to honor God” in their work.
The HSLDA has provided Russia with an ability to influence some of the most conservative organizations in the U.S.
Other networks between far-right groups in America and sanctioned Russians have allowed Russian agents to come into close contact with leaders of the Republican party as they attempt to overturn American democracy.
The HSLDA recently co-sponsored a formal homeschooling conference in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Speakers included anti-LGBTQ officials and another Russian official sanctioned by the U.S. for “contributing to the crisis in Ukraine.”
Kathryn Brightbill, a legislative analyst with the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, says, “HSLDA has pretty much always existed in part to create that next generation of soldiers for the religious right to train up kids to take over in politics.”