A New Jersey mayor declared this week that a new state law requiringLGBTQhistory to be taught in middle and high schools is “an affront to Almighty God.”
Barnegat Township MayorAlfonso Cirulli, a former assistant principal, said during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Township Committee that the push forLGBTQ-inclusive education in public schools had “crossed over the line into absurdity,” the Asbury Park Pressreported.
Mr. Cirulliurged residents to pressure state lawmakers to reverse a measure going into effect next year, which requires middle and high school curriculums to include lessons on the societal contributions ofLGBTQpeople and people with disabilities. New Jersey is only the second state in the country after California to pass such a law.
“The government has no right to teach our kids morality,” the Republican mayor said Tuesday. “Now is the time for the righteous to stand up for their rights.”
“There is no hate or bigotry intended here,” he added. “Everyone has a right to live his or her life the way they want to, but no group has a right to force others to comply with their beliefs.”
Mr. Cirullialso criticized Garden State Equality, anLGBTQadvocacy organization that helped pass the bill in January, CNNreported. The group’s executive director, Christian Fuscarino, told CNN that while the mayor didn’t “seem like he’s going to be changing his opinion anytime soon,” the group is confident with having a “great working relationship” with the Barnegat school district.
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