A New Jersey mayor known as the LGBTQ motion “an affront to almighty God” this week whereas opposing a lately handed legislation that requires faculties to show college students about LGBTQ historical past.
Alfonso Cirulli, the mayor of Barnegat, New Jersey, spoke out in opposition to the legislation in a Tuesday city committee assembly, according to the Asbury Park Press. Cirulli, a 60-year-old former assistant principal, urged different residents of the small seaside city to stress New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) to reverse the legislation, which handed the state legislature in January.
“The federal government has no proper to show our youngsters morality,” Cirulli stated on the assembly, including later: “We’ve crossed over the road into absurdity.”
Cirulli, a Republican in his third time period as mayor, additionally stated it’s “time for the righteous to face up for his or her rights.”
The law in question requires that each one public center and excessive faculties “embrace instruction, and undertake educational supplies, that precisely painting political, financial, and social contributions of individuals with disabilities and lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender folks.”
New Jersey is the second state after California to enact laws requiring college students to find out about LGBTQ historical past. The legislation applies to the 2020-2021 faculty 12 months.
Cirulli’s feedback have been met with swift criticism from Barnegat residents and others on Twitter. The mayor responded to critics, telling The Washington Post he believes the legislation goes too far.
“They might go to the extremes with this, like bringing in a drag queen to kindergartners,” he stated, including that he worries it’ll lead some youngsters to have “an identification disaster.”
Cirulli didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
Dr. Brian Latwis, superintendent of the Barnegat Township College District, wrote in a statement on the district’s web site that the faculties will adjust to state pointers.
“Barnegat Colleges will do all the pieces we will to navigate challenges and tough conditions with sensitivity to all members of this Barnegat household,” Latwis wrote.
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