BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, New Jersey, October 29, 2019 ( LifeSiteNews ) – The mayor of a New Jersey township is holding firm against negative reactions to his forceful denunciation of a state law mandating that “LGBT history” be taught in public schools. Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill 1569 in January, requiring school boards to develop lessons about the “political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people” throughout history. During an August committee meeting for Barnegat Township, Republican Mayor Alfonso Cirulli assailed the LGBT agenda as “an affront to Almighty God” and declared that “now is the time for the righteous to stand up for their rights” before the school district implements a new curriculum in line with the new mandate.
“Prior to the shift that has occurred over the past 25 years, education was determined by the citizens of each local community, holding to the standards of that community,” Cirulli wrote, adding that the “overwhelming” feedback he received from members of the community affirms that “parents want to guide their children in regards to sexual matters. They do not want to be bullied by the government, or other special interest groups.”