BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A mayor in New Jersey took a stand on Tuesday against a new state law that requires public school curriculum in the state to include information on the contributions of homosexuals and transgenders in American history.
According to the Asbury Press, during the regular meeting for Barnegat Township, Mayor Alfonso Cirulli forthrightly stated that homosexual activism is “an affront to Almighty God” and that it is his duty to protect the people.
Cirulli, a former assistant principal, was referring to a bill that Gov. Phil Murray signed into law in January that requires social studies curriculum for middle and high school students to include teaching on the “political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”
S. 1659 will take effect for the 2020 school year, and it will be up to each Board of Education to “have policies and procedures in place pertaining to the selection of instructional materials to implement the requirements.”
Cirulli believes the new law indoctrinates children and infringes on the religious rights of parents. He is also concerned about how teaching could confuse youth and thrust them into an unnecessary “identity crisis.”
“They could go to the extremes with this, like bringing in a drag queen to kindergartners,” he stated, according to the Washington Post. “They’re just forcing an issue on kids, where I don’t think the state has any interest sticking their nose.”
“Everyone has the right to live his or her life the way they want, but no group has a right to force others to comply with their beliefs, deprive them of their First Amendment rights, and strip the rights of parents of how to morally raise their children,” the mayor continued. “That especially applies to state and federal authorities.”
Cirulli, who is an elder at his church in Toms River, also lamented that liberal politicians are behind other ungodly laws and they will have to give an account to God for their actions.
“Now is the time for the righteous to stand up for their rights,” he declared.
According to the Asbury Press, most of those in attendance listened quietly without comment, but one resident who counsels homosexual and transgender youth complained during the meeting that she “felt like [she] was in church.”
The New Jersey Family Policy Council, however, expressed support for the mayor, stating in a blog post that the “[s]exual orientation, desires, and feelings of historical figures [are] not appropriate or relevant to the teaching of the social contributions of historical giants of the past.”
“More importantly, many parents have taken notice these curriculum standards seek to normalize ‘LGBT identities’ and teach they are acceptable for all people, of any time, including our students, while rejecting religious and moral beliefs that offer love and hope to those struggling with these identities,” lamented President Len Deo.
The organization has consequently decided to form a parental rights group consisting of pastors, educators and parents. Cirulli urged residents throughout New Jersey to demand a repeal of the curriculum law.
“Together, we must speak with the love of Christ to those who identify as gay and transgender and simultaneously protect the next generation from the confusion of moral progressivism,” Deo said.
As previously reported, the Bible teaches that all men are in the exact same predicament: All are born with the Adamic sin nature and are therefore “by nature the children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3), having various inherent feeling and tendencies that are contrary to the law and will of God and being utterly incapable of changing by themselves (Job 14:4).
Jesus outlined in John 3:5-7 that men must be regenerated by the second birth, and be transformed from being in Adam to being in Christ, or they cannot see the kingdom of Heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:15-17 also teaches, “He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again. … Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”