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Barnegat, NJ Mayor Articulates Strong Objection to LGBT Curriculum

“If you control the curriculum, if you control the education system, if you control the schools, you eventually control the direction of the culture.”

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Back to school shopping historically consisted of backpacks, pencils and composition books. Parents stretched the family budget to afford new clothes, but now many are considering new schools. There is growing undercurrent of resistance from parents defending their parental rights regarding their child’s formative educational years.

Governor Murphy signed S1569 on January 31, 2019. This egregious bill was modeled on a law adopted in California in 2012 and will go into full effect in NJ for 2020-2021 school year. It forces every school district to include historical figures in their curriculums and textbooks based on that person’s sexual attraction or personal feelings about their gender identity. In other words, S1569 mandates the inclusion of LGBT individuals’ sexual orientation into curriculum, while discounting its relevancy to the subject matter being taught or even its historical accuracy.

State lawmakers have positioned themselves as academic authorities, inflicting the radical social agenda of “Garden State Equality” (the powerful LGBTQ advocacy organization in NJ) upon impressionable students – our children and grandchildren. These curriculum standards fail our New Jersey student and their families. Sexual orientation, desires, and feelings of historical figures is 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. Make no mistake, this is the mission of Garden State Equality here in NJ and those that support their radical ideologies.

That’s why many parents are looking for alternative school options that keeps radical leftism out of the classrooms. Though not every parent has this option– if your child will be exposed to this curriculum reach out to us at to find out your rights.

On August 6, 2019, Mayor Al Cirulli of Barnegat Township took a bold leadership position to protect the students and families of his town. He articulated a strong objection to S1569 at the monthly township council meeting stating:

Mayor-Al-Cirulli-w-caption--w“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. That especially applies to State and Federal authorities. . . The residents of all townships and cities must come together against the Governor and State legislators and demand that they repeal NJ Senate bill 1569.” Mayor Al Cirulli, Barnegat Township, NJ

Family Policy Alliance of NJ applauds Mayor Cirulli on his public stand. Elected officials should not shrink from their responsibility to defend their constituents. Neither should parents and the Church withdraw from their biblical responsibility to educate their children.

For that reason, we are initiating a parental rights coalition group of pastors, educators and parents. If you are interested joining this group, please email If you are unable to join, please donate to Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey so we can increase coalition efforts to protect students and parental rights in our schools.

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.

Len Deo
Founder and President
New jersey Family Policy Council

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy – New Jersey
Family Policy Alliance

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