Al Cirulli

Barnegat Township

New Jersey shore mayor criticizes LGBTQ curriculum

August 07, 2019 - 10:20 am

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- The Republican mayor of a small New Jersey town is urging residents to oppose a state law that requires middle and high schools to instruct students on the contributions of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered -- but his position is not sitting well with all parents. 

Barnegat Township Mayor Alfonso Cirulli on Tuesday called the LGBTQ political movement "an affront to almighty God.''   

The Asbury Park Press reports the 60-year-old former assistant principal opened the township committee by urging residents to pressure Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and the Legislature to reverse the law that was signed on Jan. 31.

Cirulli said the government "has no right to teach our kids morality.''   

Cirulli said "we've crossed over the line into absurdity.''   

The law applies to the 2020-21 school year.

Briget Nunn, a Barnegat resident and mental health clinician who was at the meeting he spoke at, said Cirulli should take time to study the curriculum before “going full throttle.”

“The idea is to teach compassion, tolerance and understanding,” she said.

Nunn said Cirulli’s tone is why so many transgender youngsters become depressed, with some turning to suicide. 

“You should not use your public platform to espouse your beliefs,” said another resident, Peg Houle. "You’re not supposed to be up there preaching and taking time away from people who want to speak."

Resident Marianne Clemente chimed in, “You think your speaking dais is a pulpit. You are not supposed to bring religion into this. At other times I have heard you mention Jesus in your speeches, and that is totally inappropriate. We have a separation of church and state. Damn it, adhere to it.”