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Watch: NJ Mayor Says LGBTQ History Classes are 'an Affront to Almighty God'

Friday Aug 9, 2019
Barnegat Township, New Jersey Mayor Aflonso Cirulli, speaks to  WPVI-TV.
Barnegat Township, New Jersey Mayor Aflonso Cirulli, speaks to WPVI-TV.  (Source:Video screen shot via WPVI-TV)

The Republican mayor of a small New Jersey town is coming under fire this week after vocalizing his opposition to a state law that requires middle schools and high schools to learn about LGBTQ history, according to Philadelphia's ABC affiliate station WPVI-TV.

Alfonso Cirulli, the mayor of Barnegat Township, New Jersey, called the LGBTQ movement "an affront to Almighty God" during a township committee meeting earlier this week. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill on Jan. 31 that would require young students to learn about LGBTQ history. Cirulli urged those who oppose the measure to contact Murphy, adding that the government "has no right to teach our kids morality," according to the Asbury Park Press.

"...we've crossed over the line into absurdity," the 60-year-old mayor reportedly said. "Now is the time for the righteous to stand up for their rights."

"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," Cirulli, a former teacher and assistant principal, said, according toWPVI-TV.

After hearing people who both disagreed with the mayor and echoed his views, Cirulli defended himself.

"There is no hate or bigotry intended here. ... Everyone has a right to live his or her life the way they want to, but no group has a right to force others to comply with their beliefs," he said, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The law will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year.

Watch CBS Philly and NorthNewJersey.com's report on Cirulli below. Also below is WPVI-TV's report. Click here to read the Asbury Park Press's full report.





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