Insisting “there is no hate or bigotry intended,” Barnegat, New Jersey Mayor Alfonso Cirulli on Tuesday called the LGBTQ community “an affront to almighty God” during a public meeting of the Township Committee, as he blasted a new state law that requires schools to include in their curriculums the social, political, and economic contributions LGBTQ people have made to society, as the Asbury Park Press reports.
Mayor Cirulli, who says he is a retired educator, warned of what he labeled the “serious psycologic affects” [sic] to adolescents and young children the impending LGBT curriculum will have. He did not detail what those would be, but said they would have “serious consequences.”
Cirulli says kids always get picked on, “for being overweight, ethnic, racial, or whatever their problems are,” as he wrongly claimed students are protected by federal law, and “all the schools do a fantastic job” of protecting at-risk students.
“We’ve crossed over the line into absurdity,” by passing a law that requires students to learn about LGBTQ people, he said, in an angered tone. And he said is fulfilling his duty to “protect” township residents by railing against the state law.
Mayor Cirulli told the committee that the new LGBTQ education law is so “serious” that lawmakers must ‘reverse” it, or residents must “vote them out.”
Ironically, he told the council members, “no group has a right to force others to comply with their beliefs, deprive them of their First Amendment rights, and strip them of their parents of how to morally raise their children.”
The mayor, who spoke uninterrupted, expressed his outrage that parents are not allowed, he says, to opt out their children from being taught the curriculum.
“What does a person’s sexual preference have to do with anything, and who’s business is it anyway?” Cirulli, clearly having no idea what is is to be LGBTQ, demanded to know. “How would anyone know another person’s sexual preference unless that person professes it, and what is his or her motive for professing it?”
“Sexual preference is a mindset,” Cirulli continued, again, without interruption. “Don’t confuse this with racial or ethnic discrimination. There is no comparison.”
Cirulli went on to complain about what he described as a long list of wedding-related businesses, religious leaders, students, religious leaders and others he claimed were “punished” for their “Christian convictions.”
After that outburst against same-sex marriage Mayor Cirulli went on to disparage transgender people, claiming that “a male can just say he is a female, and vice versa,” which is absolutely false.
He then went on to call the federal Equality Act, a bill that will not see debate on the Senate while the GOP is in control, “dangerous.”
“Politicians have no right to promote the LGBT agenda through laws that are intended to destroy religious freedom, especially our Jewish and Christian heritage,” he charged.
“The LGBTQ movement is out to crush anybody or any faith that doesn’t embrace their chosen lifestyle,” Mayor Cirulli said, falsely.
“The Equality Act, which leads to the teaching of – and this is what LGBTQ stands for – radical lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or queer ideology in school curriculum nationwide.”
“For people of faith, make no mistake that this political movement is an affront to almighty God,” Cirulli ranted, “with the intent of completely trying to completely eradicate God’s law and the foundation that this nation was built on.”
“The bible tells us that they will try, but not succeed, and will pay an eternal price for their rebellion,” the mayor added.
His rant did not end there, but spoke for about 15 minutes in total attacking his own constituents, and every LGBTQ person in America, and their allies.
The full video, which goes on with no objection from anyone on the council or in the room, can be watched on the Barnegat Township website.
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GOP Candidate Complaining She Wasn’t Allowed to ‘Have Kids Laugh At’ Transgender Students in Viral Video Draws Rebuke
A Republican candidate for the Texas House of Representatives while promoting “school choice” cited her time as a school teacher, saying transgender students made her uncomfortable. At a candidate forum, Shelley Luther told the audience she was upset that she was not allowed to let other students laugh at their transgender peers.
“I am not comfortable with the transgenders,” Luther said, NBC News reports.
“The kids that they brought in my classroom, when they said that this kid is transgendering into a different sex, that I couldn’t have kids laugh at them,” she said,” pausing for several seconds, apparently realizing what she had just said.
After the long pause, she added, “…like other kids got in trouble for having transgender kids in my class. That’s why I vote for school choice.”
Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez told NBC News, “Lamenting not being able to allow students to laugh at, bully and harass transgender kids isn’t leadership, it’s cruelty plain and simple.”
This is not Luther’s first brush with attacking minority students.
Last month Luther declared “Chinese” students should not be allowed to enroll in Texas colleges.
In her tweet, now deleted, she labeled them “Communists.”
“Chinese students should be BANNED from attending all Texas universities,” Luther had tweeted, as the Houston Chronicle reported. “No more Communists!”
The video of Luther talking about transgender students went viral, garnering over 700,000 views since Tuesday.
WATCH: Shelley Luther, a Texas GOP candidate and former teacher, said transgender children make her uncomfortable, and she complained that their classmates weren’t allowed to make fun of them. https://t.co/c8AX8IFpY8 pic.twitter.com/R25rfROza7
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) February 8, 2022
‘Frankenstein’s Clone of Marjorie Taylor Greene’: NJ GOP Nominee for Governor Slammed for Anti-LGBTQ Attack
Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican Party’s nominee for governor of New Jersey had some things to say about LGBTQ people and the teaching of sex-ed in schools. Responses to his remarks were passionate and pointed.
Ciattarelli, apparently campaigning at a store inside a gun range last month, promised supporters that when he’s governor “sodomy” will no longer be taught to 6th graders, as Gothamist, which obtained video of his remarks, reports. Sodomy is not being taught to 6th graders.
The GOP nominee also promised that “sexual orientation” will no longer be taught to kindergarteners, a vow that appears will be somewhat easy to keep, as it is not currently being taught to kindergarteners.
“I feel lucky [our kids] are in their 20s and I don’t have to be dealing with what you’re dealing with right now,” Ciattarelli, a former state lawmaker said June 24. “You won’t have to deal with it when I’m governor, but we’re not teaching gender ID and sexual orientation to kindergarteners. We’re not teaching sodomy in sixth grade. And we’re going to roll back the LGBTQ curriculum. It goes too far.”
The executive director of Garden State Equality, Christian Fuscarino, slammed “Ciattarelli’s use of the word ‘sodomy’,” Gothamist adds. Fuscarino said it “sounded as if he was ‘speaking in code or virtue-signaling to a very specific group of people.'”
“Fuscarino added: ‘He goes on to say more bluntly that he wants to roll back some of the progress the LGTBQ community has made. We’ve seen enough of that at the federal level the last four years with the Trump administration.'”
That was not Ciattarelli’s only attack on LGBTQ people.
Ciattarelli complained about a sign he had seen recently at the bank that advertised “a new LGBTQ bank card.” He said: “I’m sitting there saying, ‘The more we cater to each special interest, the more you remind us about how different we all are from each other.’ Right?”
NorthJersey.com reports on reaction to Ciattarelli’s remarks.
“Steven Goldstein, the founder of Garden State Equality who led the successful campaign for same-sex marriage in New Jersey, said Ciattarelli is ‘the most dangerous’ candidate for governor in his lifetime and equated him to Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia congresswoman who has promoted conspiracy theories.”
“Jack is now Frankenstein’s clone of Marjorie Taylor Greene for New Jersey,” Goldstein said in a statement. “He is a fringe crackpot who operates in a galaxy far, far away from bipartisan human decency.”
“The Democratic State Committee labeled Ciattarelli a ‘bigot’ whose ‘willingness to diminish and demonize the LGBTQ community is exactly why this curriculum is so important.'”
Here is video via Gothamist:
Trump-Loving GOP Senate Candidate Who Compares LGBTQ People to Rapists Forced to Quarantine – Again
One-term former U.S. Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN), who lost his House seat to a Democrat in 2018, has been forced into quarantine again after being exposed to a person with COVID-19. Lewis, apparently not observing the CDC’s 14-day guidelines, had just returned to the campaign trail after riding on Air Force One with President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
A former radio host, Lewis made national headlines for comparing LGBTQ people to rapists and warning they might harm children, expressing upset that “religious freedom” laws don’t go far enough to in allowing discrimination against LGB TQ people, mocking women traumatized by unwanted touching, and being sad “you can’t call” a woman a “slut” anymore.
In a statement the Lewis campaign said the person he came in contact with had tested positive on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
The campaign would not disclose that person’s identity.
RealClearPolitics shows current Democratic U.S. Senator Tina Smith beating Lewis by an average of 8.5 points.
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