New law forces public schools in New Jersey to teach LGBT history
TRENTON, New Jersey, February 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill last week requiring the state’s public middle and high schools to teach so-called LGBT history.
Pro-family critics have blasted the law as a tool for homosexual activists to inundate schools with LGBT propaganda.
“This is to absolutely saturate society on all levels and to begin to teach, which is to recruit, all human beings regardless of age and gender, into the LGBT religion,” Greg Quinlan, founder of Garden State Families, told LifeSiteNews.
“These kids are going to be getting one-sided, manipulative, incredibly biased gay propaganda. Everything will be colored lavender,” echoed Peter LaBarbera of the Illinois-based Americans for Truth.
Bill S1569 mandates that school boards develop lessons to “accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”
The bill makes New Jersey the second state after California to require public schools teach pro-LGBT history.
Murphy promised during his campaign he would promote the LGBTQ agenda, and advocates of Bill S1569 claim it will benefit LGBT students.
“This bill is so important for our young people,” Jaime Bruesehoff, mother of a 12-year-old “transgender” child, told the North Jersey Record.
“They need to see examples of themselves in the history being taught and in classes they are going to each day.”
But Quinlan, himself a former homosexual who testified against the bill in committee, says the law is intended to “inculcate” acceptance of the “LGBT religion.”
LGBT advocacy is “founded on faith-based assumptions,” he told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview.
The American Psychiatric Association has never withdrawn or revised its finding that “there are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology for homosexuality,” he said.
He further blasted the New Jersey law as discriminatory.
“On a civil rights basis, you need to include all sexual minorities, including ex-gays, which it does not,” he told LifeSiteNews. “It specifically says LGBT.”
The law also violates New Jersey’s constitution because it’s an “unfunded mandate,” maintained Quinlan.
His group is looking for school boards to take the law to court on that basis, he told LifeSiteNews.
LaBarbara similarly warned students will not be taught “legitimate history” under this law.
“We’re going to get all the gay history from people who have a vested interest in normalizing homosexuality,” he pointed out.
“Unfortunately, a lot of kids won’t understand they’re getting gay propaganda, and they’ll come out into the world brainwashed.”
Homosexual icon Harvey Milk, for example, was homosexually molested as a young boy and in a homosexual relationship at age 33 with a 16-year-old boy in New York, LaBarbera said.
Yet Milk will undoubtedly be portrayed to students as is a hero “on a par with Martin Luther King and George Washington,” he told LifeSiteNews.
Len Deo, president of New Jersey Family Policy Council, denounced the bill for usurping parental rights.
“We believe it further erodes the right of parents to discuss this sensitive issue with their children, if in fact schools are going to be promoting and making the claim that this particular person was an LGBTQ member,” he told the New Jersey Record.
New Jersey lawyer and journalist Tommy De Seno, although a proponent of homosexual “marriage,” also skewered the law as “identity politics gone wild, and a Marxist rejection of the importance of the individual.”
“Governments get their powers from a constitution and I’m at a loss to find the constitutional provision that lets them single out an identity group for importance over others,” he wrote in Asbury Park Press.
“Assuming they have that power, curriculum is usually decided at the local school board. This new law is state government stealing power from the locals.”
De Seno also echoed the concern the LGBT history would be one-sided.
If students are to learn about famous “gay” individuals, they must learn about infamous ones as well, he pointed out.
“If we are teaching the totality of gays’ impact on society, mustn’t we teach of gays who were a detriment to society? Jeffery Dahmer, Andrew Cunanan and John Wayne Gacy were gay serial killers,” De Seno noted.
Meanwhile, Illinois Democrat state Reps. Anna Moeller and Deborah Conroy are co-sponsoring a similar bill in that state’s legislature.
Those seeking to lobby against the New Jersey bill at the school board level can contact Garden State Families here.