Garden State Equality (GSE) is the statewide advocacy organization that developed a pilot program schools can use to fulfill the LGBT curriculum law. This specific “contribution” law is separate from the new sex ed learning standards, and the recently approved sexual orientation and transgender diversity lessons in kindergarten. This was a requirement for middle and high school classes to share about the “contributions” of those who identify as LGBT. We repeatedly warned parents that the pilot program material far exceeded fact-based historical contributions. However, all of GSE’s downloadable lessons were limited to 6-12th grade.

Until now.

GSE has developed same-sex diversity lessons for 2nd grade. Click here to view their lesson that teaches 7-year-old children that there are no fixed gender characteristics, nothing is morally wrong with same sex relationships, and that they need to reflect on their new thinking regarding family structures. 7-Year-Olds…?

This is completely unconstitutional.  Parents have the right to teach their own moral framework to their children. When the state government imposes a morality that contradicts the values that are taught in the home, it violates the long-established constitutional rights of parents. Please understand, if your ethnic culture or world religion teaches the importance of fathers and mothers, the government schools will tell your young children your family is morally wrong for holding such a view.

It would be a different case if schools taught older students that same sex relationships and marriages exist – but that is not what is happening in our schools. Instead, they impose an ideology with the written intended goal for students to revise and rethink their moral and religious beliefs regarding sex and gender.

For a practical example, it would be allowable to teach Jewish students that pork roll and cheese sandwiches exist. It is unavoidable to see the many roadside signs across our state that promotes them. However, schools cannot teach Jewish students that it is morally good that people eat pork combined with cheese. That is a total violation of their deeply held beliefs about kosher meal requirements.

In the end, diversity and inclusion are banal words repeatedly used with no true meaning or purpose. If students remain faithful to adhere to the practices and teachings of their religion, they will be stigmatized and unaccepted by their peers.

We should teach students to be tolerant of other beliefs, respectful of our differences, and to be kind to their classmates. You must not compel them to adopt new sexual beliefs in contradiction to the deeply held religious beliefs of their families. New Jersey schools must do better.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

Have you had enough with the oversexualization of children in New Jersey schools? Jack Ciattarelli has. He is the Republican gubernatorial candidate taking on Phil Murphy this November. Recently, he has been very public in his opposition to graphic sexual acts being injected into middle school classrooms and transgender ideology persuading 5-year-olds to question their sexuality and gender identity in kindergarten.

Jack took it upon himself to write an editorial in the USA Today/Gannett newspapers across our state. He is challenging the extreme educational standards developed by the current administration. You can read his views here.

“Expecting kindergarteners who can’t even tie their own shoes to grasp the complexity of gender identity and mandating that middle-school students be taught about explicit sexual acts when they are barely teenagers isn’t just extreme. It’s dangerous. It’s also an attempt by Murphy and the state to supplant the role and responsibility of parents.”

Jack Ciattarelli

State media has scrutinized Jack for speaking truth outside of their controlled narrative. A stream of articles was written attempting to call him a liar for suggesting the LGBT curriculum teaches the lessons he alludes to. Not surprisingly, the media got it wrong – again! Additional articles soon followed that accurately documented the Health Class Learning Standards in middle school and diversity lessons in kindergarten that will teach students these topics in the next 1-2 school years.

Get ready for this! Governor Murphy and Garden State Equality won’t defend these lessons! They are ashamed of them. Their rebuttal to Jack is to demean him for speaking to “the Trump base” and “dividing” us. They falsely direct people to LGBTQ “contributions” curriculum in their media interviews and press conferences, while intentionally ignoring the new gender identity lessons in kindergarten and the requirement for 13-year-olds to define oral and anal sex.

Please read the articles below and share them with others. It is encouraging to see Jack Ciattarelli defend parents. It is equally disappointing to see Governor Murphy deceive parents.

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As an 80’s kid, I remember the public service announcement that came on TV each night after watching the safe sitcoms of a distant era of prime-time television. Just as bedtime approached before the nightly news, a short but repetitive question was asked to parents on a daily basis, “It’s 10 PM. Do you know where your children are?”

Nearly forty years later, the world is not same. I am now the adult, major networks offer few family friendly programs, and the question parents have to answer has dramatically changed. Sadly, we must ask: “It’s 8 AM. Do you know what gender your children are?”

In 2018, the New Jersey State Board of Education published their transgender guidance for school districts because of a specific law passed by the legislator in 2017 (N.J.S.A. 18a:36-41) that directed the Commissioner of Education to develop and distribute guidelines concerning transgender students. This included defining transgenderism and ensuring a student’s chosen gender identity remain confidential and concealed – even from their parents!

Although Governor Chris Christie’s administration passed the 2017 law, it was Governor Murphy’s administration that wrote and published the transgender guidelines for school districts we have now. They specifically call for a “student centered” approach:


Student-Centered Approach
A school district shall accept a student’s asserted gender identity; parental consent is not required. Further, a student need not meet any threshold diagnosis or treatment requirements to have his or her gender identity recognized and respected by the district, school or school personnel. Nor is a legal or court-ordered name change required. There is no affirmative duty for any school district personnel to notify a student’s parent or guardian of the student’s gender identity or expression.(page 2-3, Transgender Student Guidance for School Districts)

 

This means your child can leave your house identifying as the gender that matches their biological sex, but then change their name, pronoun, clothes, and self-proclaimed gender identity at school, and you would never know. Because of this law, school districts statewide have adopted policies that prohibit teachers from telling parents the gender identity of their own children.

In other words, schools have legally obligated teachers to deceive parents!

It is happening more than you realize. Tragically, I have spoken to dozens of New Jersey public school teachers that are grieved and rightfully angered over this. One teacher, Rob DeJulia,  a 20-year teacher in the Vernon Township School District, recently testified in opposition to this policy at a local school board meeting. If you are a public school teacher and want to voice your concerns along with other teachers, please contact us.

Summer break is here, but schools will restart in two months. Parents will need to answer this question as their children walk on the school bus this September: “It’s 8 AM Do I know what gender my children are?”

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

 

 

As you are aware, big decisions are coming up this year in New Jersey. Governor Murphy and all state legislative seats will be up for election. Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey will be endorsing candidates later in the year. However, the primary is quickly approaching on June 8. To help inform you of the best and worst legislators currently in Trenton, the following is a list of bills that we support or oppose and the legislators that have sponsored them.

Bills we support:

A3000/S3002 – OPT OUT VOUCHER FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL SEXUALITY LESSONS

Assembly Members

State Senators

Robert Auth, Haskell (R)

Mike Testa, Cape May Court House (R)

Erik Peterson, Clinton (R)

Steve Oroho, Sparta (R)

Gerard Scharfenberger, Middletown (R)

Michael Doherty, Washington (R)

John Catalano, Brick (R)

Gregory McGuckin, Brick (R)

John DiMaio, Hackettstown, (R)

 

ACR193/SCR129 – RESOLUTION OPPOSING REVISED SEX ED LEARNING STANDARDS

Assembly Members

State Senators

Harold Wirths, Sparta (R)

Steve Oroho, Sparta (R)

Parker Space, Sparta (R)

Mike Testa, Cape May Court House (R)

Ronald Dancer, Cream Ridge (R)

Michael Doherty, Washington (R)

John Catalano, Brick (R)

James Holzapfel, Brick (R)

Gregory McGuckin, Brick (R)

Robert Singer, Lakewood (R)

 

A5545/S3540 – FAIRNESS IN WOMEN’S SPORTS ACT

Assembly Members

State Senators

Gregory McGuckin, Brick (R)

Mike Testa, Cape May Court House (R)

John Catalano, Brick (R)

James Holzapfel, Brick (R)

Gerard Scharfenberger, Middletown (R)

 

A2228/S429 – PAIN CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION

Assembly Members

State Senators

Ronald Dancer, Cream Ridge (R)

Steve Oroho, Sparta (R)

Robert Auth, Haskell (R)

Joseph Pennacchio, Montville (R)

Erik Peterson, Clinton (R)

Michael Doherty, Washington (R)

Parker Space, Sparta (R)

Robert Singer, Lakewood (R)

John DiMaio, Hackettstown, (R)

Anthony Bucco, Denville (R)

Sean Kean, Wall Township (R)

BettyLou DeCroce, Parsippany (R)

Harold Wirths, Sparta (R)

Jay Webber, Parsippany (R)

Christopher DePhillips, Midland Park (R)

Kevin Rooney, Wayne (R)

Bills we oppose:

A4848/S3030 – so-called REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM ACT

Assembly Members

State Senators

Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Englewood (D)

Loretta Weinberg, Teaneck (D)

Mila Jasey, Maplewood (D)

Linda Greenstein, Cranbury (D)

Raj Mukherji, Jersey City (D)

Vin Gopal, Ocean Township (D)

Annette Chaparro, Hoboken (D)

Teresa Ruiz, Newark (D)

Joann Downey, Ocean Township (D)

Troy Singleton, Moorestown (D)

Angela McKnight, Jersey City (D)

Bob Smith, Piscataway (D)

Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Trenton (D)

Annette Quijano, Elizabeth (D)

Yvonne Lopez, Perth Amboy (D)

Herb Conaway, Delran (D)

Andrew Zwicker, Monmouth Junction (D)

Anthony Verrelli, Trenton (D)

Joe Danielsen, Somerset (D)

Britnee Timberlake, East Orange (D)

Daniel Benson, Hamilton Square (D)

William Spearman, Woodbury (D)

Vincent Mazzeo, Northfield (D)

Shanique Speight, Newark (D)

Shavonda Sumter, Paterson (D)

Gordon Johnson, Teaneck (D)

Roy Freiman, Hillsborough (D)

Lisa Swain, Paramus (D)

Benjie Wimberly, Paterson (D)

Clinton Calabrese, Ridgefield (D)

Christopher Tully, Paramus (D)

Cleopatra Tucker, Newark (D)

 

A4454/S2781 – DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LESSONS REGARDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY STARTING IN KINDERGARTEN

Assembly Members

State Senators

Carol Murphy, Cinnaminson (D)

Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Trenton (D)

Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Englewood (D) Anthony Verrelli, Trenton (D)

Angela McKnight, Jersey City (D)

Mila Jasey, Maplewood (D)

Pamela Lampitt, Voorhees (D)

Benjie Wimberly, Paterson (D)

Yvonne Lopez, Perth Amboy (D)

Britnee Timberlake, East Orange (D)

Linda Carter, Plainfield (D)

Lisa Swain, Paramus (D)

Christopher Tully, Paramus (D)

Gordon Johnson, Teaneck (D)

Annette Chaparro, Hoboken (D)

Angelica Jimenez, West New York (D)

Richard Codey, Livingston (D)

Bob Smith, Piscataway (D)

Teresa Ruiz, Newark (D)

Troy Singleton, Moorestown (D)

Vin Gopal, Ocean Township (D)

For more information on the pro-life positions of legislators and candidates, please visit our friends at New Jersey Right to Life.

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“Mr. Hyland, I sent your information to my siblings with the link to support opting out for parents and they called me racist and homophobic. I was shocked they would support teaching LGBT curriculum in grammar school.” Parent from Monmouth County, April 20, 2021

I speak to churches nearly each week concerning the major curriculum problems in New Jersey public schools. I often remind the listeners that they are not the fringe – they are the faithful.

The insistence by some that the post-modern view of sex, sexuality and gender identity is the only acceptable view, is gravely insulting to tens of thousands of New Jersey immigrants, such as Muslim and Hispanic families. These minority groups hold firm to the same traditional, historical, mainstream, and current global view of sexuality and gender identity that you do — a lifelong covenant relationship between two unrelated adults of the opposite sex.

I guess using today’s labels that should lead us to conclude – to reject the traditional view of marriage is Islamophobic and xenophobic! Thankfully, we do not subscribe to such empty maligned ad hoc attacks as those used against us to silence debate. Instead, we assume goodwill in public policy and listen to those who disagree.

But if you think radical labels of hate and fear only apply to our scriptural view of the human family, think again…

This week, 101.5FM published a news story covering the recent New Jersey Terrorist Threat Assessment released by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Local governments were forewarned to guard against anarchist extremists, anti-government extremists, racially motivated extremists, home grown terrorists, and… “anti-abortion” extremists. (Thank you for those that came out to the pro-life rally last Saturday)

How should we respond to such gross misrepresentations of our faith and character?

Let’s remember, Jesus promised this would be our experience. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” Matthew 5:11. And he taught us to pray for those who would disparage and vilify us. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44

In the end, we must never forget who we are working for. We are advocating for parents to raise their children without government actively interfering to turn the hearts of the children against their family’s beliefs. We are defending preborn babies who have the instinctive will to live. We are safeguarding the religious freedom of people to live according to their consciences and not the dictates of the totalitarian state.

Don’t let labels and lists that define you as “the fringe” intimidate you. Stay faithful.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

Our nation is polarized because policy has become a zero-sum game. It is all or nothing. No compromise. No consideration. No regard for the views of others. No resolution for disagreements. Politics, by nature, is a winner-take-all sport, but the work of policy is the hard work of discussion, amendments, and solutions.

Unfortunately, in New Jersey, public education mandates signed into law by Governor Murphy or implemented by his Department of Education have shown no respect for the constitutional rights of parents to raise their children to morally reflect their values and religious beliefs.

Instead, a new sexual orthodoxy is being imposed upon children in public schools — one which is endorsed and promoted by the state, and conflicts with the fundamental religious convictions of countless families. These mandated lessons do not reflect the diverse student body within public schools consisting of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and other religious faiths with traditional moral beliefs. Therefore, the public school system is no longer inclusive to people of faith, which is all we ask for – see our previous email.

That’s why we support Senate Bill 3002 and Assembly Bill 3000. If these bills became law, parents would finally have an alternative if the local public school would not allow them to opt their child out of lessons that violated their fundamental beliefs. The alternative? A scholarship worth up to 75% of the cost of the student’s attendance at the local public school.

This week, we launched JerseyVotesYes.com to support school choice legislation such as S3002/A3000 and highlight the controversial curriculum problems in New Jersey government schools. Yes, I intentionally use the words ‘government schools’ because the state is infringing upon local community-based school boards.

This new webpage offers numerous resources including:

    1. Complete a form to print out a pre-addressed letter and send it to your three state legislators and Governor Murphy. Please take this very seriously! We need you to print out the letters and send them ASAP. Filling out the form is helpful but printing out the letters the system generates for you, putting a stamp on them, and placing them in the mail is much more effective!
    2. Call the Education Committee members and urge them to hear these bills in future committee hearings.

Please visit www.JerseyVotesYes.com to take advantage of these resources. Please also share the site with others to help educate them on what is happening in New Jersey public schools.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

Over the past two years, the New Jersey legislature has passed controversial laws mandating that public schools teach lessons which violate or conflict with the beliefs of many families regarding sex, sexuality, and gender identity.

These laws violate the fundamental and constitutional rights of parents to direct the moral and educational upbringing of their children. Public school lessons should be neutral in their presentation of religious beliefs, worldview, and political ideology. Yet, not only do these laws force a certain viewpoint on children, but they were written with no opt-out or other protection for families who have religious and moral objections to the content.

The government should not be able to force someone to go against their religious beliefs, yet this is exactly what is happening through these mandates.

Some examples of this troubling trend in New Jersey include the following:

We must address this dangerous agenda head-on. That’s why I’m pleased to share with you an opportunity this weekend:

YOU’RE INVITED
CALL TO ACTION:
Presentation and Q+A Session

Calvary Chapel Old Bridge
Sunday, March 28 at 6 PM ET
RSVP Here

Our friends at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge are hosting a special one-night event this coming Sunday, March 28 at 6pm. I will be sharing on Parental Rights in Education with an open Q & A forum to address your concerns. Registration is required. I strongly encourage you to attend and invite other parents across the state. If you cannot join us in person, the event will be live streamed at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge’s website and Facebook page.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

Working for a better New Jersey!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

 

P.S. Don’t forget to register for Sunday’s event here!

 

 

I am grieved to inform you that Governor Murphy signed into law Assembly bill 4454 on March 1. Starting in the upcoming school year, all public schools will be required to teach transgender identity and sexual orientation diversity lessons beginning in kindergarten. This will only complicate and confuse the understanding of human sexuality for 5-year-old children who are so young they are just learning to tie their shoes. Discussions about various sexual attractions and subjective gender identities have no place in the kindergarten classroom.

Governor Murphy received 19,000 emails opposing this bill in less than 45 days. Despite the widespread outrage and objection from parents, pastors, and legislators, he authorized this bill to become law.

It is clear Governor Murphy and the legislators that passed this bill do not have the best interest of your child in mind.

Let’s not forget: on June 3, 2020, Governor Murphy’s Department of Education adopted new learning standards for Health Class. Part of these revised standards for 8th grade include 2.1.8.SSH.9: Define vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Schools will now be required to teach 13-year-old students explicit sexual acts. These lessons were never part of even 11th-12th grade health class standards, but now are abruptly forced into much younger grades.

I frequently speak to churches regarding Parental Rights in Education. The public-school teachers in attendance always – with great passion and frustration – confirm the hard realities that I share. Students are being intimidated by peers and obligated by faculty to affirm a sexual ideology that contradicts their religious beliefs. Tragically, teenagers are labeled as transphobic as they are harassed on social media to conform to the approved sex beliefs of state government.

What do we do now?

  1. Inform your friends and family. Forward this email and help to get the word out. Local, state, and regional media refuse to cover this story.
  2. Support Christian schools and ask your pastor to consider starting a home school group at the church for parents and students to meet during the week.
  3. Look for an upcoming mobilization campaign this spring from Family Policy Alliance. Together, we will fight for your chance to opt your child out of lessons and materials that violate your religious beliefs regarding sex, sexuality, and gender identity.
  4. Talk to your school board to encourage them to push back on this mandate.
  5. Hold Governor Murphy and legislators accountable in the 2021 upcoming election.

Let kids be kids. New Jersey families deserve better!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

Governor Murphy had 45 days to veto the transgender identity lessons in kindergarten bill (assembly bill 4454). That day was today! However, the Assembly was not in session and by state law, the chamber of origin must be in session on the 45th day or the governor has until the next time that chamber meets to veto the bill. In other words, he has to take action by day the Assembly meets after the 45th day – Monday, March 1. If he decides to take no action, the bill becomes law by default.

We must continue to urge him to VETO THIS BILL!

Thankfully, his office has been inundated with over 18,000 emails in the past month as people across New Jersey urge him to veto it. There has been a diverse group of voices pressuring the governor to not allow these harmful and objectionable lessons to be taught to 5-year-olds.

Last week you heard from Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano from Brick, and Pastor Ed Ramirez from Paterson. We continually hear from more pastors, legislators, and parents who are calling on Governor Murphy to let kids be kids and not be subjected to this sexual ideology at such young ages.

Legislators are speaking out – “It is outrageous to foist concepts on school children as young as kindergarten that even many adults struggle to understand. Schools are supposed to be places of academics and scholarly pursuits which prepare students for college and eventually a place in the work world. Teachers are becoming overwhelmed with non-academic requirements, leaving less and less time for traditional learning.  This bill once again would allow the state to usurp the duties of the parents. It is imperative that this bill be vetoed and return the duties of teaching morals where it belongs, with parents and clergy.” – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, District 13, Middletown

Pastors are speaking out – “Please veto the bill (A4454) that sits on your desk that mandates sexual orientation and gender identity diversity lessons starting in kindergarten! As a parent, a grandparent, a pastor, and an African-American, I am appalled that this bill has made it as far as your desk! I am totally opposed to the bill on faith, family, cultural, and educational grounds.  From the perspective of my faith and culture, the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity is one for parents to handle with their children, not educators.  I feel that the introduction of such topics is totally inappropriate for 5–6-year-old kindergarteners, and highly disrespectful of parental rights and freedom of religious expression.” – Pastor Kedrick Brown, Middletown, NJ

Now you must speak out!

Please email and text your friends this information.

Let’s make New Jersey better!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

Dear Friends,

In less than 10 days, more than 4,000 people have used our Action Center to urge Governor Murphy to veto legislation that would force school districts to teach sexual orientation and transgender identity lessons beginning in kindergarten.

News media in New Jersey and national markets have covered this outrageous legislation.

First, if you have not contacted the Governor – click here! We need you to add your voice to the thousands who have spoken out already. Governor Murphy has 45 days after the passage of this bill on Jan. 11 to veto it. It is not too late to tell him that these lessons are inappropriate at such a young age and should be left to parents.

Second, we need you to share this action alert through text and email. The most direct way of informing your friends is to forward them this link. Social media sites often suppress “shares” of our action alerts to prevent people from knowing what is really happening. Please text or email your friends to encourage them to protect the minds and bodies of young children.

Thank you for spreading the word!

Sincerely,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy