A longtime township church pastor in New Jersey is citing a 1923 Supreme Court decision in calling for open public discussion of an “LGBTQ” curriculum which will soon be mandated across his state.
The Rev. Steve Nash of The Loft Wesleyan Church cites the ruling in Meyer v. State of Nebraska, that it is “the prerogative of the parents, not the state, to determine what children are taught about fundamental morals, religious and philosophical issues.”
According to the Bridgewater Courier News, Nash told the Hillsborough Township Board of Education that he is concerned about the LGBTQ curriculum being “imposed” on local school districts, explaning that although homosexuals and transgender people comprise only 6 percent of the U.S. population, they have “an agenda, a goal, that is to impose their views on our society, including our children.”
The school board did not respond to Nash’s comments at their meeting on Jan. 6.
New Jersey law now mandates that middle and high school students learn about the social, political and economic contributions of LGBTQ individuals, but leaves the methods of teaching those lessons in local hands. School boards must update standards in time for the 2020-21 school year.
New Jersey became the second state in the nation after California to require such lessons after Gov. Phil Murphy signed the measure last year. Supporters say the move enables inclusion and promotes understanding. Foes call it a violation of religious and parental freedom for the way it imposes questionable morals on children.
The state announced Tuesday that a dozen school districts – including Highland Park and Morristown – will be forcing a new LGBTQ-focused curriculum on students this month.
Last fall a controversy erupted at Raritan Valley Community College over college trustee Felecia Nace’s speech at a straight pride parade in Boston in August.