Letters

Bigoted Attitudes

Aug 14, 2019

To the Editor:

Barnegat Mayor Al Cirulli on Tuesday, Aug. 6 used his bully pulpit as mayor to criticize the teaching of LGBTQ and disabled positive role models in our schools. He also used his time in the mayor’s seat at the August meeting of the township committee to spew his bigoted attitude of the LGBTQ+ community.

Mr. Cirulli is certainly entitled to his personal opinion, but not to make hateful and hurtful comments from the mayor’s seat. Then to interpret scripture to support this hateful personal opinion is, in fact, “weaponizing” scripture. This is also a blatant disregard for the separation of church and state.

Mr. Cirulli uses Christianity to defend his bigoted opinions. I consider myself a good Christian and believe that the Christian community is not a hateful or biased community. I believe that scripture should be used to spread love and tolerance. God doesn’t make junk. Christ welcomed everyone.

Mr. Cirulli’s insinuation that sexual orientation is a choice is naive and just plan untrue. Educators expand discussion and should not be judgmental.

How can someone with such a closed mind and such bigotry in his heart lead Barnegat to a better and brighter future?

The endorsement of Mr. Cirulli’s comments by Deputy Mayor John Novak and the deafening silence of the remaining committee members was just plain sad. They should all be ashamed of themselves for their silent concurrence and embarrassing the residents of Barnegat in such a way.

Ron Naples

Barnegat

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