Series of e-mails to Michael Inzelbuch by concerned citizens from Lakewood and surrounding areas, from both Jewish and non-Jewish community activists to Michael Inzelbuch, protesting the law and it’s application in the Lakewood Public School System, were largely ignored.
Months Later, he responded saying ‘it’s the Law. Stop sending e-mails.’ Same response was received at BOE meetings.
The story begins of course with the law passed by NJ Legislature.
The Law requires that Public Schools teach all children about ‘diversity.’ By now you all know that ‘diversity’ is a code word for all sorts of human depravity. The law was sponsored by by /democrats and won by a margin of nearly 50% with 52 democrats voting for (virtually all of them) and only 28 republicans either against or abstaining or didn’t show up.
In January 22, 2021, an e-mail was sent from a representative of a non-Jewish organization which advocates for the rights of parents over the education of their children, particularly as it relates to family values and the like. The Organization, NJ Parental Rights, wrote the following:
On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 2:11 PM NJ Parental Rights <[email protected]> wrote:
It has been brought to my attention that numerous parents and tax payers in your school district have been reaching out to you with concerns about the pending LGBT Curriculum mandate and the pending Inclusion Law requirements.
I have been working on this matter of defending parental rights for more than a decade now, and we have been working to protect the children from the harm of the LGBT indoctrination in the public school system since January of 2019.
We have thousands who are part of Team PYC, a group of people who want to protect the children from the harmful LGBT indoctrination. We are parents, teachers, school board members, concerned taxpayers, mothers, fathers, church leaders, Christians, people of faith, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Coptic Christians, and much more. We are many and we represent thousands from all over the state and the nation. We are very diverse, yet we have one thing in common, our desire to protect the children. There are many who are part of this movement that reside in your district!
We want to be clear. We care about each and every child, and we support and defend equality. We believe that all children should be cared for, respected, protected, and have equal rights to learn, to excel, and to reach their fullest potential, including black/white/rich/poor/gay/straight; however, treating all equally cannot mean that those with deep religious views are discriminated against. We are highly concerned that the requirement to teach “LGBT history” will teach lifestyles, and life choices (to the innocent children), that stand one hundred percent against our family values, our deeply held religious views, and the way we practice our faith.
Our leadership team had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Repollet, then NJ Commissioner of Education, early in 2020. He made it very clear that all NJ public school have the right to decide how, where, and when all LGBT maters would be taught.
The NJ Department of Education HAS NOT and WILL NOT endorse the LGBT Curriculum developed by Garden State Equality! PLEASE NOTE: Garden State Equality’s LGBT Curriculum HAS NOT BEEN ENDORSED AND IT WILL NOT BE ENDORSED BY THE NJ DOE.
The NJ DOE will NOT include any particular curriculum to be required to be implemented or adopted.
It is up to the schools where it goes and what is taught!
As you know, guidance is simply that, guidance. In NJ, the schools have the authority to decide if, when, and where most material is to be taught.
Below is the text of the LGBT Curriculum Law (please note there is no “Q” or any other letter other than “LGBT”).
CHAPTER 6 – An Act concerning instruction and instructional materials in public schools and supplementing chapter 35 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.
C.18A:35-4.35 History of disabled and LGBT persons included in middle and high school curriculum.
1. A board of education shall include instruction on the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, in an appropriate place in the curriculum of middle school and high school students as part of the district’s implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.
C.18A:35-4.36 Policies, procedures pertaining to inclusive instructional materials.
2. A board of education shall have policies and procedures in place pertaining to the selection of instructional materials to implement the requirements of section 1 of this act. When adopting instructional materials for use in the schools of the district, a board of education shall adopt inclusive instructional materials that portray the cultural and economic diversity of society including the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, where appropriate.
The inclusion bill, if and when it becomes law, is expected to also include the terms: where appropriate.
I am certain you are familiar with N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.7 which is NJ State Law that gives every parent of a child in the NJ public school system the legal right to be excused from being taught any material that stands in contradiction to their religious beliefs.
N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.7, any student whose parent presents to the Principal a signed statement that any part of the instruction in health, family life education, OR SEX EDUCATION IS IN CONFLICT WITH HIS/HER CONSCIENCE OR SINCERELY HELD MORAL OR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result.
Our request is very clear. Your school has the legal right (and duty) to decide when, if, and where this material will be taught. We argue that there is no appropriate place whatsoever because the material is harmful to all children!
You have a duty to protect the children and the legal right to decide where this material is placed. Therefore, you have the duty to place it ONLY in health and give the parents the legal right to ask that their child be excused from hearing this material from any teacher that they may trust and look up to.
The “inclusion” referred to in the 2020 New Jersey Learning Standards include: From Comprehensive Health and Physical Education:
All individuals should feel welcome and included regardless of their gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
You must be aware that California has been the front runner of many of the laws and policies that NJ LGBT laws and policy follow.
California schools now recognize pedophilia as a legitimate sexual orientation. Pedophilia is being taught in the classroom because they say, “it is a sexual orientation.” That is according to a top official from California’s Brea Olinda School District, who admitted that this was being taught — and that it would continue, despite the outrage of parents.
On pages 63 and 64 of the NJ Health LS, the terms are in black and white:
Gender Assigned at Birth means the gender that someone was thought to be at birth, typically recorded on their original birth certificate. The gender someone was assigned at birth may or may not match their gender identity.
Gender Expression means a person’s gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned gender at birth. It is the manner in which a person represents or expresses their gender to others, such as through their behavior, clothing, hairstyles, activities, voice or mannerisms.
Gender Identity means a person’s internal, deeply held knowledge of their own gender, regardless of the gender they were assigned at birth. All people have a gender identity, not just transgender people.
Our faith, our God, and Natural Law, teaches that there are only two genders: Male or Female, not a combination.
This material should not be forced into our schools.
• Threatens religious liberty
• Ridicules deeply held principles of faith
• Strips Parental Rights
• Silences First Amendment Rights
• Threatens the purity of the children
In U.S. Supreme Court Case Elrod v. Burns, 427 U.S. 347, 373 (1976) it states: “The loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury.”
I argue that when this indoctrination is taught as fact and forced upon children of faith it is a loss of their First Amendment freedoms and unquestionably constitutes irreversible injury.
- It Forces children to accept teaching that goes 100% against the doctrine of their faith, including Bible believing Christians, Muslims and Jews…
- Forces teachers to compromise and deny their faith, forcing them to either quit their jobs, get fired, or compromise their faith by teaching something THEY KNOW NOT TO BE TRUE.
- Takes money from every NJ Taxpayer to be used to indoctrinate 1.4 million children.
Again let me repeat, our request is very clear. Your school has the legal right (and duty) to decide when, if, and where this material will be taught. We argue that there is no appropriate place whatsoever because the material is harmful to all children!
Please consider placing it only in Heath and give each parent an option to protect their children.
I would like to request a conference call with you and Mr. Sharaby. Please let me know if we can schedule this next week.
I hope and pray that you will consider all of the facts presented in this letter. You will all be held responsible for your decisions and your actions.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Victoria A. Jakelsky
Team PYC – Protect Your Children State Director
NJ Parental Rights State Coordinator