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Senator Jim Holzapfel Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10)
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December 16, 2020
Holzapfel to Vote ‘No’ On Bill to Teach Kindergarteners About Gender and Sexual Identity

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Senator Jim Holzapfel of the 10th Legislative District will vote “no” on bill S-2781 which mandates that public schools incorporate sexual and gender identity into the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade.  The legislation is supported by Democrats under the guise that it will teach diversity and tolerance, however, the Senator believes these topics are being forced upon students to affirm and adopt these lifestyles, regardless of their individual religious beliefs.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel said he will vote ‘no’ on legislation mandating public schools to incorporate sexual and gender identity into the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade. (©iStock)

“This bill has nothing to do with anti-bullying policies but rather imposing a belief system on children who are too young to even understand the complexities of these lifestyles,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “Teaching students about diversity is one thing, but to bring these lessons into a classroom full of 5 and 6 year olds is ridiculous.”

Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have voted against the Assembly version, A-4454, when it was up for a vote in the General Assembly in October.

“The government does not have the right to impose a certain way of life or belief system onto our children, especially kindergarteners,” continued Holzapfel.  “If this was truly about anti-harassment and anti-bullying then the Democrats would consider the opinions and beliefs of the religious communities.”

This legislation was amended to provide that the instruction on diversity and inclusion will be incorporated throughout grades kindergarten through 12.

“Democrats are delusional to believe that forcing this curriculum onto children will have a profound impact and magically end bullying and harassment in schools.  These are very sensitive topics which should be addressed by parents and not schools,” stated Holzapfel.

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