Kentucky college kids asked to write letters to imaginary friend ‘struggling with homosexuality’ – The Hill

The story at a glance

  • Last week, middle school students at the Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL) were asked to write a letter to an imaginary friend “struggling with homosexuality” and use lessons from the Bible to “persuade” them that they are not homosexual.

  • The mission was first reported by a member of the gay community in Louisville, Kentucky, who posted screenshots of the assignments on Twitter.

  • CAL Superintendent Darin Long told the Louisville Courier Journal that the school will review the mission, but also believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Last week, junior high school students from a private Christian school in Kentucky were sent home with a mission to write a letter to an imaginary friend “struggling with homosexuality.” Using teachings from the Bible, students were asked to “persuade” their friend in no less than eight sentences that they are not gay.

“The purpose of your letter should be to speak the truth with love and compassion to the person you are speaking to in a way that does not condone any sin,” reads an assignment to children at the Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL) that was first reported by a community member on Twitter.

“Modern Educational Mission at the Christian Academy of Louisville. Intermediate school. Write a letter to your gay friend explaining why it’s wrong. Ashamed,” Louisville, Ky. company owner JP Davis captioned a post with two screenshots of the mission, along with the hashtag “#stopthehate.”

Davis told the Louisville Courier Journal that a close friend whose child attends CAL showed him the homework and was “visibly and understandably upset with the assignment.”

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“She doesn’t know how to go about it. … And her kid is upset,” Davis said. In a series of follow-up tweetsDavis “finished” the assignment himself, writing a letter to his seventh-grade self, who had been afraid to come out as gay.

“I’m sorry you can’t be yourself,” Davis wrote to his younger self. “I’m sorry that adults are teaching that something is wrong with you. Stay strong. You will find out by being yourself and staying strong… things really work for you.

CAL did not respond to Changing America’s request for comment, but Darin Long, the school system superintendent, in an email to the Courier Journal on Friday, said the assignment was given to students enrolled in a class biblical optional.

According to Long, the assignment was part of a study unit dealing with humans and their identity and “in context was how a person could discuss homosexuality with a friend from a biblical perspective with sympathy and love”.

“This hypothetical conversation between friends was intended for our students to review class discussions and their views on the subject,” Long said. “Going forward, we will review this mission to make sure its purpose and language are clear.”

But Long added that the school teaches “with a biblical worldview” and believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

“We believe that God created the marriage covenant to be between a man and a woman (Gen. 1:27, Gen. 2:24). We believe that sex is a good gift from God, to be celebrated within the bounds of the covenant of marriage, agreeing that all other sexual expressions are against God’s purpose. (1 Cor. 6:18, Gal. 5:19),” he said.

Homework reflects a wider national debate over whether topics such as sexual orientation and gender identity should be introduced in school. More than a dozen states have introduced legislation this year aimed at restricting classroom instruction or discussion related to one or another topic.

Published in May. 16, 2022

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