A Kentucky middle school asked kids in a homework assignment to discourage an imaginary friend from being gay
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Homework from the Christian Academy of Louisville in Kentucky urged kids to discourage their friends from being gay.
Children had to write a letter to an imaginary gay friend expressing that "homosexuality will bring them no satisfaction".
The school told The Courier-Journal that the task was given to students in a Bible class.
Middle school students at the Christian Academy of Louisville in Kentucky were given a homework assignment instructing them to tell an imaginary friend that "homosexuality will bring them no satisfaction".
A social media user posted pictures of the task on Twitter on Friday, which asks students to write a letter to a gay friend.
"Suppose you've known this friend since kindergarten, go to the same church, and have been pretty good friends over the years," reads one of the pictures accompanying the assignment. “The goal of your letter should be to lovingly and compassionately tell the truth to the person you are speaking to in a way that does not condone sin. instead, TRY TO CONVINCE THEM OF THE GOODNESS OF GOD'S DESIGN for them.”
According to the pictures, the order was due on Thursday.
JP Davis, the social media user who posted the images, told The Courier-Journal that a friend with a child who attends the Christian Academy of Louisville showed him the task. His friend was "visibly and understandably upset about the assignment," Davis said.
"Your child is in the class that was given the assignment and he and she are both uncomfortable," he said. "She doesn't know how to deal with it. ... And her child is upset.”
The Christian Academy of Louisville school system did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. But in a statement to The Courier-Journal, Superintendent Darin Long said the assignment was given in a Bible class.
It was "part of a unit of study that asks, 'What are people and where is their identity?'" Long said.
Long added that the commission was intended to be an example of "how a person can discuss homosexuality with compassion and love with a friend from a biblical perspective."
"This hypothetical conversation with friends was intended for our students to review class discussions and their perspectives on the topic," Long said, according to The Courier-Journal. "In the future, we will review this order to ensure purpose and language are clear."
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