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A Kentucky middle school asked kids as part of an assignment to talk an imaginary friend out of being gay


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  • Homework at the Christian Academy of Louisville in Kentucky told children to discourage their friends from being gay.

  • The children had to write a letter to an imaginary homosexual friend expressing that “homosexuality will not bring them satisfaction”.

  • The school told the Courier-Journal that the assignment was given to students in a Bible course.

Middle school students at Christian Academy in Louisville, Ky., were given an assignment that asked them to tell an imaginary friend that “homosexuality will bring them no satisfaction.”

On Friday, a social media user tweeted photos of the assignment, which asks students to write a letter to a gay friend.

“Let’s say you’ve known this friend since kindergarten, go to the same church, and have been really good friends over the years so far,” reads one of the photos with the assignment instructions. “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. Instead, try to persuade them of the goodness of God’s purpose for them.”

The mission was due Thursday, according to the photos.

JP Davis, the social media user who posted the photos, told the Courier-Journal that a friend with a child who attends Christian Academy in Louisville showed him the mission. His friend was “visibly and understandably upset about the mission,” Davis said.

“Her child is in the class that received the assignment, and he and she are both uncomfortable,” he said. “She doesn’t know how to handle it. …And her child is upset.”

The Christian Academy of Louisville School System did not immediately return 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 study unit that discusses ‘What are humans and where is their identity?'” Long said.

Long added that the mission was meant to be an example of “how a person can discuss homosexuality with a friend from a biblical perspective with compassion and love.”

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

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