A homework assignment requiring middle school students at a private school in Kentucky to write a letter disapproving of their lifestyle to a hypothetical “homosexual friend” has sparked outrage.
According to screenshots shared on Twitter by JP Davis, the assignment asked students at the Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL) to write a letter to a friend who is “struggling with homosexuality.”
Students were told to use the letter to convince their friend that “God’s design for them is good,” that homosexuality “will not bring them satisfaction,” and that “you love them even though you don’t approve of their lifestyle.”
“Assume you’ve known this friend since kindergarten, that you attend the same church, and that you’ve been pretty good friends up until now,” the instructions say. “This friend is your age.” The goal of your letter should be to speak truth to the person you’re writing to in a loving and compassionate manner that does not condone any sin. TRY TO PERSUADE THEM OF THE BENEFITS OF GOD’S DESIGN FOR THEM.”
Davis’ tweet sparked outrage, with Kimi Moore responding, “This makes me livid.” My children went to this school, and believe me, I had numerous issues with the administration while they were there.”
“My heart breaks for the LBGTQ students targeted by this assignment who had to deny their own right to exist for a grade,” another Twitter user wrote.
Davis told The Courier Journal that he was shown the assignment by a close friend who has a child at CAL and was “visibly and understandably upset” about it.
“She doesn’t know what to do….” “And her child is upset,” he added.
Davis, who admitted to hiding his homosexuality for the first 23 years of his life, added, “The statistics speak for themselves on suicide among LGBTQ+ people, and these are seventh-graders who are subjected to hate and division, and it’s not necessary.” I understand it’s a Christian school, but that’s not my faith. That does not reflect my values. And, if they want to make that argument, Jesus did not represent that. Jesus did not go around asking people to pass judgment and tell others how they were wrong and shameful.”
The Christian Academy School System is a Christian-based private school system with over 3,000 students and campuses in Kentucky and Indiana.
Superintendent Darin Long confirmed that the assignment was given to students in a Bible elective class in the middle school.
The assignment was “part of a unit of study that discusses ‘What are humans and where do they find their identity?'” Long told Newsweek in a statement.
“In this case, the assignment was to discuss homosexuality with a friend from a biblical perspective while remaining compassionate and loving. Our students used this fictitious friend conversation to go over the class discussions and their perspectives on the subject. We will revisit this assignment in the future to ensure that its purpose and language are clear.”
“We believe that all individuals are created in the image of God and therefore should be treated with compassion, respect, dignity, and love at all times, even in disagreement,” Long said of the school teachers.