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School Asks Students to Write Letter Convincing Friend Not to Be Gay

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The Courier Journal the parent said her son was “upset” with the assignment.“Her kid is in the class that was given the assignment, and he and her are both uncomfortable with it," Davis told the paper. “She doesn’t know how to handle it.”Students were asked to write an imaginary letter to a “same gender” questioning or gay friend from their church they have known since kindergarten.“The aim of your letter should be to lovingly and compassionately speak truth to the person you’re talking to in a way that does not approve of any sin,” the assignment read. “Instead, TRY TO PERSUADE THEM OF THE GOODNESS OF GOD’S DESIGN for them.”The assignment called for a letter with a minimum of eight sentences using “the Bible, reason, and your personal friendship” to demonstrate how “God's design for them is good, that homosexuality will not bring them satisfaction, that you love them even though you don't approve of their lifestyles.”Kylee Marcy, who graduated from the school in 2002, told The Courier Journal that she was angry about the assignment after finding out about it online.

Marcy said she's reached out to alumni and parents of children at the school. “I would not call this out of character in any way,” Marcy said. “But I was still really disappointed because I’ve been gone 20 years, and I would’ve hoped that in 20 years maybe they would have learned that love is the way to go, as opposed to the fire-and-brimstone hate.

But it doesn’t seem like it to me.” In an emailed statement to the media, Christian Academy of Louisville School System Superintendent Darin Long confirmed and defended the assignment.“This particular assignment, in context, was how a person could discuss homosexuality with a friend from a biblical perspective.

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