Louisville Christian school’s assignment on homosexuality causes stir on social media

A Christian school in Louisville is facing backlash on social media after screenshots of an assignment centered around homosexuality were leaked. On Friday, a man named JP Davis shared screenshots of the assignment on various social media platforms, and WLKY then confirmed that the assignment, which instructs students to persuade a gay friend to reject homosexuality, was recently given out by the Christian Academy of Louisville. The instructions:”In at least 8 sentences, try to show the friend from the Bible, reason, and your personal friendship: that 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.” JP Davis, the man who posted the assignment, said his friend sent it to him. “Their child is in this class at CAL and I’m one of the few out gay men that she knows and so understandably so she calls me and says what do I do, I don’t agree with this,” Davis said. “It’s just disappointing because I don’t think we should tolerate those kinds of teachings. I know it’s a private school, I know it’s a Christian school. My Christian faith is about love and not hate. I’ve received dozens of messages from alumni of CAL thanking me and telling me their stories of trauma. Some of them are really emotionally upsetting.”Read the full assignment here:In the first several hours, the tweet received hundreds of responses.Following the post, WLKY reached out to the Christian Academy of Louisville, and this statement was sent:”We have been made aware that a student assignment from one of our middle school bible elective classes has been posted on social media. The assignment is part of a unit of study which discusses ‘What are humans and where is their identity’. This particular assignment, in context, was how a person could discuss homosexuality with a friend from a biblical perspective with compassion and love. This hypothetical friend conversation was for our students to review the class discussions and their perspectives on the subject. Moving forward, we will review this assignment to ensure there is clarity in its purpose and language.”Christian Academy of Louisville is a Christian-based private school system that partners with families that desire a Christ-centered educational environment. We teach all content with a biblical worldview which is defined in our Statement of Faith and Theological Documents which are provided at the time of student applications, during family interviews, and in our school and parent partnership agreements.”We believe that God created the marriage covenant to be between one man and one woman (Gen. 1:27, Gen. 2:24). We believe that sex is a good gift of God, to be celebrated within the confines of the marriage covenant, agreeing that all other sexual expressions go against God’s design. (1 Cor. 6:18, Gal. 5:19)”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.”Darin A. Long, Ed.S., Superintendent, Christian Academy of Louisville School SystemWLKY spoke with the Fairness Campaign executive director Chris Hartman, who said, “It’s shocking and appalling but it’s not surprising. This is the type of assignment I would expect in this day and age from a school that is promoting an arch-conservative religious doctrine that discriminates against LGBTQ people.” “This is just a precursor to what we’re going to start seeing come out of Charter schools that the KY general assembly just funded Tax payer dollars will be paying for assignments like these that promote outright discrimination that seek to turn kids into conversion therapists against other kids which we know is what increases the incidence of suicide amongst LGBTQ kids, depression, self-harm, isol ation. All of this is a shame and shame on Christian Academy of Louisville for making the assignment for students and then standing by it in the midst of the community outrage.” Davis said he wishes things were different. “At the end of the day, everybody wants to belong and I don’t know why we can’t all just agree to that and I think can be a Christian school without teaching hate,” Davis said. This story may be updated.

A Christian school in Louisville is facing backlash on social media after screenshots of an assignment centered around homosexuality were leaked.

On Friday, a man named JP Davis shared screenshots of the assignment on various social media platforms, and WLKY then confirmed that the assignment, which instructs students to persuade a gay friend to reject homosexuality, was recently given out by the Christian Academy of Louisville.

Theinstructions:

“In at least 8 sentences, try to show the friend from the Bible, reason, and your personal friendship: that 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.”

JP Davis, the man who posted the assignment, said his friend sent it to him.

“Their child is in this class at CAL and I’m one of the few out gay men that she knows and so understandably so she calls me and says what do I do, I don’t agree with this,” Davis said. “It’s just disappointing because I don’t think we should tolerate those kinds of teachings. I know it’s a private school, I know it’s a Christian school. My Christian faith is about love and not hate. I’ve received dozens of messages from alumni of CAL thanking me and telling me their stories of trauma. Some of them are really emotionally upsetting.”

Read the full assignment here:

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In the first several hours, the tweet received hundreds of responses.

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Following the post, WLKY reached out to the Christian Academy of Louisville, and this statement was sent:

“We have been made aware that a student assignment from one of our middle school bible elective classes has been posted on social media. The assignment is part of a unit of study which discusses ‘What are humans and where is their identity’. This particular assignment, in context, was how a person could discuss homosexuality with a friend from a biblical perspective with compassion and love.This hypothetical friend conversation was for our students to review the class discussions and their perspectives on the subject.Moving forward, we will review this assignment to ensure there is clarity in its purpose and language.

“Christian Academy of Louisville is a Christian-based private school system that partners with families that desire a Christ-centered educational environment. We teach all content with a biblical worldview which is defined in our Statement of Faith and Theological Documents which are provided at the time of student applications, during family interviews, and in our school and parent partnership agreements.

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

“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.”

Darin A. Long, Ed.S., Superintendent, Christian Academy of Louisville School System

WLKY spoke with the Fairness Campaign executive director Chris Hartman, who said, “It’s shocking and appalling but it’s not surprising. This is the type of assignment I would expect in this day and age from a school that is promoting an arch-conservative religious doctrine that discriminates against LGBTQ people.”

“This is just a precursor to what we’re going to start seeing come out of Charter schools that the KY general assembly just funded. Tax payer dollars will be paying for assignments like these that promote outright discrimination that seek to turn kids into conversion therapists against other kids which we know is what increases the incidence of suicide amongst LGBTQ kids, depression, self-harm, isolation.All of this is a shame and shame on Christian Academy of Louisville for making the assignment for students and then standing by it in the midst of the community outrage.”

Davis said he wishes things were different.

“At the end of the day, everybody wants to belong and I don’t know why we can’t all just agree to that and I think can be a Christian school without teaching hate,” Davis said.

This story may be updated.

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