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Christian Academy of Louisville #fundie #homophobia onlysky.media

The Christian Academy of Louisville in Kentucky told students to write letters urging a fictional gay friend to renounce homosexuality. The assignment, which was due on Thursday, came to light after a parent of one of the students shared screenshots of the rubric with a friend, who then posted them online.

The 20-point assignment was apparently part of a elective “Christian Worldview” class for middle school students. It tells kids to imagine someone they’ve known since kindergarten and who attends their church who is “struggling with homosexuality.” Students are told to write a letter to that fictional friend explaining how “God’s design for them is good,” how “homosexuality will not bring them satisfaction,” and that “you love them even though you don’t approve of their lifestyle.”

They are explicitly told not to “approve of any sin.”

An “excellent” score is given to kids who quote from Scripture, communicate “truth lovingly,” and have a “logical argument to persuade.”

Which is to say: Students get top marks if their letter is theoretically convincing enough to turn a gay person straight… even though that’s not how it works in reality.

Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) #wingnut #crackpot onlysky.media

During what appeared to be a throwaway line in a formal speech this week, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice downplayed climate change, suggesting God would magically fix everything.

The Republican governor made the remarks on Monday during what was called a “Covid-19 Press Briefing.” But after just a few minutes discussing the virus, Justice began talking about the importance of fossil fuels, especially in the wake of the Russian attack on Ukraine… then, as a retort against anyone who might say he’s ignoring the climate crisis, Justice said there was nothing to fear.

“I absolutely stand rock-solid for all the alternative energies. But I believe that it is absolutely frivolous to think that, today, we can do in this country or this world without fossil fuels. And if we believe that, we’re going to have just what the hand is dealt to us right now. We’re gonna have chaos. We’re gonna have real problems.

I do also believe this: I believe, and my belief [is] as strong as it may be or can be, you know, for God. I believe with all in me, that we’ll have time and He will give us time as we go forward.

If there is such a thing—and I underline if—if there is such a thing as climate change, I believe that He will give us time, and the smart people will fix it.

But today, today energy is being used as a weapon. This country, hands down, needs to be totally energy independent. It is a crying, pitiful shame to see what has happened under the Biden administration in trying to absolutely cripple us. We have become weak, have we not?
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Maybe there’ll be a time 20 years, 30 years from today. Maybe there’ll be a time when we truly, truly can resolve our energy situation with alternative energies that are cleaner. But you know what I’d say to you? We’ve got to live here too, and God wants us to prosper and move forward right here, right now. Absolutely, we have to live here, too. He’s given us the smarts to be able to solve problems as we go forward, and we do solve problems. But with all of that, if you think we can do without fossil fuels today, you’re living a dream. That’s all there is to it. You’re living an absolute dream.”