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Christian pastor warns that Duolingo has been “infiltrated” by gay people

Danil Kutsar
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Danil Kutsar of the Sure Foundation Baptist Church in Spokane, Washington is warning his flock that “homosexuals” have taken over another beloved cultural institution: the language-learning app Duolingo.

“Duolingo has been infiltrated by, by homosexuals!” Kutsar said in a sermon. “They teach, you know, uh… The worst thing that I saw, they teach a few… ‘His husband,’ you know, and stuff like that, you know.”

“The good thing is that whenever I see something that’s fa***try, I kinda report ’em like this is, this is wrong, this is incorrect, you know I tell ’em that this is not right,” he said, likely referring to a feature in the app that allows users to report grammar and spelling errors.

An avid Duolingo user, Kutsar noted that “every language is different” but that “Duolingo, it has been infiltrated by fa***ts, so you gotta be careful. I’m sure that every game out there has been fa***t-ized, you know? Ha ha ha. I’m sure every game out there, they have put fa***ts in there, they put whores in there, they put drugs and murder, and that stuff is not gonna help you.”

Since Duolingo is an app that helps people learn languages and languages are used by all people, including LGBTQ+ people, it’s not surprising that some of the practice sentences would include expressions like “his husband” since that’s something someone learning a language might need to say one day. The app also teaches LGBTQ+ vocabulary like “gay.”

The Sure Foundation Baptist Church is part of the wildly anti-LGBTQ+ New Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement (New IFB). Pastors at his church and others like it regularly use anti-LGBTQ+ slurs, call for violence against LGBTQ+ people, and espouse regressive views of women as well.

Last year, Kutsar said in a sermon that he hopes “every homosexual dies.”

“That’s why a lot of homosexuals, they’re reprobates, they hate themselves, they kill themselves,” Kutsar said. “Why? Because they hate their lives because they rejected God, they know that God rejected them, they know there’s no hope, they know they’re wicked, and they might even hate their lives.”

“And that’s why they commit suicide, which is great. I hope every single homosexual dies.”

One week later, Kutsar noted that that clip of his sermon was getting attention on social media, so he doubled down.

“I take back nothing, you know,” he said. “I agree, I still agree, I hope every sodomite dies. I hope every homosexual dies. I hope every fa***t dies.”

Aaron Thompson, another preacher at the same church, explained last year why he used so many slurs: The word “fa***t” sounds nice to him, and he doesn’t believe his target audience will understand fancy words like “sodomite.”

“And so what the inspired word is in this book is the right word, we shouldn’t be ashamed of it,” he said before defending a word that isn’t in the Bible.

“You’re like, ‘Well what about fa***t, you say fa***t, you say fa***t,’” he said. “It’s like yeah but when you say sodomite, most of the time people don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s not like everyone else there outside reads the Bible. It’s not like a real popular word.”

“You can say homosexual, but it doesn’t have the negative connotation that it should have,” he complained. “Because the negative connotation that it should have is that they’re a bunch of freaks and that God pronounces the death penalty upon them in Leviticus 20:13.”

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