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Kentucky’s attorney general and a Christian school have sued the state’s governor — charging that a ban on in-person classroom teaching violates the First Amendment and religious freedom.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Danville Christian Academy claim in the lawsuit filed in federal court Friday that Gov.

Andy Beshear’s executive order to combat the coronavirus has gone too far.

“The governor’s school-closure order prohibits religious organizations from educating children consistent with and according to their faith,” Cameron said in a statement.

“The ability to provide and receive a private religious education is a core part of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment.

The executive order issued by Beshear on Wednesday halts in-person classes from K-12 starting Monday.

The governor says all middle and high schools should remain closed until January, but that some elementary schools may reopen if they’re not in a red zone.

The governor also ordered restaurants and bars to shut down until Dec.13.

Cameron slammed the governor as being “inconsistent” when it comes to keeping Kentuckians safe.

“If it is safe for individuals to gather in venues, shop in stores and work in office environments, why is it unsafe for Kentucky schools to continue in-person operations while applying the same safety protocols?” Cameron said in the statement.

“The Governor’s orders are arbitrary and inconsistent when it comes to school closures in Kentucky.”

The suit, obtained by the Louisville Courier-Journal, says Danville Christian Academy learned a teacher and three students tested positive for COVID-19 in early November.

The school closed down for 10 days, and had just started bringing kids back for in-person classes, the suit said.

The school is worried it “will be unable to provide the in-person group experiences central to developing Christ-like scholars, leaders, and servants who will advance the Kingdom of God,” court papers state.

Beshear said the main goal is to flatten the spike in COVID-19 cases.

“The attorney general should stop playing politics and instead help Kentuckians understand what it takes to defeat this virus,” a spokeswoman for Beshear told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The governor also announced Friday that Kentucky saw 3,825 cases in one day — a new daily high.

The U.S. has seen more than 254,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Kentucky family farm burns down in ‘awful fire but all people and animals escaped with no injuries’

JENNIFER Lawrence’s family farm in Kentucky was charred by a “horrible fire” late Friday night but fortunately, every person along with all of the animals escaped with no injury. 

One of the barns on the property completely burned down as the family says they are “mourning the loss of years of hard work and memories” that occurred behind those walls.

13Jennifer Lawrence's family farm burnt down in a 'horrible fire' Credit: Facebook 13The large blaze took 'over an hour' to put out with 'over 30 firefighters' Credit: Facebook 13Jennifer has not yet publicly commented on her family's farmCredit: The Mega Agency

The Oscar winner’s parents and brother, Blaine, run Camp Hi-Ho which offers fishing, swimming, paddle boating, horseback riding, archery and crafts for children and teens.

On the Camp Hi-Ho Facebook page and in a memo sent out to members, the Summer getaway announced the devastation from the large blaze. 

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm the news that we lost our barn last night in a horrible fire,” the statement began. 

It continued: “We are deeply thankful that no people or animals were hurt, but we are still mourning the loss of years of hard work and memories that occurred in these walls. 

13Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the fire Credit: Facebook 13Eye-witnesses captured footage from afar of the devastating fire Credit: Facebook

“Words cannot describe the pain we are in, but we are so incredibly grateful for the Simpsonville Fire Department and all the other fire fighters who responded to our emergency. You are true heroes. 

“We are also so grateful for the countless members of our community who have reached out to support us during this time.”

The message then thanked everyone for the “love, kindness and support” they have shown.

“We know Camp Hi-Ho is a special place to so many, and we plan to rebuild and repair so that we can move forward with a safe and joyful camp experience this summer,” the message concluded. 

13Jennifer Lawrence has been pictured at the camp since her global fame 13The inside of the now-burnt barn housed multiple activities for kids Credit: Facebook 13The main barn burnt down completely Credit: Facebook 13Camp Hi-Ho was ravaged by a 'horrible fire' late Friday night Credit: Facebook

Local reports stated that the Simpsonville Fire Department was called to the farm around 9PM and teams from multiple counties rushed to the scene. 

Between 30 firefighters and six trucks, the fire took over an hour to put out, according to nearby news station WLKY.

The Simpsonville Fire and Rescue team along with the Kentucky State Fire Marshall are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. 

Jennifer’s brother, Blaine Lawrence - who owns and operates the camp - told TMZ that the burnt down barn was also his personal office and a guest apartment frequently used. 

13JLaw's brother, Blaine, owns and runs the Summer camp Credit: Facebook 13The Summer camp offers outdoor activities for children and teens Credit: Facebook

The barn also was equipped with the stalls for their horses, the indoor riding area for kids, an indoor rock wall, a native wildlife center, an arts and crafts pavilion, a garage with farm equipment, a brand new nurse station and more - which is now all gone. 

Blaine asked members of the community for donations to fundraise money to pay for the devastation caused. 

He also requested families sign up for camp despite the damage and promised he’ll do “whatever is in his power to make the place like new.”

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Though his sister, Jennifer, has skyrocketed to fame in recent years, she has been spotted multiple times at the camp in recent years. 

In one group shot with some staffers and campers, JLaw posed near an outdoor playground years after starring in her first blockbuster, The Hunger Games. 

The Silver Linings Playbook actress has not yet commented on her family farm’s fire. 

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