Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kirk Cameron's Anti-Gay Comments Draw Criticism, Praise

As discussed in an earlier post, Kirk Cameron called homosexuality “unnatural” and “detrimental” to civilization during a March 2nd interview on Piers Morgan Tonight. Cameron’s anti-gay comments have created an uproar, earning him condemnation from pro-LGBT voices.

Cameron stands by his statements. ABC News reports that in an e-mail statement, Cameron said that he should be able to talk about his moral views in the public square.
"... especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years — without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.”
Cameron added that it is his "life's mission to love all people" and that people should be able to debate matters with "greater love and respect."

That’s rich, Kirk. The man who called homosexuality “destructive” to the foundations of civilization is calling for “love and respect.” To boot, he called the understandable anger coming from the LGBT community and its allies as a demand to “bend” his beliefs “to their moral standard.” I’m sorry, but I don’t see how homophobia is compatible with loving all people.

Some public figures have defended Cameron, including actor Stephen Baldwin who tweeted "GREAT JOB Kirk!" at his Twitter account, according to the Advocate. Several right-wing commentators, including the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, defended Cameron, as documented at Right Wing Watch. For example, during a recent edition of Focal Point, Fischer praised Cameron for standing his ground, ridiculing Piers Morgan as an "anti-Christian, anti-morality bigot."

Think Progress reports that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on the March 5th edition of Piers Morgan Tonight, where she said that Cameron is “getting trashed right now.” Not surprisingly, she claimed that people who “stand on sincerely held religious beliefs” have been demonized.
“I would like to see the lack of demonization for those of us who stand on sincerely held religious beliefs. It’s overtime. That’s where you see the demonization of people who stand on their beliefs.”
Other celebrities think otherwise. Tracy Gold, a fellow Growing Pains alumna, posted a message on Twitter celebrating LGBT equality according to the Baltimore Sun. ABC News reports that another Growing Pains co-star, Alan Thicke, tweeted that he would get Cameron some new books because "The Old Testament simply can't be expected to explain everything."

The Advocate reports that two Roseanne actresses publicly condemned Cameron's words. On the March 6th edition of CBS's The Talk, former Roseanne actress Sara Gilbert worried that Cameron's remarks could have a detrimental impact on LGBT youth. Gilbert said that Cameron needs to think about LGBT youth suicide rates and "who you are hurting." Also, former Roseanne star Roseanne Barr went on Twitter and accused Cameron of being "an accomplice to murder with his hate speech. so is Rick Warren. Their peers r killing gays in Uganda."

Many thanks to those who have called out Cameron's anti-gay comments and who continue the struggle for LGBT equality. While people such as Cameron have the right to speak freely in the public square, we also have the right to promote equality.


  1. We have stricter hate speech laws here, so I'm not sure Camreon would get away with spilling his bile in a public square here. Regardless, he remains disgusting.

  2. I feel bad for him...as bad as I do for racists who rant and whine about how they're being persecuted for defending their "deeply held beliefs" and "traditional ways of life". He's a bigot and he just can't accept that his form of bigotry is becoming socially unacceptable even though he uses the Bible as a defense (another thing many racists also do).

  3. Love Alan Thicke's comment. It baffles me how people like Cameron can denigrate an entire sector of society, then claim martyrdom when people object.

  4. I find Kirk Cameron's fundamentalist Christianity unnatural and destructive to civilization. Can we enact legislation to stop him (and others like him) from getting married and having children? It seems only fair.

    I'm tired of being demonized for taking a moral stand against fundamentalist Christians who insist on shoving their absurd racist/sexist/homophobic beliefs down everyone else's throats. I refuse to bend my moral beliefs to conform with their immoral judgmentalism and willful lack of knowledge and intelligence.

  5. Knatolee -- I didn't know that. I'm really out of the loop on the Canadian Religious Right and what they can and can't say.

    Buffy -- I have a feeling that anti-gay voices will grow louder as homophobia becomes more and more unacceptable. We'll be there to condemn their anti-gay words.

    Donna -- The hypocrisy and victim mindset is stunning.

    Cognitive Dissenter -- Heh heh. When we turn their rhetoric against them, they get so mad!

  6. I agree with Kirk Cameron 100% and no he shouldn't apologize. I believe we are adults and need to stop the offended crap. Not everyone in this world has to agree with homosexuality. Just because someone disagrees doesn't mean that they hate homosexuals. The person and the act are two different things.


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