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Kirk Cameron: I Should Be Able To Slander Gays Without Being “Slandered” For Slandering Gays

by David Badash on March 6, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics,Religion

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Kirk Cameron, the radical religious extremist and former teen star of “Growing Pains” met with criticism from, well, everyone, for his anti-gay, homophobic, and remarkably incendiary comments on Friday night’s Piers Morgan Tonight. In a response “almost as old as dirt,” now Cameron has come out swinging, claiming his chosen religious beliefs trump human dignity and the need for civility and respect, and branding as intolerant those who do not tolerate hate speech.

Cameron, who was asked by Morgan his views on same-sex marriage, said homosexuality “is destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” and “unnatural.”

“Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve,” Cameron added. “One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”

Several of Cameron’s former “Growing Pains” co-stars have come out in support of the gay community and voiced their disdain of Cameron’s anti-gay rhetoric, including Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke, who via Twitter wrote, “I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything.”

Joanna Kerns, the Seaver mom on “Growing Pains” has not weighed in but is known to support LGBT equality, as do former “Growing Pains” guest stars Brad Pitt, Leo Dicaprio, and Hillary Swank.

“I should be able to express moral views on social issues,” Kirk Cameron today told ABC News in an exclusive statement today, adding, “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.”

“I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community,” Cameron also told ABC. “That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people.”

Of course, it’s the old, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin,” default statement, which, as Dan Savage likes to point out, is just a kinder version of “God hates fags.”

ABC News adds:

Over the weekend, GLAAD launched a petition called Tell Kirk Cameron It’s Time to Finally Grow Up. It had more than 5,500 signatures this afternoon.

GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick released an email statement to ABCNews.com in response to Cameron’s latest comments: “Saying that gay people are ‘detrimental to civilization’ might be ‘loving’ in Kirk Cameron’s mind, but it’s gay youth and victims of bullying who truly suffer from adults like Cameron who espouse these ideas.”

“Obviously, Cameron has the right to recite his anti-gay talking points,” Graddick added, “just like fair-minded Americans have the right to tell him that his views are harmful and have no place in modern America.”

For the record, no one has tried to silence Cameron, but it is indeed hate speech to call an innocent segment of the population “destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” especially when that is a patently false lie.

In Kirk Cameron’s world, religious zealots are “supposed to” be able to sprout hate speech and be able to chalk it up to “the Bible,” while in the real world, America is quickly recognizing demonization of gay people and hate speech exactly for what they are.

GLAAD has an excellent collection of quotes from celebrities denouncing Kirk Cameron’s attacks and supporting LGBT equality.

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{ 25 comments }

ottomarcos March 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Kirk Cameron is a one-trick pony, with litlle-to-no talent; not to mention an appallingly ignorant and narrow-minded world view he cloaks under the guise of being "a Christian". What a pathetic loser!

bgryphon March 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I agree that his career was a 'flash in the pan'. As such, he is a private citizen free to answer the question he was asked. I am free to decide he's a bigoted fool while respecting his right to prove it.

It is way past time to let this story die and move on to fighting people with real power and means to thwart our progress to freedom.

Waitin4Godot March 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Kirk Cameron is a non-entity. Why even waste the bit rate on this has been? This article would have been better served by using my retired neighbor down the road who used to work for Sears as the subject. Same social/political views with as much weight as Kirk "I used to be someone" Cameron. NOBODY CARES!!!!

David Badash March 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Really? Because right now there are 847 articles in Google News about this, and when you search "Kirk Cameron" Google has "About 3,170,000 results."
Apparently, somebody cares. Just because you don't is no reason to discount this. And frankly, it's no reason to not be a little nicer here.

teedofftaxpayer March 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

If you make negative comments about anyone or any group expect to get an answer. While he is entitled to his opinion, everyone else is also. I don't like people shoving their religion down my throat. Lately it seems to be the favorite past time for the Party of "Compassionate Conservative". If you believe in the Bible, then so be it, but don't pick and choose what suits your needs. If your going to use the Bible as a tool, then follow it TOTALLY. Otherwise shut up about.it.

wyocowboy62 March 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Is he insecure in hos sexuality? I have had straight male friends that wld go out with to dinner or a movie and they had no problem w/ me being gay….my pt is that Cameron must have issues w/ his sexuality…people that scream the loudest have issues

psuedok March 7, 2012 at 4:26 am

Like I stated.. WHO CARES? Who they hell worries about Kirk Cameron? Let him stew in his own bigotry with out the media attention. I never understood why we even care about this no talent hack.
Badge Society LGBT Forum

tat0010 March 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm

What a bunch of Hypocrites.. Stop spreading your LIES!

bgryphon March 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

It would seem your semi-rational discourse in the other relevant thread has drained you. Are you going to revise your post so that it is clear who you are calling "Hypocrites" and provide evidence of the alleged "LIES" or leave this piece of third grade drivel?

tat0010 March 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

That you were born gay? It's a lie and there is no proof. Leading poorchildren to live a unnatural life.S.TODDFrom: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: tat0010@msn.comSubject: bgryphon replied to your comment on Kirk Cameron: I Should Be Able To Slander Gays Without Being “Slandered” For Slandering Gays

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:26 am

WHY I AM AGAINST TODAY'S ORGANIZED RELIGION :

Most common trash street-like preachers of today, like Kirk Cameron,
are ALL the same. They white wash you with a bunch of bull crap on
Sunday morning for an hour or two (mostly sermons about the supposed
horrors of the Gay Community or abortion), then make you feel guilty if
you don't donate 3/4 of your paycheck into the collection basket !!!
NONE OF THEM EVER FORGET TO PROMOTE "DONATING TO THE MINISTRY TODAY"
!!! I am an expert at church agenda; there is a church on EVERY CORNER here
in Chattanooga, TN and 90% of them will drain you dry from
contributions, but will never help a single soul who is in need of
help; refuse to help the disabled and elderly. Can you even imagine
that; how can these vipers sleep at night ??? They will also stand up
in your face and tell you that you are going to hell in a hand basket,
yet they live their lives for Satan, doing everything they want from
drugs to child molestation, Monday through Saturday.

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:28 am

I have a proposition for you : If you can find a verse in the Bible, where JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF says it is wrong to be GAY, I will change and be straight !!!!!

The republican party preys on these ignorant religious zealots and that
is why republican politicians get elected; to spread their evilness on
all of us. This sloth party then does not do anything the religious
righters want when the election is over; saying they cannot do it for
one reason or another. They are simply in politics for the MONEY and
FAME !!!

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:29 am

Take note that the religious right republicans have had the MAJORITY in
government MANY TIMES; yet ABORTION is still the same as it was the day
it became legal !!! Also, the Gay Community wins 99% of every battle
that the self righteous republican religious righters purposely wage
against them (soon there will be ELEVEN (11) states that allow fully
legal GAY MARRIAGE, hate laws have been passed completely protecting
the Gay Community, no more SODOMY LAWS, no DADT,soon no DOMA, gay
military soon to have benefits back and very soon a constitutional
amendment will allow FULL GAY MARRIAGE in ALL 50 STATES ); yet this
sloth party hides their secret support for marriage equality and do
nothing to stop the progress of what they say they are against !!! The
religious righters are disappointed and defeated with every step they
take and the republican leaders that they love, never lend a hand after
they get into office !!!

tat0010 March 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

Yup… this country is going tohell in a handbasket.S.TODDFrom: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: tat0010@msn.comSubject: EdofTennessee replied to your comment on Kirk Cameron: I Should Be Able To Slander Gays Without Being “Slandered” For Slandering Gays

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:29 am

However, a TRUE ( NOT FAKE) Christian does not CONSPIRE AGAINST THEIR
FELLOW AMERICANS, DENY RIGHTS, HATE, HARASS, JUDGE, DEGRADE and DEMEAN
anyone; they do just the opposite !!! They are a bringer of light,
happiness, love, understanding, peace and encourage harmony between all
people of the world.

You can always tell a tree by the fruit it bears and this tree,
preacher Kirk Cameron, is producing negative, nasty, rotten and
disgusting fruits, that sour in our stomachs as we read the rhetoric he
spews

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:30 am

I TELL YOU NOW, there is nothing worse and no one lower than a
so-called-Sunday-only christian religious righter; they are the very
slime found at the bottom of an abandoned septic tank and crawl like a
snake through our world to spread their evilness! upon us all !!!

EdofTennessee

clsycby March 8, 2012 at 6:01 am

S.TODD The answer to your question is right there in your own comment!!!! Were you born straight? Please tell us all just when you CHOSE to be straight!
I could also say, It's a lie and there is no proof…Leading poor children to live a straight life when they were born gay is torture and unnatural!!! WAKE UP!!

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:32 am

WHY I AM AGAINST TODAY'S ORGANIZED RELIGION :

Most common trash street-like preachers of today, like Kirk Cameron,
are ALL the same. They white wash you with a bunch of bull crap on
Sunday morning for an hour or two (mostly sermons about the supposed
horrors of the Gay Community or abortion), then make you feel guilty if
you don't donate 3/4 of your paycheck into the collection basket !!!
NONE OF THEM EVER FORGET TO PROMOTE "DONATING TO THE MINISTRY TODAY"
!!! I am an expert at church agenda; there is a church on EVERY CORNER here
in Chattanooga, TN and 90% of them will drain you dry from
contributions, but will never help a single soul who is in need of
help; refuse to help the disabled and elderly. Can you even imagine
that; how can these vipers sleep at night ??? They will also stand up
in your face and tell you that you are going to hell in a hand basket,
yet they live their lives for Satan, doing everything they want from
drugs to child molestation, Monday through Saturday.

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:33 am

I have a proposition for you : If you can find a verse in the Bible, where JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF says it is wrong to be GAY, I will change and be straight !!!!!

The republican party preys on these ignorant religious zealots and that
is why republican politicians get elected; to spread their evilness on
all of us. This sloth party then does not do anything the religious
righters want when the election is over; saying they cannot do it for
one reason or another. They are simply in politics for the MONEY and
FAME !!!

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

Take note that the religious right republicans have had the MAJORITY in
government MANY TIMES; yet ABORTION is still the same as it was the day
it became legal !!! Also, the Gay Community wins 99% of every battle
that the self righteous republican religious righters purposely wage
against them (soon there will be ELEVEN (11) states that allow fully
legal GAY MARRIAGE, hate laws have been passed completely protecting
the Gay Community, no more SODOMY LAWS, no DADT,soon no DOMA, gay
military soon to have benefits back and very soon a constitutional
amendment will allow FULL GAY MARRIAGE in ALL 50 STATES ); yet this
sloth party hides their secret support for marriage equality and do
nothing to stop the progress of what they say they are against !!! The
religious righters are disappointed and defeated with every step they
take and the republican leaders that they love, never lend a hand after
they get into office !!!

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

However, a TRUE ( NOT FAKE) Christian does not CONSPIRE AGAINST THEIR
FELLOW AMERICANS, DENY RIGHTS, HATE, HARASS, JUDGE, DEGRADE and DEMEAN
anyone; they do just the opposite !!! They are a bringer of light,
happiness, love, understanding, peace and encourage harmony between all
people of the world.

You can always tell a tree by the fruit it bears and this tree,
preacher Kirk Cameron, is producing negative, nasty, rotten and
disgusting fruits, that sour in our stomachs as we read the rhetoric he
spews

EdofTennessee March 10, 2012 at 2:35 am

I TELL YOU NOW, there is nothing worse and no one lower than a
so-called-Sunday-only christian religious righter; they are the very
slime found at the bottom of an abandoned septic tank and crawl like a
snake through our world to spread their evilness! upon us all !!!

EdofTennessee

NamVet67 March 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

Who the fuck is Kirk Cameron?

JohnBNYC March 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Wow wonder where all of his issues with homosexuality came from?

LOrion July 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

From American Psychological Association brief in GOLINSKI vs OPM. .. as facts always trump opinion, sorry Kirk.
See GOLINSKI vs. OPM http://tinyurl.com/7g55hzt

"Relevant AmPsychAssoc brief says: 'In fact, however, the claim that legal recognition of marriage for same–sex couples undermines the institution of marriage and harms their children is inconsistent with the scientific evidence.
That evidence supports the conclusion that homosexuality is a normal expression of human sexuality that is not chosen; that gay and lesbian people form stable, committed relationships that are equivalent to heterosexual relationships in essential respects; and that same-sex couples are no less fit than heterosexual parents to raise children and their children are no less psychologically healthy and well-adjusted than children of opposite sex parents. '

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