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Bullying Victim Kirk Cameron: I Love Gay People, I Blame Piers Morgan

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Kirk Cameron today appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and “Fox and Friends” and tried once again to twist his ruinous CNN Piers Morgan Tonight interview that landed him in hot water after he attacked gay people and same-sex marriage. Now, as you can hear in the video below, Cameron claims he too is a victim of bullying — though what kind he did not state — and says he loves everyone, hates no one, and blames host Piers Morgan for throwing him a curve ball and under the bus.

“I love all people, I hate no one,” Cameron told Ann Curry. “And, when you take a subject and reduce it to something like a four-second soundbite and a check mark on a ballot, I think that that’s inappropriate and insensitive. The truth is, these are issues that are very personal.”

“When things get edited down to that, it certainly didn’t reflect my full heart on the matter.”

“Nobody should mistreat anybody. We all have our convictions formed by different things and mine are informed by my faith. They’re formed by the word of God, and I found that to be an anchor for me, a compass and a guide for me. When people start bullying one another and calling each other names for those different convictions, then I think you get into problems.”

For the record, Cameron’s comments — which he doubled down on over the past few weeks — were not “a four-second soundbite.” He spoke for several minutes on the subjects of homosexuality, and same-sex marriage, and he has before, so this was nothing especially new, although the extreme vitriol he spewed was.

Two weeks ago, Cameron told Piers Morgan that homosexuality “is destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” and added it is “destructive” and “unnatural.”

“Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve,” Cameron told Morgan. “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.”

Days later, Cameron came 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:

“I should be able to express moral views on social issues,” Kirk Cameron told ABC News in an exclusive statement on March 6, 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.”

Today was different, as Cameron both re-ignited the issue by appearing on the Today Show, and by spinning his previous statements.

Fortunately, in “Today Show Fails on Kirk Cameron Interview,” GLAAD is having none of it, and blames the Today Show for its failure to hold Cameron’s feet to the fire:

“If gay people should not be mistreated – how did you treat them when you called them ‘unnatural?’

That should have been the next question from the Today Show’s Ann Curry when Cameron told her “Nobody should mistreat anybody. Homosexuals should not be mistreated.”

“What about the millions and millions of devout Christians who support LGBT people?”

That should have been the next question from Curry when Cameron told her “We all have our convictions formed by different things, and mine are informed by my faith.”

 “In what context is calling someone destructive to civilization considered loving?”

That should have been the next question from Curry, when Kirk Cameron told her “I love all people, I hate no one.”

Calling a group of people “destructive to society” is a very strong statement, and not one that can easily be taken out of context. And Piers Morgan, who did the interview in which Cameron made these statements, pointed out that they were not taken out of context at all.

GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick said:

“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.

“Cameron used his platform on CNN to attack gay Americans and is now attempting to play victim in an effort to sell his upcoming movie. That Cameron would risk the health and safety of young people in order to do so speaks for itself.

Cameron also appeared on Fox news today, and placed the blame on Piers Morgan. The Huffington Post reports that Morgan was not having it:

Piers Morgan shot back at Kirk Cameron on Tuesday, after the actor alleged that he was blindsided by the CNN host when he made controversial comments against homosexuality.

In his appearance on Tuesday’s “Fox and Friends,” Cameron stood by his remarks and accused Morgan of portraying him unfairly.

Morgan tweeted a series of responses to the allegations on Tuesday morning.

He hit back at the actor for “moaning” and “whining.” He told his followers to judge what happened for themselves, repeating Cameron’s original comments on homosexuality and pointing out that Cameron just defended them again.

 

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REPUBLICANS ARE ANTI-SCIENCE

Watch: Anti-Science GOP Senator Urges Interior Nominee to Delete Tweet Saying ‘Republicans Don’t Believe in Science’

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During the 2020 vice presidential debate U.S. Congresswoman Deb Haaland responded to remarks Mike Pence made, tweeting: “They deleted the word science from their website.” She appears to have been referring to one of the first acts the Environmental Protection Agency, under newly-sworn-in President Donald Trump, took: scrubbing part of the EPA’s website of the word “science.”

Columbia University’s Law Schools’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law reported:

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which develops clean water standards for states, removed references to “science” from a website describing its mission. A statement that the OSTP develops “science-based” standards to address water pollution was changed to indicate that the office develops “economically and technologically achievable standards.”

The following year, in 2018, Scientific American reported further erosion of adherence to science in the Trump administration:

Thousands of webpages with climate change information have been removed or buried at agencies including U.S. EPA, the Interior and Energy departments and elsewhere across the government, according to a new report.

During that VP debate, Rep. Haaland, a Democrat of New Mexico, who happens to be Native American, posted these two tweets:

She was not wrong.

She also did not know that four months later she would be sitting in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as President Biden’s nominee to be Secretary of the Interior, and be asked to delete her tweet by a Republican Senator – who does not believe in science.

Meet U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana.

Daines is anti-LGBT:

He is pro-coal and fossil fuels and doesn’t believe in green energy or that climate change is real:

Daines, according to a local Montana news report, is the “most conservative U.S. House member in Montana history.”

Another local Montana news outlet asked why Sen. Daines is “Supporting the Anti-Science, Anti-Public Health Turning Point USA?” TPUSA is a far right wing organization very closely tied to both President Donald Trump and his son, Don Jr. It former communications director once suggested the only problem with Adolph Hitler was he was globalist.

Senator Daines is so anti-science he believes in creationism – or at least thinks it should be taught in science classes.

“What the schools should teach is, as it relates to biology and science is that they have, um, there’s evolution theory, there’s creation theory, and so forth. I think we should teach students to think critically, and teach students that there are evolutionary theories, there’s intelligent-design theories, and allow the students to make up their minds,” he said, as Mother Jones reported.

He’s also anti-abortion and supports an anti-LGBT hate group:

The fact that Daines has a degree in chemical engineering does not mean he believes in science. And if he does, he hides it very well, as his record shows.

Here’s Sen. Daines asking Congresswoman Haaland to delete her tweet, seemingly as a prerequisite to getting approved to become Interior Secretary.

 

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Large Increase in Americans Who Now Identify as LGBTQ – Especially Among Gen Z – But Few Republicans

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Over the past three years, a very short time period, there has been a large increase in the number of Americans who identify as LGBTQ, or any designation other than heterosexual.

According to a just-published report from Gallup, 5.6 percent of Americans identify as LGBT, or non-heterosexual, up from 4.5 percent in 2017. The report covers all of 2020. (Note: Gallup uses the term “LGBT,” a far narrower construct than many Americans observe today. These numbers reflect that specific designation.)

Among Generation Z, which Gallup defines as those 18-23, nearly 16 percent – about one in six – identify as LGBT. That’s almost three times the national average.

About one in eleven Millennials (those born between 1981-1996) or 9.1 percent, say they identify as LGBT.

Gallup also reports more than half of LGBT Americans (54.6%) identify as bisexual. That’s 3.1 percent of the total U.S. adult population.

One in four (24.5%) of LGBT Americans say they are gay, 11.7 percent lesbian, and 11.3% transgender. 3.3 percent “volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving.”

There is also a political component to the study.

13 percent of liberals, but just 2.3 percent of conservatives say they are LGBT. In stricter party terms, “8.8% of Democrats, 6.5% of independents and 1.7% of Republicans identifying as LGBT.”

In related news, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican of Maine who just last June was the only GOP co-sponsor of the LGBTQ Equality Act, has refused to demonstrate similar leadership this year, when she could cast the deciding vote. President Joe Biden has committed to signing the legislation into law.

 

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Anti-LGBTQ Religious-Right Christian Nationalist Home-School Activist and Anti-Masker Launches Congressional Bid

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Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a run for U.S. Congress Sunday in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler became a target of supporters of former President Donald Trump after voting for his impeachment in January and revealing damning details about a phone call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that took place during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

A week prior to the launch of her congressional bid, St. John took to Facebook to post, “Trump now knows who his enemies are in the REPUBLICAN party. And so do we. Silver lining of the shampeachment.  The RINOS need to GO!!  #acquitted.”

St. John calls herself “The Busy Mom” on Facebook, hosts a daily “Off the Bench” podcast, publishes a blog, and runs a ministry for mothers that promotes her book “Becoming Mom Strong.” She is an ally of Alliance Defending Freedom President Michael Farris and has spoken at the church of religious-right activist pastor Jack Hibbs in California. Rick Green, host of the “WallBuilders Live!” radio program, was a recent guest on her podcast, which she said gets about a million downloads per month.

St. John urges parents to pull their children out of public schools, which she refers to as “government indoctrination centers” that promote “garbage sexual ideologies” and a “weird era of transgenderism.” She said on a recent podcast that gender confirmation surgery should be illegal and that doctors who perform it are “criminals.”

St. John charges that the COVID-19 coronavirus was “weaponized” to create fear by the media and Democrats who saw the virus as an opportunity to hurt Trump’s reelection chances. She urges people not to be mask-wearing “sheep” and to take off their masks. In a Jan. 18 video, she said that Christians’ job is to proclaim truth, adding, “That’s why I don’t do the mask. It’s B.S. of the highest order.”

In a Jan. 9 Facebook video, she declared, “This nation is a Christian nation” while denouncing people who criticized Trump’s religious-right supporters as Christian nationalists or as being part of a Trump-worshiping cult. She said the idea that Trump incited the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol was “a lie that the left is pushing.” She also said that “social justice is a lie from the pit of hell.”

Before Inauguration Day, St. John appeared to be hoping for a miracle that would keep Trump in power. A Jan. 12 Facebook post read, “’It’s all over’? Then along came David with his sling shot. God decides when it’s over.”

In an Inauguration Day blog post she wrote, “My heart is breaking for our Republic today. I know many of you are grieving with me. I am still in disbelief that the left pulled off the greatest vote heist in American history.”

St. John appeared on Wisconsin pastor David Fiorazo’s “Stand Up for the  Truth” podcast on Feb. 4, where she said, “I’m hoping that in 2022 there’s a red wave in this country like we’ve never seen, and not just a red wave—a Christian red wave.”

 

This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is re-published here by permission.
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