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 “almostÂ 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, saidÂ homosexuality â€œis destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,â€ and â€œunnatural.â€
â€œMarriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve,â€ Cameron added. â€œOne man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I donâ€™t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I donâ€™t.â€
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 andÂ Alan Thicke, who via Twitter wrote,Â â€œIâ€™m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply canâ€™t be expected to explain everything.â€
Joanna Kerns, the Seaver mom on “Growing Pains” has not weighed in but is known to support LGBT equality, as do former “Growing Pains”Â guest starsÂ Brad Pitt, Leo Dicaprio, and Hillary Swank.
â€œI should be able to express moral views on social issues,â€ Kirk Cameron today told ABC News in an exclusive statement today, adding, â€œespecially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years â€” without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach â€˜toleranceâ€™ that I need to either bend my beliefs toÂ theirÂ moral standards or be silent when Iâ€™m in the public square.â€
â€œI 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 itâ€™s my lifeâ€™s mission to love all people.â€
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 calledÂ Tell Kirk Cameron Itâ€™s Time to Finally Grow Up. ItÂ had more than 5,500 signatures this afternoon.
GLAAD spokesmanÂ Herndon Graddick released an email statement to ABCNews.com in response to Cameronâ€™s latest comments: â€œSaying that gay people are â€˜detrimental to civilizationâ€™ might be â€˜lovingâ€™ in Kirk Cameronâ€™s mind, but itâ€™s gay youth and victims of bullying who truly suffer from adults like Cameron who espouse these ideas.â€
â€œObviously, Cameron has the right to recite his anti-gay talking points,â€ Graddick added, â€œjust like fair-minded Americans have the right to tell him that his views are harmful and have no place in modern America.â€
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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Embattled Trump-Appointed DHS Inspector Was Given Phones of Secret Service Agents in July, Raising ‘New Questions’: Report
Senior Secret Service leadership confiscated the cell phones of 24 agents and handed them over to the embattled Trump-appointed Inspector General of the Dept. of Homeland Security as he was launching his criminal investigation into the deleted text message scandal. The Secret Service, DHS, and former Trump officials at the Pentagon have been under fire after the IG, Joseph Cuffari, belatedly revealed texts from January 5 and 6, 2021, had been deleted.
“The agency handed over the phones ‘shortly after’ a July 19 letter was sent by Inspector General Joseph Cuffari’s office,” NBC News reports.
“The revelation that Cuffari’s office has had access to the phones since late July or August raises new questions about the progress of his criminal investigation into the missing text messages and what, if anything, the public may be able to learn about communications between agents on Jan. 6, 2021,” NBC adds.
Cuffari reportedly learned in December of 2021 that the cell phones of Secret Service agents directly involved in protective operations on the day of the insurrection, had been wiped and text messages deleted. He did not report this to Congress until July of 2022, despite his staff taking action.
CNN, however, has reported Cuffari actually learned of the deleted texts in May of 2021, which if accurate would mean he waited more than a year to inform Congress. Nor did he inform the National Archives, which is required by law to retain those records.
Cuffari has been seen by some as covering for Trump loyalists. His own staff is calling for his firing.
“Department of Homeland Security (DHS) watchdog staff recently called on President Joe Biden to remove their boss, Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, according to a blistering letter obtained by the Project On Government Oversight,” POGO reported last week. “‘The highest priorities of an inspector general are integrity and independence,’ states the letter. ‘IG Cuffari and his inner circle of senior leaders have fallen short in these areas time and time again.'”
In April of 2021 The Washington Post reported Cuffari “blocked investigations proposed by career staff last year to scrutinize the [Secret Service’s] handling of the George Floyd protests in Lafayette Square and the spread of the coronavirus in its ranks, according to documents and people with knowledge of his decisions.”
Noted political scientist Norman Ornstein, who sits on the POGO board, in late July called the situation a “coverup of treason.”
POGO, he wrote, “has been calling for a long time for the resignation of DHS IG Joseph Cuffari. He sat on the information of missing texts from the top DHS ‘acting’ officials, put there by Trump to do his bidding. Stinks to high heaven. Coverup of treason.”
DOJ Demands Return of Emails Peter Navarro Sent From Private Account for Government Business
The Department of Justice is seeking a court order to compel Peter Navarro to return government documents he took after leaving the Trump administration.
Investigators are seeking the return of emails he sent while working on the White House coronavirus response, which they say were sent from a private account for government business to discuss ventilators, activating National Guard units, and the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment, reported CNN.
“There is no genuine dispute of fact that Dr. Navarro used at least one unofficial email account to conduct official business, that those records are the property of the United States, and that Dr. Navarro has refused to return the records to the United States. Indeed, his counsel has expressly admitted as much,” wrote Justice Department lawyers.
“Because Dr. Navarro remains in possession of property that belongs to the United States,” the lawyers added, “this Court should issue a writ of replevin requiring Dr. Navarro to return what he wrongfully continues to possess.”
The National Archives discovered the emails were missing after the DOJ sued Navarro earlier this year in a records dispute related to a House investigation.
Fox News Host Claims ‘Whites Are a Minority in California’ So Dems Want ‘On-Ramp’ for Undocumented Immigrants to Vote
Fox News personality Jesse Watters is making undocumented claims about undocumented immigrants and voting in California, the nation’s most-populous state, along with false claims about voter ID and precisely which race is the majority in the Golden State.
“Many Americans do not have one of the forms of identification states acceptable for voting,” the ACLU says. “These voters are disproportionately low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Such voters more frequently have difficulty obtaining ID, because they cannot afford or cannot obtain the underlying documents that are a prerequisite to obtaining government-issued photo ID card.”
That’s very different from falsely claiming Black Americans are “incapable of handling an ID.”
Watters went on to say, “But, I guess illegal aliens are perfectly capable of having a state-issued ID to use it for welfare.”
That too is false.
Undocumented immigrants are almost exclusively ineligible for federal government welfare programs.
“What I think is going on here is, right now, whites are a minority in California. Hispanics are the majority race in that state,” Watters claims.
Depending on your definition, that’s false, according to the U.S. Government.
Those who reported being “white alone or in combination” with another race is listed as 54.6% for California for the actual 2020 Census. “White alone” is listed as 41.2%.
“Hispanic or Latino” is listed as 39.4% of the population in California. “Not Hispanic or Latino” is listed at 60.6%.
“And white Democrat politicians like Gavin Newsom see the writing on the wall and they’ll do anything they can to cling to the political machine,” Watters claimed. “Now, this looks like an on-ramp to voting, if I was just being suspicious. But, being suspicious has made me very, very successful.”
The segment began with “Judge’ Jeanine Pirro saying “Liberal states and cities from coast to coast putting illegal immigrants over their own residents.” Pirro was lamenting a bill Newsom signed into law she says that will allow “illegal immigrants to acquire a government-issued state ID.”
Just before the 2016 election Watters did a man-on-the-street segment in New York City’s Chinatown and for nearly five minutes engaged in racist, anti-Asian, and downright offensive behavior. Vox’s Libby Nelson put it this way: “Fox News fit an impressive number of offensive Asian stereotypes into 5 minutes.”
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