Remember Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains? He’s made some minor headlines lately for denying evolution, making crappy Christian movies, and refusing to kiss any woman on screen since he’s married and that’s a sin or something. Well somehow he scored an interview on Piers Morgan, where he spewed a bunch of crap about how homosexuality is wrong and unnatural. He reminds me of that crazy chick from SNL, Victoria Jackson, who is only earning coverage for her out there politics.
In a sit-down on Piers Morgan Tonight that aired Friday, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron blasted gay marriage and homosexuality calling it “destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
And that was just the beginning.
When the 41-year-old outspoken “born-again Christian” was asked about his thoughts on gays tying the knot, Cameron said, “Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the Garden between Adam and Eve. 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.”
And when asked if he thought homosexuality was a sin, Cameron went on to say, “I think that it’s unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
But, that wasn’t all.
Piers Morgan continued to discuss the topic with the father of six, asking Cameron what he would say to one of his sons if he told him he was gay.
And Cameron admitted he wouldn’t be so accepting.
“I wouldn’t say ‘That’s great, son, as long as you’re happy.’ I’m going to say, There are all sorts of issues we need to wrestle through in our life. Just because you feel one way doesn’t mean we should act on everything we feel.”
Following the interview, Cameron’s comments ignited a firestorm with gay rights groups like GLAAD, which launched a campaign against the former teen idol, encouraging its members to sign a petition against him to let him know he’s “no longer their idol.”
“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD.
“Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans … with an increasing number of states recognizing marriage equality, Americans are seeing that marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other and that gay and lesbian couples need equal security and legal protections. That’s not ‘redefining’ anything.”
[From E! Online]
Why did Piers Morgan even give this has-been a forum? My dad saw this story over the weekend and asked me who this guy was, and I answered that he’s a former child actor from the 80s who is best ignored. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, as long as they’re not trying to tromp on other people’s rights, and this guy is. Kaiser reminded me that Kirk is one of those “left behind” people who believes “that all of us sinners will be left behind when Jesus comes back.” She also thinks that Kirk is talking to his fan base of Evangelicals, and that’s why he was invited on the show. Cameron starred in the Left Behind movies about the rapture, and later in 2008′s Fireproof, another Christian film by the Kendrick Brothers who put out the popular Courageous movie last year. This makes me wonder how Cameron didn’t earn a part in Courageous. They had a very low budget so maybe his salary requirements were too high.
I’ll just end with this. If you go to google Kirk Cameron one of the suggested searches is “Kirk Cameron’s Sad Birthday.” Case in point.
Here’s Kirk last month at the airport to attend the CPAC conference. Credit: Fame Flynet