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Cameron: “Homosexuality is unnatural” — This is why we must continue to fight back!

CNN – Kirk Cameron, ’80s teen idol, tells America that same-sex love is “unnatural” and “ultimately destructive to the foundations of civilization.”  Cameron, one time star of TV sitcom, “Growing Pains,” told CNN’s Piers Morgan on Friday that God is opposed to homosexuality and to same-sex marriage.  The theological justification of oppression against LGBTQ people is at the root of much of the anti-gay discrimination and violence in our society, and Cameron uses his celebrity to promote religious bigotry.  In response to Morgan’s question about marriage equality, Cameron said, “Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. 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.”

Cameron, a once-upon-a-time atheist, underwent a Christian conversion, and has become a leading voice in condemning gay and lesbian equality.  Now the father of six children, the child star said to Piers Morgan that if one of his children told him he was gay, he would have a long, serious talk with his boy.  “I wouldn’t say ‘That’s great, son, as long as you’re happy,'” Cameron said. “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.”

Since becoming an Evangelical Christian activist, Cameron has often attacked gay and lesbian equality on religious grounds.  GLAAD Senior Director of Programs, Herndon Graddick, was swift to call Cameron out for his bigoted remarks.  Graddick said to TMZ that Cameron is “out of step with a vast majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.” GLAAD has mounted a campaign to monitor Cameron’s public statements and appearances, and vows to inform outlets of his anti-gay extremist views.

LGBTQ people of faith have a special mission to blunt the force of faith-based bigotry, like the sort espoused by Kirk Cameron. Openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson points out, “Religion in general still presents the greatest obstacles we face in full equality. Ninety-five percent of the oppression that we know in our lives comes from the religious community.”  Robinson went on to say that progressive clergy form an important link between gay people and the majority of religious people who are still making up their minds about human rights.

The Unfinished Lives Project knows that religious intolerance toward LGBTQ people contributes to the atmosphere of violence that makes being queer in America a dangerous proposition.  Bigotry like Kirk Cameron’s can make homophobic people feel that their loathing of gay people should be acted upon in violent ways.  More importantly, such vocal extremism can make otherwise good religious people support oppression and look the other way when harm strikes their neighbors.  Cameron may have a First Amendment right to free speech, but he and other celebrity homophobes must never be left unchallenged, if anti-gay violence is to be defeated in our society.

 

March 3, 2012 - Posted by | CNN, GLAAD, GLBTQ, Hate Crimes, hate crimes prevention, Heterosexism and homophobia, Homosexuality and the Bible, Kirk Cameron, LGBTQ, Marriage Equality, religious hate speech, religious intolerance, Social Justice Advocacy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments

  1. He’s in an evangelical cult-he no longer thinks for himself,so quite frankly-who cares what he thinks?

    Comment by Sky | March 3, 2012

  2. His behavior is unnatural. If he really wants to be a father with love I hope God will give him a kid and when his kid grow up will be homosexual, so I believe he’ll learn how to love a homosexual son or daughter, because God is love and powerful. And I hope someday he’ll apologize all the homosexuals in the world. But his behavior now is dreadful. I really think he cannot kiss his boyfriend, walking holding hands with his boyfriend in the streets, because he’s deceitful closet case. But I believe God will bless him and he’ll find out that God loves gay and his view is totally wrong.

    Comment by Andinho. | March 8, 2012

  3. Kudos to Kirk Cameron. Of course not for his anti-gay remarks. But for keeping cool, despite Piers Morgan pushing him to lose his temper. Because that’s how I saw the interview in the video clip below, or maybe that’s just how his interviewing style is. I’ve never seen a full show of his. I don’t subscribe to cable, there’s already enough trash on free tv as it is.

    Comment by mr gay activist | March 8, 2012


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