Kirk Cameron says he's entitled to opinions on gay marriage and homosexuality
It's time for Kirk Cameron to strike back, since he's quite unhappy people didn't appreciate him calling gays "unnatural" and "destructive to so many foundations of civilization." Because, you know, it's the media's fault he said those things.
Cameron released a statement to ABC News Tuesday after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation started an online petition against him following his comments on Friday's Piers Morgan Tonight. We'll just run the whole thing so he doesn't accuse us of bias or something:
"I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people. I should be able to express moral views on social issues, 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 believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect. I've been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally)."
Of course, he doesn't address how his old Growing Pains costars Alan Thicke and Tracey Gold have told him to shut it, too, but they probably don't count as friends. GLAAD, meanwhile, continues to be unimpressed.
"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," spokesman Herndon Graddock told ABC News. "Obviously, Cameron has the right to recite his anti-gay talking points, just like fair-minded Americans have the right to tell him that his views are harmful and have no place in modern America."
As for The Juice*'s stance on gay marriage, we think shows like The Bachelor and A Shot at Love have probably made a big enough mockery of marriage as it is, rendering all further points invalid, so can we just get back to discussing how every episode of The Walking Dead is slow as molasses until the last five minutes? That's getting really annoying.
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