Kirk Cameron Defends Anti-Gay Views, Touts "Life's Mission to Love All People"

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Under fire for his anti-gay comments on Piers Morgan Tonight, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron defended himself in a Facebook post Tuesday.

His tone was less combative and his comments much better-worded, but Kirk did not apologize for his beliefs, or the manner in which he voiced them.

In fact, Cameron criticized the media and those contributing to the backlash, defending principles he stands for and the right to express them publicly.

The actor defended his appearance on CNN (below) this way:

"During the CNN interview, I was asked to express my views about homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion. While that was not the agreed-upon purpose of the interview, I was pleased to answer Piers' questions as honestly as I could.

"To some, my responses were not sufficiently 'loving' toward the gay community. I can only say that it is my life's mission to love all people, and I expressed the same views clearly and emphatically expressed throughout Judeo-Christian scriptures."

"As a Bible believing Christian, I could not have answered any other way."

"I've been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally) in the wake of condemnation by some political advocacy groups."

"In the case of one of my gay friends, we regularly talk and have healthy and respectful debate. We learn from each other, and serve others alongside one another."

"I thank God for all of my friends... even when they hold very different views on issues of faith and morality. I do not, however, believe that the right way to advance our views is to resort to name-calling and personal attacks, as some have done to me."

"I also believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. 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 hope more than a few people could see the large volume of secularist morality being imposed on me. In any society that is governed by the rule of law, some form of morality is always imposed. It's inescapable."

"But it is also a complicated subject, and that is why I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect."

GLAAD was unsatisfied with the star's explanation and offered its own response:

"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," said senior director Herndon Graddick.

Cameron blasted gay marriage and homosexuality for being "destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization" and said if one if his sons told him he was gay, he would encourage him to "work through" those "issues."

What do you think? Is Kirk out of line? Or is he right on the money? Is there a double standard - at least in how certain views are treated by the media?

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GOD BLESS YOU for standing on the WORD OF GOD. I live in the world but not of the world. PRAISE GOD

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Kirk Cameron, Thank You for saying what most Americans believe Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion, when were they revoked? I am an American and a Christian, I believe in God and I believe the Bible is the True Word of God given to man. God says homosexuality is a Sin, God hates all SIN, but He loves ALL mankind ( HE created us ) and wants all of us to live with him forever! Satan is the author of all SIN. GOD gave man free will,so you can be anything you wish, but remember there are consequences for every choice made!, you get to make the choices! Thank you.

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Thank you Kirk. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion when were they revoked? I am an American Christian and feel the same as you, homosexuality is wrong, it is a sin, it plainly says so in the Bible! I believe the Bible, God hates SIN but he loves all mankind, he created us, not SIN. Satan is responsible for all SIN!
Thank You !!!!!

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I can't deny ur idea, somepeople support animal rights, u can defend anti-gay. It's not only u Kirk, although they haven't u support, they can find the rights for them. There many celebraties supporting homo. U r not the only one. U should be an enemy with 5 states in the U.S

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This reminds of Ted Haggard's attacks of hate towards the gays. Christians are just hypocrites and thank God I found peace and serenity out this cult. I remember listening to Ted's sermons and how he spread so much hate using the bible as as a weapon towards homosexuality for many years and at the end Ted was a screaming queen himself, Kirk is no different then Ted.

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"TEQUILA" I love your what ever you call it ,, the smiling & winking face VERY fun....I don't know who this guy is but it's his opinion... does any one care??? we all have opinion we're the only one who cares

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I wish I could hug Kirk Cameron. The gay community is one of the most outspoken groups and they are pretty in your face with a lot of their beliefs.... non-gays should be able to do the same thing and be passionate about our views on traditional marriage as well.

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It appears to me, that nothing what Kirk said should be judged. It more what the interview decided to put words into his mouth. I like what he said.

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You go, Kirk! You have a right to express yourself--FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Anybody who calls you a moron is the REAL moron!

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When that book was written mabey it was needed. But now we know the world is not flat. The only good thing is men like him grow old and die and there stupid ideas die with them.

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