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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Get over it... Piers asked the questions and Kirk answered them honestly... He's entitled to his opinion and beliefs..
***FREEDOM OF SPEECH***

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Just because you disagree with someone doesn't mean your a moron! Last time I checked we still had freedom of speech in this country! Agree to disagree and get the hell over it. I am sick of people throwing you to the wolves just because you voice your OWN OPINION! good for him for standing up for what HE believes in!

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I agree with Kirk.

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god stands for governing oppressive disease / government of deceivers. I AM YHVH DEITY THE FARTHER

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Calling him a 'moron' isn't going to help those of us who disagree with him. He was articulate in his explanation, and though I do not agree gays are some kind of detriment to society, spewing hate speech towards Cameron is also quite intolerant. It's easy to be mean. It's harder to articulate and agree to disagree. I will admit it would be hard to be a gay friend of his.....so, you're my friend and still think I going to bring down civilization? Ouch. 'Bible' discussions are a touchy topic, even among scholars. When you take Average Religious Person, it's even worse. I don't mind hearing what people believe. Where I get upset is when they try to shove it down others' throats or are constantly preaching this passage or that passage--and when you try give a possible different explanation, they shut you down even though you're trained.

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Kirk Cameron is such a homophobic (and hypocritical) MORON!!! Back in the day, I remember reading (and hearing) here and there how he was such a two-faced, self-righteous and preachy TERROR on the set of "Growing Pains." I remember when he singlehandedly got Julie McCullough fired. Back then, I really wasn't a fan of Kirk Cameron. I'm still not. Case closed.

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if they dnt want his opinion then dnt ask. Im all for equality but its starting to seem like if u dnt approve of gay marriage ur jus some hate filled horrible bully of a person. Expressing ur opinion doesnt make u a bully. Even if gay marriage is allowed in every state that isnt going to mean everyone agrees with it but this seems to be the mission of glad. Everyone has to allow it but not only that they have to like it too and thats not fair. Now i speak as a person who did vote for gay marriage in fl although it did not pass. I kno wat the bible says but i jus believe these ppl are born like this. And i feel bad that a couple cud be togetha for 40yrs and not be allowed in icu when their partner is dying. Thats how i looked at it.

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Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I don't agree with Cameron. Marriage in this country is already in trouble.......most people wind up divorced. How is gay marriage any worse? That said, I also don't believe in god as most people do, and believe humans wrote biblical text (unlike many others I am trained to read ancient languages, not English translations). Anyway, I feel 'god' or whatever you want to call it has been used to hurt and control people, to frighten. Not enlighten.