Mark Radcliffe asserts that Kirk Cameron’s “honesty” defense doesn’t make his homophobic statements excusable.
Kirk Cameron released a statement yesterday, doing damage control after his recent fury-inciting interview with Piers Morgan where he condemned homosexuality as “destructive” and “unnatural,” citing his religious beliefs.
“I spoke as honestly as I could,” Kirk said in his statement. “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.”
There are two problems I have here: first, he seems to imply that just because he was being “honest,” his beliefs are morally justifiable. Racists are just being “honest” in their beliefs that (X race) is inferior and doesn’t deserve to marry their daughter/ live near them/ eat with them. But that doesn’t mean their beliefs are therefore morally valid or beyond criticism.
But second, he’s not really being honest. You can’t say you honestly love someone at the same time you’re condemning their lifestyle as “unnatural” and saying they’re not entitled to the same basic rights as you. It’s manipulative hypocrisy, and my guess is that Kirk’s definition of “loving” gay people would involve an attempt to “cure them of their disease.”
He later went on to say he has the right to express his views. I actually agree with him here. But along with having the right to express your beliefs comes the intellectual responsibility of critically examining those beliefs, seeing if they hold up to scrutiny and cross-examination, which his do not. If you’re still using a document written thousand of years ago to form your value system in 2012, why don’t you go back to the everything else from that period, too: constant strife and violence, no electricity, famine, life expectancy of 37 because there was no modern health care…
And if you want to adhere to biblical thinking, Kirk, maybe you should have multiple wives, like Abraham and Jacob? And I hope you don’t ever let your wife talk in church, as the bible forbids. And that cleanly-shaven face? Bible isn’t so keen on you ditching that beard.
Beyond that, if people relied on the bible as the final answer to everything, Kirk, you wouldn’t have a car to drive, because the engineers wouldn’t have ever dared to discover scientific truths and properties the bible never contained, that make modern life possible.
You wouldn’t have a computer that you use to prop up your prehistoric, discriminatory belief systems on the website where you train other people how to live in ignorance, too.
And you wouldn’t have had the film cameras and technology that made your entire career possible—a career which, by the way, was no-doubt aided by the countless gay members of the film and TV industry whose tireless efforts help made your show and films a success.
You are not more “holy” than us because you cling to ancient beliefs. You’re more barbaric. You’re directly aiding and abetting a culture that discriminates, bullies and abuses gay people, often murdering them or driving them to suicide. So wipe the proud, smirk smile off your face. It was cute on a teen actor. But it’s just ridiculous on a grown man who confuses his irrational fear for “faith.”