Kirk Cameron hasn’t arrived on the Jersey Shore yet for his lecture on biblical marriage in the religious retreat town of Ocean Grove tomorrow, but he’s already got an offer for a lunch date: Corey Bernstein, an openly gay 17-year-old, has offered to sit down and talk with the Growing Pains star about the pain his “negative judgments” have caused.
“In a kind, respectful and constructive way, we’d like to talk to you about the pain your words about being LGBT have personally caused me and other LGBT youth,” wrote Bernstein, co-chair of Garden State Equality’s youth caucus, in a letter to Cameron and his manager. “Words casting negative judgments about LGBT people not only perpetuate prejudice in our wider society, but also hurt LGBT youth in particular. Some of your public comments about being LGBT have devastated us LGBT youth. We yearn to grow up in a world that provides us dignity and safety. That is our simple, most heartfelt dream.”
It’s worth noting that Bernstein, at 17, is more articulate than 41-year-old Cameron, who told CNN’s Piers Morgan that traditional marriage is “almost as old as dirt.”
Well, sure, if you believe the Earth is less than 6,000 years old.