After tossing a bomb at gay people last Friday on Piers Morgan’s TV show, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron has decided not to apologize for what he’s said, despite GLAAD and other gay groups’ demands.
After Cameron called homosexuality “unnatural,” “detrimental” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” his Growing Pains co-stars Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke called him out on his backwardness over the weekend.
Cameron said in an e-mail statement to ABC News today:
“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).”
Again, who are these gay friends? Show them to us, please.
GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs and Communications Herndon Graddick responded in kind:
“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. Cameron used his platform to attack gay Americans and is now attempting to play victim in an effort to sell his upcoming movie. That Cameron would risk the health and safety of young people in order to do so speaks for itself.”
“So many Americans, popular celebrities and Christian leaders have stood up and said his views are out of touch. The fundamental dignity of gay people should no longer be a debate in this country. 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.”
You tell ’em, Herndon. And if you’d like to tell Kirk to change his views, GLAAD has already nearly 6,000 signatures on a petition to tell Kirk Cameron to grow up.