Kirk Cameron, 41, has gone from his television teen idol days to starring in Fundamentalist Christian-themed movies such as Left Behind and Fireproof. Just recently, Cameron has also proven himself to be an outspoken anti-gay bigot, which has brought a swift response from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
While interviewed by CNN’s Piers Morgan, Cameron said the following about homosexuality: “I think that it’s – it’s – it’s unnatural. I think that it’s – it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” (Please scroll down for clips from the Morgan-Cameron interview, in addition to a video featuring Cameron and a banana as proof of God’s existence.)
Regarding marriage equality, Cameron explained that “marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve – one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
And if one of his six kids turns out to be gay, Cameron, unlike Morgan, “wouldn’t say ‘That’s great, son, as long as you’re happy.’ There are all sorts of issues that we need to wrestle through in our life. And just because you feel one way doesn’t mean we should act on everything we feel.”
On their website, GLAAD is asking visitors to “tell Kirk Cameron it’s time to finally grow up.”
Herndon Graddick, GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs, stated that “Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.” (The website, however, fails to provide “gay-rights approval” figures for Evangelical Christians or other religious fundamentalists.)
GLAAD adds that it “will be monitoring Cameron’s media bookings and roles with film and television studios to ensure the news and entertainment industry is aware of his outrageous anti-gay views.
“Kirk Cameron joins former TV stars Victoria Jackson and Chuck Norris in desperately trying to remain in the public eye by using anti-LGBT rhetoric. Last year, Jackson described a kiss between Glee characters Kurt and Blaine as ‘sickening’ and Norris wrote on anti-LGBT site WorldNet Daily that the public education system has devolved into ‘progressive indoctrination camps’ that train students to ‘forcefully defend issues like abortion and homosexuality, as well as become cultural advocates for political correctness, relativism, globalization, green agendas and tolerance for all.'”
Chuck Norris’ anti-gay views surely didn’t prevent the Invasion U.S.A. star from landing a role in Simon West’s The Expendables 2, starring Liam Hemsworth, Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren.
Kirk Cameron, Left Behind
As for Kirk Cameron, he hasn’t had a very fruitful film career, as the vast majority of his work has been restricted to television. During his Growing Pains heyday in the ’80s, Cameron was seen in only a handful of mainstream releases, all but one box office bombs – e.g., Douglas Day Stewart’s romantic drama Listen to Me (1989), opposite Jami Gertz, and the Robin Williams-Kurt Russell comedy The Best of Times (1986). The second phase of Cameron’s film career comprised a few movies geared to Evangelical Christian audiences in the United States.
In Vic Sarin’s Armaggedon-themed Left Behind (2001), Cameron plays television journalist Buck Williams, described by the New York Times’ Stephen Holden as “the most golly gee-whiz young journalist to appear since Jimmy Olsen stalked Superman.” For all his naiveté, Williams uncovers a world domination plot led by the Antichrist himself: the United Nations Secretary General. Brad Johnson and Cameron’s real-life wife, Chelsea Noble co-star.
“The movie’s catalytic event is the Christian Rapture: 142 million people around the world are abruptly transported directly to heaven, leaving behind their clothes and personal belongings,” explains Holden. “… It doesn’t dawn on most of those left behind until late in the movie that the disappearances are biblical prophecy coming true. The moment they grasp the truth, they tend to fall to their knees in prayer as helpful clerical friends, citing chapter and verse, provide biblical confirmation.”
Left Behind‘s paltry $4 million box office grosses didn’t prevent Cameron from returning as Buck Williams in two sequels: Bill Corcoran’s Tribulation Force (2002) and Craig R. Baxley’s Left Behind: World at War (2005), both also bringing back Brad Johnson and Chelsea Noble. Additionally, 1982 Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) plays a president in the latter film.
Cameron’s biggest Christian box office hit, however, was Alex Kendrick’s Fireproof (2008), in which he plays a firefighter struggling to save his marriage. Although overseas grosses were nil, Fireproof took in $33.45 million in North America. Obviously, the religious-romantic drama was no blockbuster, but if it did indeed cost $500,000 as reported it was an undeniable hit – depending, of course, on how much was spent marketing / distributing the film.
Overall, Cameron’s most successful movie by far remains Rod Daniel’s Like Father, Like Son (1987), in which the 17-year-old Cameron co-starred opposite Dudley Moore. In the U.S. and Canada, the identity-switch comedy brought in $34.37 million, or about $70 million today.
Box office information source: Boxofficemojo.com.
Kirk Cameron Anti-Gay Tirades: Alan Thicke & Roseanne Barr Respond
March 6 update: Kirk Cameron’s recent anti-gay remarks on Piers Morgan’s CNN talk show have become the target of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and of anti-bigots everywhere.
On Piers Morgan Tonight last Friday, Cameron, a Fundamentalist Christian, referred to homosexuality as “unnatural” and affirmed that it is “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Cameron also stated he was against marriage equality, i.e., gay marriage, and that if one of his sons came out to him, Cameron would teach him that “there are all sorts of issues that we need to wrestle through in our life. And just because you feel one way doesn’t mean we should act on everything we feel.”
Responding to Cameron’s remarks on Twitter, Alan Thicke, who played Cameron’s father in the popular 1980s television series Growing Pains, wrote: “I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything.”
Tracy Gold, who played Cameron’s sister in Growing Pains, tweeted “I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE,” while Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson told his followers that “The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago.”
Television host Craig Ferguson sort of compared Cameron to another Bible-thumping bigot, Rush Limbaugh: “Rush makes me ashamed to be a middleaged white man and Kirk Cameron makes me ashamed to be a failed actor. We don’t all think like that NoH8.”
Roseanne Barr went further: “kirk or kurt or whatever cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech. so is rick warren. their peers r killing gays in uganda.”
Among Kirk – not Kurt – Cameron’s feature films are the ’80s hit Like Father, Like Son, co-starring Dudley Moore; and several Christian movies such as the Armageddon/Rapture Left Behind flicks and the family drama Fireproof.
Source for the various quotes: The Hollywood Reporter.
God made Man (Adam from the dust of the earth).
God made Woman (Eve from Adam’s rib) as a helpmate for man.
I agree with Kirk Cameron that to be homosexual is unnatural.
The reason is God made man and woman to procreate. It is impossible for two men or two women to create an offspring. I have heard over and over “I was born that way”. Having the desire to be with the same sex is one thing, but when you act on it that’s when it becomes sin. The #1 thing God’s word tells us is to love one another as he loves us. Having said that, I want you to know that I Love YOU ALL. I can love without compromising my faith.
You all should be ashamed for judging the gay community. They are YOUR friends and family and even neighbors. You probably even work with them. Did we ask to be gay? Hell no! We embrace who we are. It’s sad that Kirk Cameron is a repressed homosexual or bisexual man that has feelings towards other men. Because he is so confused he takes it out others. Being Gay is NOT a sin. Judging someone for being gay is! Ever heard of the Golden Rule? Learn it! We have the right to be happy just as much as you do!! You heterosexuals get everything handed to you by society, while we’ve had to fight every step of the way! Being Gay is a gift from God — to say otherwise is blasphemy! Karma is a bitch all you Bible thumping Bigots! It will be fantastic once you all die off. The world will be such a better place, I’m looking forward to it! Cheers
God did create everything. He also gave free will, not for your purpose, for his. Point the two edged sword both ways, on i can use my free will, to believe what i want to believe.You expect to get live, and let live, only if it applys to you. You are saying ppl who use gods words are hate speech? Then blame god. Your hatred of god does not have one thing to do with us.
Kirk and Limbaugh should get together and marry. Now there is a real sick duo. They deserve each other’s idiotic minds.
Thank you, Nancy, Ric, Joe, but Thanks but no thanks to Yes Homo, No to you
God Bless Kirk Cameron for standing up for What is Righteous as the Lord Jesus said: Judge and Discriminate and the King of Heaven will be Yours. (Apocalypse, chapter 12, verse 138, line 3).
Good Has Become Evil and Evil Has Become Good as Jesus said. Bigotry and discrimination is now frowned upon. Gay marriage has become acceptable in several countries. We must take our world back. Where are the bonfires to burn heretics like in the Old Days of Christendom, when Good was Good and Evil was Evil? (And just think of the energy savings during wintertime.)
I don’t hate gay people. THEY HATE ME for saying they’re evil and shouldn’t have the same rights I have. Much like an axe murderer shouldn’t have the same rights I have because only gun owners are protected by the Bible and the Constitution.
And let me remind you that I’d hire a gay person to clean my garage TODAY, as it’s full of trash and domestic help is so hard to find these days! But the Bible crystal clearly says that GAYS should NOT have the right to marry (or to do ANYTHING together, if you know what I mean). After all, Adam created Eve, not Steve (he came later, after a sex-change operation engendered by the Serpent).
Do I have your attention????
Gay sex will be the destruction of our world, much like the Serpent destroyed the Garden of Eden, which, so I’ve heard, is now a parking lot.
Gay sex has already caused pestilence and famine and civil war, from Northern Ireland to the Central African Republic, from Bosnia to Ethiopia, from Gog to Magog. World War I and World War II. Communism and Abortion and Zombies. Want to stop Global Warming? Well, THEN STOP WITH ALL THAT HOT GAY SEX. The polar bears are dying out because of GAYS!
It’s my RIGHT to speak my mind. Do you believe in FREE SPEECH? Well, I’m using it now to call everyone the world over, every RIGHTEOUS person with God in His Soul, to deny you your rights so as to SAVE you from your selfish, evil, horny, environmentally damaging selves.
Change your ways now! Heavenly Peace awaits you. Take ME as an example. I’m a HAPPY person (insert smiley face here). My life is pure bliss because I’ve found Jesus and I’m all LOVE.
God bless you Kurt for standing up for the truth. As you know, Jesus said they would hate you for my name’s sake. Good has become Evil and Evil has become good. It’s Crystal clear who the real haters are.
That “love the sinner, hate the sin” crap is just another vehicle for homophobia and condescending piousness. I respect people who say being gay is disgusting, weird or repulsive more than those who hide their hatred behind the cloak of “God says it’s wrong”. If you’re a homophobe, at least have the guts to OWN it!
I watched that interview with Piers Morgan and thought that Kirk Cameron was very articulate and showed class and compassion for homosexuals. Since he believes sincerely that this lifestyle is destructive Kirk is willing to stand up to vicious assaults in order to help people, that takes guts and integrity! I applaud the man and wish there were more people like him.
I also respect Kirk for the type of man he is. A few years ago I was working for a contractor at his home. Kirk bought everyone lunch and came up to me to talk and get to know me, how many homeowners have done that in my 28 years of construction, just one. The man loves people, takes care of his family and is a genuinely nice person. I believe that is why he’s willing to take the heat, because he cares.
I think what Kirk Cameron is doing as a man of God in movies is beyond great. I respect someone for putting aside money and worldly fame to do God’s will in their life. What will it profit you to gain fame and riches, but lose your soul. I stopped watching regular shows, because it seems that most shows on tv cater to either the gay lifestyle or drugs/sex. I rather watch wholesome christian shows where my children can freely watch with me. I thank God for all that he has done for me and my family.
I don’t have problems with gays, in fact one of my friends is gay and I’d hire him in a minute.
I believe in traditional marriage. This doesn’t make me homophobic, and I resent anyone calling me that but we have bigger problems. Christians don’t preach killing gays.
What I have a problem with is freedom of speech and the way you want to live. To tell me I can’t have my beliefs but you can and I can’t say what I want will, in the end, be the destruction of this country. Remember as kids they would say what goes around comes around. Look what the Muslims are doing to the gays. Obama recently said this is a Muslim country because they have done so much for this country. Freedom of religion is being taken away and that is what the Muslims want. When they take over America all of our freedoms will be gone.
Again, I have nothing against gays, or blacks or anybody. But when you succeed with taking away my rights and ending freedom of religion, then it won’t be long before your rights are taken away. In my novel “Moon Shadow” I wrote about all of this even a Democrat that would be elected as President and hijacked airliners. The President bankrupted America in 2012. I wrote the book in 1996. At the introduction to my novel I said, “Throughout history every great empire has collapsed; there have been no exceptions.”
I defend Kirk’s right to free speech, even though I contacted him about a faith-based movie and he never responded. What you need to fear is Obama once declaring he believes in the marriage between a man and a woman. Now he believes in same sex marriage. Uh, oh.
I see more than the issue at hand. If Obama wins this election I see the disintegration of freedom of speech and the collapse of the greatest empire in the history of mankind.
Stop carrying religion into this. It has NOTHING to do with it.. Genetic and scientific fact link it. If its unnatural then why does it exist?
Chromosome linkage studies of sexual orientation have indicated the presence of multiple contributing genetic factors throughout the genome. In 1993, Dean Hamer and colleagues published findings from a linkage analysis of a sample of 76 gay brothers and their families. Hamer et al. found that the gay men had more gay male uncles and cousins on the maternal side of the family than on the paternal side. Gay brothers who showed this maternal pedigree were then tested for X chromosome linkage, using twenty-two markers on the X chromosome to test for similar alleles. In another finding, thirty-three of the forty sibling pairs tested were found to have similar alleles in the distal region of Xq28, which was significantly higher than the expected rates of 50% for fraternal brothers. This was popularly dubbed as the ‘gay gene’ in the media, causing significant controversy. Sanders et al. in 1998 reported on their similar study, in which they found that 13% of uncles of gay brothers on the maternal side were homosexual, compared to 6% on the paternal side.
I suggest the people using God and pointing out bible facts should look into scientific facts that are proven and true rather then held onto by belief and assumptions.
Yah know, its not about minding our own business. We can’t avoid it! Everywhere you go homosexuality is pressed on everyone. Seems like we have to be forced to accept the lifestyle… Now its the ones that choose to disagree with the lifestyle are discriminated against harshly. The bible said in the end, the bad will be made good and the good made bad. Call it religion or not, kirk is entitled to his opinion when asked. Leave him to his belief and oppinion. He does live in a free country that was faught for by our soldures too.
Its not just the old testament that declairs Gods commandment against sexual perversion, but the new testament too. You cant take some of the word of God and not the rest, otherwise it isnt sola scriptura.
Alan Thicke should grow up, Kirk has the right to his opinions just like the liberals. If he doesn’t like it too bad. He panders to the democrats like he’s gonna get a big acting job in Hollywood one day. Wake up.
Nothing is God’s word.
God isn’t real.
That’s like quoting the Cookie Monster.
Jeez-us! Look guys, i think your idea of a God that can actually be “offended” by two humans of the same gender being with each other is pretty antiquated and outdated, and frankly, i have to disagree in every way. The Bible is VERY old, was written by many different people and edited by Lord knows how many more, books shifted around and deleted and mistranslated and on and on and on.
I am not a homosexual, but i AM open-minded, and everyone on this planet IS a child of God, made in God’s image, we are all creators whether that means “spawning” another human or not. God does not condemn, hate, or express prejudice against something He created on purpose, it is human fallacy that does that. It is believing wholeheartedly in a few lines of ancient text SO deeply that you cannot see past the pain it causes your fellow humans.
Homosexuals do not choose their orientation any more than Heterosexuals choose theirs. You try telling a straight man not to love a woman, it will not work, you can never convince him otherwise, and not even words in the Bible would “stop his sin.” Ridiculous. I can’t even believe i’m listening to some of you people call homosexuals “sinful.” You know, God is not up there taking sides on this, right? Everything in existence falls within a spectrum, two poles, and then a range of gradients in the middle. If you have consenting adults expressing love for each other, WHO CARES IF THEY DO THAT.
I’m probably speaking to a brick wall here, but i felt like saying it. Yay for random internet opinion.
Crazy fuckin closet case. God created the ultimate laws? Half of you probably support the death penalty.
I’m seriously growing tired of whack job religious fanatics who bash anyone that doesnt fit their seemingly “Perfect” mold.
Mind your own damn business, if you have a problem with homosexuality, don’t sleep with the same sex. How difficult is that?
Kirk Cameron is nothing but a washed-up bigot. I’ve seen ‘Fireproof” and it’s nothing but a pretensious film complete with an over the top in-your-face script.
Oh my god, what a sh*tload of hate got dumped in these messages! Who ARE you people?
If you truly are religious, if you really live by the book, you would know that you and I both are entitled to our opinions, and if you don’t like MY opinion, go somewhere else. Do you know what abusive and bigoted means?
What I don’t get is why you send abusive and bigoted comments at all! It has no effect on YOUR life and YOUR beliefs, so why do it? Keep living the way you want to live, but don’t include me in it. In return, I will keep living the way I want to live and will not include you in it. Believe me, I DON’T want you in my life. And you obviously hate my way of life, so why are you reading this and responding?
Does it make you feel good? Does it give you pleasure as you type out hateful words, giving you grins and giggles when you click on ‘submit’? THAT is not christian. That is abuse.
Brian Brown of NOM just mass-emailed to his readers that he is (as always) asking for money, and “Whatever funds we raise I will include that amount with this message to Roseanne Barr on Twitter:
“Speaking out for marriage is NOT hate speech. Pro-marriage heroes gave $_____ in response to your attacks on them.””
He plans to send huge amounts of tweets to Roseanne, but I am predicting that Brown’s supporters, tired of being asked for money three times per month will pass on this one - and that Ms Barr will get just a few of those tweets from Brown.
Help- I’m trying to rewire my dryer and I can’t get the two females to cause a spark. Same issue with the plumbing in the kitchen, why did the water run all over, I used two males? Kirk, I just ordered Fireproof, can’t wait to watch it with my husband- didn’t touch the wiring on the DVD
player… It works!
To those of you prattling about how homosexuality is “unnatural”….. how many “natural” things do you do in your life? I won’t go in a long list but there is certainly nothing “natural” about logging into the Internet to electronically blather about how unnatural homosexuality it is.
To those who talk about reproduction…… seriously? Last I checked world population is at 7 billion so if anything homosexuals are doing you all a favor by not reproducing and leaving more space for the miserable puking kids that you are probably cr*pping all over the place (unless of course you are using “unnatural” contraception). You’re welcome.
I’ll now leave you back to your regularly scheduled grunting and growling.
People so freely accept gay n lesbians openly that they r blinded to the truth
GOD made adam n eve not adam n steve here in a place of freedom people that r gay have more rights than christians do if GOD wanted gays he would have made only one sex
Kirk’s comments are not anti-gay. . . they are anti-sin. It is not Kirk’s opinion that homosexuality is sinful. Kirk is simply voicing God’s word on the subject. Homosexuality is listed as an abomination in God’s word. God is the same God now as He was when He created the world. We can choose to be holy or not. If we choose to have a homosexual lifestyle then we are choosing not to be holy.
and who gives a rats ass about this dim witted has been.
I am christian as well, and gay.
****sticks tongue out******
I am a christian and I’m tired of being attacked anytime I voice the same opinion that Kirk Cameron has. The bible is clear that man shall not lay with man and woman shall not lay with woman. God says rejoice in your ridicule for they ridiculed the prophets before you. That means we’re telling the truth and the worldy (not Godly) people don’t like it. If you want to call christians who follow the bible and share the gospel bible thumpers then I will be one ALL DAY EVERY DAY! He should not have to apologize for his opinions and beleifs. Just look at the gay supporters who offend us christians they are not apologizing to us. GO KIRK! God tells us to share our faith so we can lead others to christ and thats exactly what Kirk did!
A man and a man CANNOT REPRODUCE….Thats why God made Man and Woman….thats the way it was meant to be…js
@Kirk, keep on keeping on my fellow brethren. I think your doing the right thing by not sugar coating Gods Word…some people call theirselves christians but if they would read the word of God it clearly tells you that it is WRONG for a man and a man or a woman and a woman to have relations together. You folks need to get into your bibles. Jesus is coming soon….WILL YOU BE READY? GOD BLESS YOU KIRK…I know your making GOD proud for not sitting and hiding like a coward.
i dont see where kirk is exploiting anything to make a fortune, he speaks the truth and you don’t like it.
i have to agree with kirk, i’ve heard people say you can’t go to the old test. in the bible, but even reading the new test. it does not say it is ok to be gay. God put up here to multiply and if it was alright to be gay then that would not happen, now would it.
Roseanne Barr considers “Cameron an accomplice to murder wth his hate speech. So is Rick Warren. Their peers are killing gays in Uganda.” Finding gays unnatural is natural. There is nothing natural about having sex with the same sex. It has always been anomalous and unnatural. And Barr’s comparing a disapproval of homosexuality with killing gays in Uganda is insane. Gay killings are mostly done by Moslems, a group she is probably sympathetic with. Barr is what I’d call a reality changer. She wants to see things through politically correct goggles because that makes her feel better.
I can’t believe that people this ignorant still exist. when will they realize that segregation against any group of people is wrong, no matter who they are. free rights for all. we have no right to tell someone that they are an abomination and do not diserve happiness. There are homosexual tendencies in every species of mammals. They human race is the only species with a phobia of it.
Kirk is right. It is unatural. Where in nature does that behavior happen? Only in humiliation and domination violence.
What a hateful, destructive, close minded & unkind human being he has become.
I get tired of such liberal wacko’s like the previously mentioned. They can always express their opinion’s and thoughts and nobody is allowed to disagree with their views. However, anytime a Christian steps out to affirm what God’s word “clearly” teaches they are rebuked by so many liberal thinking people.
How dare a Christian express their thoughts. “They” can all day long however, if your a Christian don’t even think about it.
you’re a evangelical who exploits christianity to make a fortune. who’s more in the wrong?
I agree with Kurt Cameron! God created the ultimate LAWS and man has constantly changed them. It is wrong for two people of the same sex to have a sexual relationship. I am not a Gay hater as God loves us all. He gave mankind free will and lets us make choices but when we choose the sinful ones God is saddened. If he wanted Adam to be with a man he would have gave him one instead of Eve. Woman was created for procreation and that cannot ever be accomplished with a same sex partner in a natural way. I applaud Kurt Cameron for standing up for Christ as people like him give me the courage to do the same. Jesus is coming and we all should be ready.
i see you as a lone soldier emerging unscathed from the firey hell that is hollywood .. will other “entertainers” finally “get it”? .. that true integrity comes from within, not from popular leaning portrayals of what one would like to seem…
what is a fruitful career? once which you carefully pick and choose what you do and are apart of. taking those roles you know will help to make the world a better place, using the strength of your will to refuse something even if it will mean a “great success” for you, or more fame or money. the strongest i feel are the ones who use there moral integrity to do things in this world.
i have never seen one movie from kirk but if he is respectful and chooses well then i think i will have to make sure i see what movies he is in, because then they may be something with integrity and depth. something i can think about.
NOT THE BANANA!