The following article appeared in my “Soupernatural” column in Issue #10 of The Bent Spoon Magazine. For other interesting topics in the world of the weird, download any issue COMPLETELY FREE by visiting http://www.thebentspoonmag.com
Homophobia has been in the news a lot lately. Republican presidential contenders such as Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have each taken stances against homosexuality and gay marriage that have bothered many. And basketball star Jeremy Lin wears a wristband manufactured by Active Faith, a company with ties to Lakewood Church and the anti-homosexual views of its pastor, Joel Osteen. It seems that, where negative sentiment about homosexuals is concerned, religion plays a vital role.
That pattern continued when Kirk Cameron appeared on Piers Morgan’s CNN talk show Friday, March 2nd, to promote his documentary, “Monumental.” Cameron has long been outspoken, both in his faith in the Christian concept of god, and his contention that being gay is sinful. So, once again, during the interview, the Dark Age thinking in his head poured out of his mouth.
When asked by Morgan his thoughts on gay marriage, Cameron first attempted to evade the question. But that is not really surprising. He must know, as do people like Joel Osteen, that when he discusses his anti-gay views in public, he is surely going to take criticism. They must also be aware that it causes a number of gay people a great deal of emotional distress – particularly those who are Christians themselves, or who have been shunned by their fundamentalist Christian family. Of course, that never seems to prevent them from saying, “No comment,” does it?
No. Instead, Cameron opened his yap and talked about how being gay is not only “unnatural,” but also “destructive” to society. It is the kind of homophobic speech one has heard before; typical not only in its hatefulness, but for its lack of basis in any kind of factual reality.
Homosexuality occurs in a large variety of species in the natural world. At least 450 by some counts. Attention Kirk Cameron: that makes homosexuality natural. Please stop using your ridiculous and antiquated logic to justify your own homophobia. The idea that gay people exist may bother you, I really don’t know. But taking this unsupportable and demonstrably untrue stance is futile.
Many are also interested in what history books he has been reading that teach homosexuality has led to the destruction of societies. The Bible he believes in as the word of god certainly isn’t a history book. But then, nor does it even count homosexuality in violation of the Ten Commandments. So, even if God exists, He doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with gay people. He just keeps on creating them. So then, which responsible history book shows how the presence of gay people caused society to crumble around them? Never happened, folks. And Cameron knows it. This, in my opinion, is nothing more than another weak attempt to reconcile his own personal problems with the homosexuality in the world he sees as being diametrically opposed to his values.
Now, of course, Kirk Cameron has the right to his beliefs, and the right to speak his mind. But so, too, do people who find his beliefs disgusting. Cameron’s supporters are angry at those knocking him because he is, as they say, “only expressing an opinion.” They say he has Freedom of Speech. He does, indeed. What he does not have, however, is a Freedom from Criticism.
Kirk Cameron and his supporters would be wise to learn the difference.
* A clip from Kirk Cameron’s appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4OqDvhprA