Kirk Cameron has recently been in the news not only because his new documentary, “Monumental”, was released to select theaters last week but more importantly because of the founding of “CCOKC,” Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron, which debuted recently on the website Funny or Die.
Kirk Cameron made unfortunate anti-gay comments that were the inspiration for the new CCOKC club. The main point of the hilarious video is that Kirk Cameron was a child actor and Maureen Flannigan, child star from the show Out Of This World said, “He should f*cking know better!” in response to his recent anti-homosexuality comments. CCOKC members just want to ask Kirk Cameron; Why all the hate? “Kirk, like all of us, lived and worked in the company of homosexuals for years and I would challenge him to name one thing they ever did to hurt him, his community or civilization as a whole.” Though meant to be hilarious, the video takes a serious undertone, if just for a second, as to why Kirk Cameron is so opposed to the gay community when he knows, very well, that they are just regular, working people.
Of course, Kirk Cameron is against homosexuality because of his much publicized evangelism, as he is the celebrity face of conservative Christianity. He recently made a documentary, Monumental, in which he was determined to find the real roots of America, and uses one controversial source, David Barton, to do so. Barton is known for his Christian nationalist historical revisionism. In a nutshell, he is a self-proclaimed historian who has enough money to buy historical documents but does not actually hold any formal credentials. Erik Eckholm from the New York Times said, “Many professional historians dismiss Mr. Barton, whose academic degree is in Christian education from Oral Roberts University, as a biased amateur who cherry-picks quotes from history and the Bible.” Eckholm quotes Derek H. Davis, a director of church-state studies at Baylor University, “The problem with David Barton is that there’s a lot of truth in what he says but the end product is a lot of distortions, half-truths and twisted history.” Kirk Cameron takes everything he says as fact, and he’s not the only one.
The article was written in May of 2011 and Eckholm wrote, “Newt Gingrich, who echoes Mr. Barton’s themes with his own declarations that American freedoms are divinely granted, said he would call on Mr. Barton for advice if he ran for president.” Yikes.