Kirk Cameron loves “all people.”
Kirk Cameron hates “no one.”
Kirk Cameron is surprised that his previous remarks condemning homosexuality became such a hot topic for debate.
Earlier this month, Kirk Cameron made some pretty damning remarks on Piers Morgan Tonight in regards to homosexuality and gay marriage. The stir resulted when he said that he did not support gay marriage and that homosexuality was “destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Tuesday, Kirk Cameron faced Ann Curry in the interview chair. Ann Curry, of the Today show, asked Kirk Cameron whether or not he meant to speak in such hate-speech terms.
“Absolutely not,” Kirk Cameron said, “Of course not. I love all people, I hate no one and, you know, when you take a subject and you reduce it to something like a four-second sound bite and a check mark on a ballot, I think that that’s inappropriate and insensitive.”
The former Growing Pains star continued by saying, “I was surprised, frankly, that people were surprised by the things that I’ve said. I have been consistent for 15 years as a Christian. I’m a Bible-believing Christian. What I would have thought was more newsworthy is if I had said something that contradicted the word of God, if I had contradicted my faith.”
Despite blaming the media for twisting and editing his words into a “four-second sound bite,” Kirk Cameron is standing by his words.
“I don’t change my feeling about the comments,” He said in an interview with Fox and Friends.
Some people have applauded Kirk Cameron for not trying to hide behind diplomatic rhetoric and for standing up for his beliefs, but organizations like GLAAD and several of Kirk Cameron’s Growing Pains co-stars spoke out against his anti-gay remarks.
Kirk Cameron didn’t apologize for the comments, and he still stands by them, but he did clarify some of his beliefs for the Today viewers.
“Nobody should mistreat anybody—homosexuals should not be mistreated, heterosexuals should not be mistreated, bisexuals should not be mistreated. All of us who really think deeply about social issues like gay marriage and abortion and homosexuality have convictions on issues, and we all have our convictions formed by different things, and mine are formed by my faith, they’re informed by the word of God, and I found that to be an anchor for me, a compass and a guide for me,” Kirk Cameron said.
“When people start bullying each other and calling each other names for those different convictions, then you get into problems.”
Kirk Cameron is right about that last sentence, but the rest is sure to add fuel to the already heated debates.