Kirk Cameron said Tuesday he's not pleased with the public's response to his remarks on gay people. Perhaps with these new comments, he can quickly return to the quiet anonymity more fitting of a former 1980s sit-com star. Cameron attracted more publicity this week than he has since his Growing Pains days when he told Piers Morgan he believes gays are "detrimental to human civilization." The actor tried to clarify himself Tuesday, in a press release (via ABC News):
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.
Fair enough (not really) says GLAAD, which organized a campaign after he made his initial comments. "Obviously, Cameron has the right to recite his anti-gay talking points,” GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick tells ABC News, "just like fair-minded Americans have the right to tell him that his views are harmful and have no place in modern America." So now that everyone agrees to Cameron's rights, maybe we can return to remembering Cameron as sweet Mike Seaver, and forget his less palatable modern-day public image.
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