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“Kirk Cameron.. who?”
Haha. Get it? Okay, so I really do know who Kirk Cameron is – and Mike Seaver was one of my first TV crushes. But the guy who played that character, Kirk Cameron, is a royal douchebag.
I absolutely loved that episode, by the way ^^. I always wondered if someone could really get away with writing the test answers on the bottom of their sneakers. Knowing my luck, the answers would rub off before I got to class.
Anyway, the people that actually know who Kirk Cameron is know that he is a self-proclaimed Jesus freak (hey, I used to be one of those, too!). I have no problem with those that are passionate about their god. No problem at all. The people I have a problem with are the ones that use their god as an excuse for hate. Kirk Cameron does just this, and the worst part is… he's raising his kids to be bigots, too. Watch the interview here.
Let's talk about what exactly Mr. Douchebag said in his interview with Piers. Kirk Cameron, when asked if he thought homosexuality was a sin, described gays as destructive to civilization's foundations. Now why the hell couldn't you just say “Yes, according to my religion/Christianity, homosexuality is a sin”? That would have been perfectly acceptable. But to go on a freaking tirade and say that gays are destructive? To the foundation of civilization?!
Gays. Are. Destructive.
How are gays destructive, exactly? My dog, she's destructive. But gays, what makes them destructive? Detrimental, even?
Wanting equal rights? Is that destructive, Kirk? What the hell is destructive about two consenting adults loving each other? Please tell me what. makes. love. destructive?
Your words, Kirk Cameron, they are destructive.
de·struc·tive: tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often followed by of or to ): a very destructive windstorm.
Synonyms for the word include: 1. ruinous, deleterious. 2. unfavorable, adverse, negative. Antonyms include: 1. creative. 2. constructive. (source: dictionary.com)
I know this guy doesn't know that many gay men, but all of the gay men I know are clearly creative. Have you seen them decorate houses? Wowza. That's creative.
Gays are “tending to destroy”? What? Oh, let me guess, the sanctity of marriage, right? Marriage is a freaking joke in this country. The divorce rate is through the roof. Civil unions only grant a small fraction of the rights that marriages do, and they aren't even legal in all 50 states yet. It's pathetic.
Know what else is through the roof? The suicide rate of homosexuals, especially those that are teens.
Numerous studies have shown that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have a higher rate of suicide attempts than do heterosexual youth. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center synthesized these studies and estimated that between 30 and 40% of LGB youth, depending on age and sex groups, have attempted suicide.
A U.S. government study, titled Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide found that LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than other young people. This higher prevalence of suicidal ideation and overall mental health problems among gay teenagers compared to their heterosexual peers has been attributed to Minority Stress. “More than 34,000 people die by suicide each year,” making it “the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds with lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth attempting suicide up to four times more than their heterosexual peers.”
In terms of school climate, “approximately 25 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and university employees have been harassed due to their sexual orientation, as well as a third of those who identify as transgender, according to the study and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education.”
“LGBT students are three times as likely as non-LGBT students to say that they do not feel safe at school (22% vs. 7%) and 90% of LGBT students (vs. 62% of non-LGBT teens) have been harassed or assaulted during the past year.” (Source)
There are no other words right now.
I am simply disgusted that a man who calls himself a christian… a man who is raising six children… a man who is supposed to be someone we can look up to… is spewing such hate. The worst part, I think, is that he is receiving so much support from those in the christian community. I was on his Facebook fan page and the comments just appalled me. Yes, he has the right to voice his opinion. Yes, he has the right to follow his religion. But his rights should stop where mine begin, and him calling me destructive because of who I love, and him (and others) preventing me from having equal rights should not be allowed in the United States of America. He needs to own up to his statements being hateful. Kirk Cameron has the right to be as hateful as he wants, but to lie about it and act like saying those things isn't hate… to hide behind his religion… to raise kids in such a horrible way? NO. Not acceptable.