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Is It “Brave” To Be A Bigot?

Is It “Brave” To Be A Bigot?

 

Former child actor Kirk Cameron has come a long way from being the hot child star of television’s “Growing Pains.” Since then, Cameron has started his own ministry and has changed his public appearances from publicizing acting projects to proselytizing against alleged immorality.

At a recent appearance on the Piers Morgan show, Cameron took the interview as a chance to espouse on his belief that homosexuality is “unnatural.“ “I think that it’s unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization…Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either.” He then went on to say that he wouldn’t support any child of his who was gay.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) quickly condemned the remarks, saying, “In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character…Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.

But in a rather bizarre defense of Cameron, Morgan called the statements “brave.” As TMZ notes, “Morgan feels Cameron ‘was honest to what he believed’ even if he most people find his views to be ‘antiquated.’”

Morgan then tried to clarify, tweeting, “Note: definition of word ‘brave’ is ‘ready to endure pain or danger’. And comes from Latin word ‘barbarus’.”

Is it “brave” to preach bigotry, be it simple intolerance, or outright homophobia, racism or misogyny? Would Morgan say that the picketers of Westboro Baptist Church were “brave” as well?

 

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9:54AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

It is brave to be a bigot? No; however, it is VERY brave to stay true to your beliefs--even if those beliefs make you appear to be an out-of-touch clown. ;)

Oh, how far the mighty fall. LOL! I can't believe this jerk used to be a "teen icon!"

6:24PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Noted.

7:58PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

7:40AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

No, not brave but ignorant...

6:55PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

I really am not sure if we don´t bark up the wrong tree with our constant yelling and fighting against whatever...no fight has ever created the peace and no yelling has caused the quiet. What about to simply ignore such people? Just with fighting we only admit we are somehow "more normal" or what. I think this attitude must humiliate the people we fight for...it seems me the same like when people were shouting "the black man in the white house" - this IS racism, I cannot help me. Or maybe I am wrong. Anyway - these all fightings make me feel ashamed and I simply am not willing to even consider such people´s make ups and never will see anybody to be different. There is no place for "tolerance" - sorry, there is nothing and nobody to tolerate.

8:11PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

'In fact, more than 90% of gay men and lesbians report being targets of verbal abuse or threats, and more than one-third report being survivors of violence related to their homosexuality. Although negative attitudes and behaviors toward gay individuals have been assumed to be associated with rigid moralistic beliefs, sexual ignorance, and fear of homosexuality, the etiology of these attitudes and behaviors remains a puzzle. Weinberg ( 1972 ) labeled these attitudes and behaviors homophobia, which he defined as the dread of being in close quarters with homosexual men and women as well as irrational fear, hatred, and intolerance by heterosexual individuals of homosexual men and women. . . . ‘

‘Although the causes of homophobia are unclear, several psychoanalytic explanations have emerged from the idea of homophobia as an anxiety-based phenomenon. One psychoanalytic explanation is that anxiety about the possibility of being or becoming a homosexual may be a major factor in homophobia’

Read more : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/assault/roots/freud.html

8:08PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Darryll, rightwing conservative, fundamentalist christian and bigot, your hate mongering rhetoric is a cancer on a civilized society. Quoting scripture to justify your hate isn’t exactly what your Jesus had in mind, was it? Tell me, were you born a bigoted cretin, or did you just grow into it? That kind of stupidity and hate has to be cultivated, doesn’t it? Are you trying to say that homosexuality is a choice? I’d ask you when you chose to be Hetro but I have a feeling you are struggling with all kinds of latent urges. What are you going to say when Cameron ends up coming out? Will that make it easier for you?

BTW, that Jesus you claim to worship, and that you apparently know nothing about, was Gay. And guess what...the millions and millions of Gays and Lesbians in this world aren’t going away, but your kind of hate and stupidity are. Better get use to it.

Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8772014

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/9664-focus-low-iq-a-conservative-beliefs-linked-to-prejudice

’Hostility and discrimination against homosexual individuals are well-established facts. On occasion, these negative attitudes lead to hostile verbal and physical acts against gay individuals with little apparent motivation except a strong dislike. In f

4:19PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Darryll, since I've had a hysterectomy I can't procreate at all. Does that mean if I marry again my marriage will be "unnatural" (since procreation can't occur naturally through the sex my husband and I would have)?

Rubbish. Marriage isn't just about procreation - some of us choose not to procreate and some can't. So what? Marriage is about two people committing themselves to each other. Deciding to share their lives. Choosing to support one another emotionally and financially. Whether they can have a baby together "naturally" is immaterial - plenty of heterosexual couples either never have a child, choose adoption, or choose assisted reproductive methods.

4:10PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

would someone please tell glaad, that no not a signifacant portion of this country is gay, according to verified statistics less than 1% of this population is gay, so please go away, yes gay people are good, they are nice"probably a lot better than some who aren't gay, i knew several and considered them friends, but HOMOSEXUALITY is not natural in any way or form, it takes a male and a female to create a baby naturally, i'm sorry you can't except that and have to continue to push into socieity with your views but i will pray for you anyway

3:59PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

HE IS RIGHT. if homosexuality was natural you would be able to procreate without any help. you can't. Joseph S. if you are going to quote the bible please read it. 1st Corinthians 6:9 Or do you notknow that the unrighteous will not inherit the the kingdom of God? Do not be decieved; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. fortunatly we have Jesus, who died for our sins so that we will be called the sons of God

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