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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