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With 'Monumental' Kirk Cameron emerges as Christian activist
Kirk Cameron released a documentary in theatres on Friday titled "Monumental."
April 13th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

With 'Monumental' Kirk Cameron emerges as Christian activist

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)– Kirk Cameron could have joined the ranks of former TV heartthrobs who rode off into the sunset, reappearing only for the occasional reunion show or career-reviving role in a TV drama. Think Ricky Schroder or Scott Baio.

But Cameron, known to millions of Americans as Mike Seaver on the hit ‘80s-era show “Growing Pains,” is carving out a new niche for himself, as an unlikely voice of politically conservative American evangelicals.

Cameron has a new documentary on the faith of America’s founders that arrives in theaters on Friday. He is neither a historian nor theologian, but the film, “Monumental,” shows him consumed with Christianity - and with rage over what he says has been the systematic removal of religion’s role from American history.

The film opens with Cameron sitting on an Adirondack chair in his backyard. Looking straight and silently into the camera, a voice-over of his own voice alerts viewers that the world around him is going to hell.

“There is something seriously sick in the soul of our country,” the voice-over says.

“Don’t worry about the fact the world is going to hell in a hand basket - just get out of the hand basket,” his friends tell him. But Cameron explains that he refuses to listen and instead sets out to make “Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure,” which investigates the debate over America’s soul.

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Over the last decade, Cameron has become the wholesome, boyish face of Christian cinema. He starred in “Left Behind,” the low-budget film based on the wildly popular Christian book series.

More recently, he played the lead role in “Fireproof,” a breakout film that shocked the Hollywood establishment when it debuted in the top 10 in its first week and wound up taking in an estimated $33 million. The film was made by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, for just over $500,000.

Cameron was one of the only professional actors in the film; the rest were congregants from the church.

Along with such popular movies as Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” ”Fireproof” showed the potential for a new market in explicitly Christian films. In the last two years, crossover movies like “Soul Surfer” and “Courageous” have had parallel advertising campaigns targeting churches.

The movement has propelled Cameron back into the spotlight.

“Monumental” is Cameron’s baby. He is its executive producer and its star.

“When I survey the landscape and turn on the news, all signs are saying panic,” Cameron recently said.

“Instead of listening to everyone play the blame game … maybe the best place to look for solutions was to talk to the men and women who built this country 400 years ago and laid the foundations that resulted in a nation that has experienced more blessing and prosperity and strength than any other nation in the world,” he said.

“That launched me on this journey to retrace the Pilgrims and find the sacred sauce.”

In the film, Cameron retraces the Pilgrims’ steps from England to Holland to the New World. He talked to scholars and historians, digging in on the faith of the Founding Fathers.

What he found, he said, is a forgotten historical narrative not taught in schools.

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Those first principles, as Cameron sees them, are spelled out in a scene depicting a large stone monument near Massachusetts’ Plymouth Rock, the spot memorialized as the place the Pilgrims landed.

“Faith in God … produces character, character will produce courage, courage to face the challenges of the day,” Cameron says in the movie, riffing off the Pilgrims’ story.

Cameron teamed with NCM Fathom, a company that streams live events to movie theaters nationwide, like live performances of the Metropolitan Opera and boxing matches, to offer a sneak peek at the film a couple of weekends ago. That debut was emceed by Cameron, featured live performances by Christian bands and was beamed out live on more than 600 screens, grossing $1.23 million, according to NCM and Cameron's publicist.

Kirk Cameron stares at an inscription at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington.

The new documentary has faced criticism for its inclusion of self-taught evangelical Christian historian David Barton.

A favorite among evangelicals for his Christian-centric views of the Founding Fathers and his vast collection of historical documents, Barton is heavily featured in the film.

“The reason I went to go see David Barton is because he owns the largest collection of original source documents from the founding era that I can get my hands on and that you can go and see,” Cameron said.

“When you look at those documents it becomes incredibly clear there has been a lot of cherry picking of the evidence done to support a very particular worldview, and that’s the worldview our children are learning in school and it’s not the full and complete historical record because it doesn’t reflect the faith of our Founding Fathers,” the actor said.

In a version of the film made available for screening and in clips posted online, Barton shows Cameron the “Thompson Hot Press Bible,” which Barton said was printed in 1798 and was funded by 12 signers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, including John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

“They wanted the word of God out to every family,” Barton says in the clip. “If these guys happen to be Christians it makes a lot of sense.”

Barton then picks up a small rare Bible known as the “Aitken Bible.” “The Bible of the Revolution was printed by the Congress of the United States. So Congress printed the first English Language version of the Bible,” Barton said. He goes on to say the Congress said, “This was a neat edition of the Bible for use in our schools.”

Warren Throckmorton, an associate professor of psychology at Grove City College, a private Christian school in Pennsylvania, has criticized Barton’s version of history and Cameron’s films.

About much of the history featured in the film, Throckmorton said, “That’s just not what happened.”

After seeing clips of the documentary, Throckmorton fact-checked some parts.

He said he found that the “Thompson Hot Press Bible” was not funded in total by 12 Founders. Instead, he said, the Bible was funded by a subscription base of 1,200 customers that included 12 Founding Fathers. “The printers funded that Bible, the Founders didn’t fund it. It was a business venture for them.”

As for the quote Barton attributed to Congress about putting the Bible in schools, it actually came from Robert Aitken’s petition to Congress. Aitken was a colonial printer. The Journals of Congress from 1782 shows Aitken completed the Bible on his own and sought the blessing of Congress.

The record shows a report from two congressional chaplains who examined the work, which they praised.

Congress passed a resolution to recommend “this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation in the manner he shall think proper.” That resolution did not mention it being put in schools.

“David Barton gets the facts wrong when it comes to these two Bibles,” Throckmorton said. “The facts of the case are stretched and embellished to create a narrative that is misleading.”

Cameron defended Barton’s work. “No one is more guilty of cherry picking evidence than those who bow to the god of political correctness, especially historians,” Cameron said. “Everyone is going to select the information that is important to their thesis. If you’re bent on being politically correct, it’s very easy to fall into that trap.”

Throckmorton noted that he and other critics of Barton’s work hail from Christian colleges and universities.

Early controversy surrounding Cameron's comments on social issues have given the film more media coverage than Cameron could have imagined for a small-budget documentary.

Appearing on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight last month, Cameron fielded questions about abortion, gay marriage and what he would do if one of his six children came out to him as gay.

None of the topics appear in the film, but Cameron expressed views on same-sex marriage, abortion and homosexuality that are common among conservative evangelical Christians.

Cameron called homosexuality “unnatural,” adding, “I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."

His comments sparked outrage from gay rights groups like GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The group led a campaign to counter Cameron’s comments with other 1980s TV stars and evangelicals on the other side of the theological spectrum.

GLAAD spotlighted a bevy of celebrities who chided Cameron for his positions on homosexuality, including a tweet from Rosanne Barr, who suggested Cameron was “an accomplice to murder with his hate speech.”

Cameron said his support for traditional marriage is rooted in faith and thinks it should inform policy decisions: “You either believe marriage and human sexuality are sacred or you do not.”

Cameron jokingly described his faith as “high octane” but said he considers himself part of the evangelical Christian tradition. He said he goes to a small nondenominational community church near his home in California, though his publicist later clarified that he is not a member of the church, whose name he would not disclose because of privacy and security concerns.

Cameron said he was caught off guard by the controversy around his comments.

“It is my goal to love everyone. I hate no one,” he said. “Regardless of their race, religion, their proclivities, the desire of their heart and how they want to live their life and the decisions that they make. I can even respect people’s decisions and lifestyle choices just as I hope they have the courtesy to respect my decisions and my choices.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church and state • Religious liberty

soundoff (2,339 Responses)
  1. George

    I don't know if you can say being accepted by a fringe group that embraces hatred of others a true comeback. I know his career has sunk to a David-Hasslehoff-drunkingly-eating-a-hamburger-and-ranting low but still this isn't much of a step up from that.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • RichardSRussell

      If you can make a movie for $0.5 mil and clean up $33 mil from the suckers, almost all of which is pure profit, you have indeed come back, baby.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  2. BenBreeg

    Mr crocoduck haha

    April 14, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  3. PRISM 1234

    I commend this young man for strength character and courage to stand up and speak up against the darkness , corruption, deception and darkness this country is sinking, even while his friends advise him saying
    “Don’t worry about the fact the world is going to hell in a hand basket – just get out of the hand basket,”
    Yeah, great friends he's got there! they come dime-a – dozen!
    IT is better to be alone and suffer rejection from friends even family, then to compromise the truth, particularly when it is about Jesus Christ. That's when the verse in Philippians 3:10 becomes reality to the child of God, and the presence of risen Christ is very real in life of this believer! And the love of truth and the presence of God of truth will give him strength beyond compare, even to the end! Those are the promises which those who are willing to take stand, can count on!!!

    April 14, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • JS

      well, it's fine for you to admire anyone you choose...and believe in anything you choose...but when those beliefs dictate how other people, who really just want to be left alone and aren't hurting anyone, want to live then it becomes a matter of public discourse. If you don't want gays married in your church that's fine, but this is a matter of the law of man, not the law of God.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your perception is that the country is 'sinking', Prissy, and that religion is the cure. Prove that.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      N, JS, it isn't the mater of law of man and the law of God. This country has been established on the PRINCIPLES of the laws of God. The laws of God have been given to guide and protect society from corruption and self destruction. Any time the laws of God are thrown out, and man's laws are replacing them, its spelled ruin and destruction. History repeats itself. Israel of old has done it, and consequences followed. This country has been something as a parallel to the Israel of OT. America is losing her soul, and who is there to sound the alarm? When God gives one of His own a word of warning , the ungodly go in uproar! Just like they did in Israel of old! I believe this generation of God haters and mockers have on care about anything then to make their lewd deeds and lifestyles acceptable and legalized. Nothing else matters! Iis appalling! And it is heartwrenching to see what is becoming of this country!

      April 14, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      Hey, Tom-Tom, go somewhere , find yourself a hilltop, and sit a while smoking your pipe!
      It'll calm your nerves!

      April 14, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You are obviously struggling with language, Prissy. Look up "piper".

      April 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      LOL! Anyone who chooses name like you did struggles with multiple things! You've already shown yourself! No need to elaborate!

      April 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  4. checi

    Kirky once came onto a tv interview holding a banana in his hand, waved it and said that the banana was proof that god existed. Really Kirky? You're kooky Kirky. So that's all it took to convince you? "ooo, look at this banana! I'll be! It's proof that god exists! Let's go on TV and tell the world!"

    April 14, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  5. sjmaser

    The self-righteousness of people who feel the need to impose their beliefs on others will never cease to surprise me (although I know it shouldn't). No group I am aware of has any sort of moral high ground to say if you think or live a certain way you're sick or wrong. I find Cameron's (and others) proselytizing tiresome and I think people are going to eventually just turn the channel when he's on. It reminds me of a saying I heard relating to the pride in one's religion to a man's penis; "It's nice that you have one and that you're proud of it, just don't ram it down my (or my kids) throat."

    April 14, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Josef Bleaux

      I'm so sick of Christians and their ignorant mythology.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  6. In Reason I Trust

    Kirk can try and spin his hate anyway he likes, but deep down inside he truly believes his All-Loving God is going to make gays burn in Hell for eternity for this "sin".

    Kirk, your god is imaginary, but your hate is all too real. Grow up.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  7. Dennis

    For God so love the WORLD that He gave his only begotten Son. Please note that it says "World" and not any one specific group, be they conservative, liberal, or centrist. God doesn't want to lose anybody. I grew up with the song, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world." While the description of the children might not be politically correct, He wants nobody to perish. We live in the United States of America and everybody has a choice.

    I think that Mr. Cameron might say, "We are becoming the Untied States of America as the lack of God has taken us away from being UNITED!"

    April 14, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Josef Bleaux

      Maybe we should be united in logic and reason instead of ancient mythology.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      Keep that baloney behind the doors of your church.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • DPGW

      Except North Korea. Apperently, he doesn't like North Korea very much. Grow up.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • to: VOICE OF REASON

      so you're the voice or reason? calling someone else's belief bologna (learn to spell) and telling them to keep to themself?

      April 14, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • RichardSRussell

      Well, certainly many of Jesus's agents in the Catholic Church love the little children of the world.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • RichardSRussell

      To: "to: VOICE OF REASON"

      You write: "calling someone else's belief bologna (learn to spell) and telling them to keep to themself?"
       
      I checked the spelling "baloney" and found it to be perfectly acceptable. "Themself", however, is not, since it combines a plural "them" with a singular "self". In fact, my spelling checker kept trying to change it to "themselves". Perhaps you should have YOUR computer learn to spell.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  8. Arawak

    CCOKC – Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron – watch more funny videos

    April 14, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  9. Nee

    Love what Kirk stands for...they are attempting to try and make us feel bad about our faith

    April 14, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      And you should feel bad about your faith because it is wrong, wrong, wrong!

      April 14, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • In Reason I Trust

      Your faith is disgusting. Read the bible; God kills people left and right, He's the ultimate dictator. Just because you believe He created those people doesn't make it any less evil.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Kirk stands for hatred of gays and you support this...so you won't mind the appropriate term of 'bigot' being applied to you then.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  10. RichG

    Hey Kirk, remember our founding fathers had slaves, too! True christians they were.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Josef Bleaux

      The bible says slavery is okay, as long as your slaves are not from neighboring countries. Too bad, I'd really like to have a Canadian as a slave.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • RichG

      I would love a christian slave. I would make him read me the bible everyday and whoop him if he complained.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Fritzie

      Slaves and mistresses. They weren't the type of Christians I'm thinking ol' Kirk wants everyone to be.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  11. landlover

    If you read (and comprehend) the Ten Commandments, you would understand.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      You are joking, right?

      April 14, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • momoya

      Understand what?. That most of the commandments are stupid, impossible, or god's favorite rules to break himself?

      April 14, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Josef Bleaux

      Read them. Ancient mythology, nothing more. Period.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      There is a reason they are no allowed in the public square any more...they are not pertinent outside of the church!

      April 14, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Lilith

      We have read and understood these commandments .. they're just not inspired by a God(s), they are completely a product of human psychological evolution born of societies need for order.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • landlover

      Even it you don't believe in God, just heading #5 through #10 would make this a better world.

      ONE: 'You shall have no other gods before Me.'

      TWO: 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.'

      THREE: 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'

      FOUR: 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.'

      FIVE: 'Honor your father and your mother.'

      SIX: 'You shall not murder.'

      SEVEN: 'You shall not commit adultery.'

      EIGHT: 'You shall not steal.'

      NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.'

      TEN: 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.'

      April 14, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • RichardSRussell

      Back when I was a history major, I was privileged to see a draft copy of the 10 Commandments, with pencilled notations in God's own handwriting in the margins. Seems the Big Guy was undecided until the very last moment whether to go with "Thou shalt treat women and dark-skinned people as equals." but finally decided to devote that particular slot to the vexatious and insidious problem of graven images.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Bob

      The Ten Commandments, or something similar to them have been the cornerstone of every successful civilization since Hammurabi (who had similar laws). To say they are not relevant to our society is laughable. Think about it – don't murder, don't steal, don't lie, don't cheat on your spouse, don't covet your neighbor's stuff. All of these are completely sensible rules that are being increasingly ignored in our society with obvious result. The first 4 deal with mankind's relationship to God, but the last 6 deal with relationships between people.

      The founding father's were not all Christians. But they shared a common belief that the Judeo-Christian morals of the Bible were necessary to a stable and successful society. That is still true today, and we are seeing the results of the efforts to remove these teachings from society.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What would reading and understanding the 10 commandments make me "understand"? They're not unique to Christianity. Is there something else you find enlightening about them? What is it?

      April 14, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @landlover: 5-10 should be common sense or so we would hope. Unlike you, we do not need that list to tell us these things...we live those things as non-believers because it is right. So if you didn't have that list to follow, would you be out killing people or screwing around with your neighbors wife or stealing? What if said parents were demonstrably abusive...do we still have to honor them?

      April 14, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  12. Josef Bleaux

    It's very sad to me that people waste their lives wallowing in a fantasy world of invisible, supernatural beings. Why anyone in their right mind would think ancient mythology has anything to do with reality is beyond me. I guess they get sucked into it at an early age from the indoctrination they get practically from birth in this country and don't have the intellect to understand that it's just ancient mythology.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • DPGW

      Do yourself a favor and read "Why We Believe in God (s)" by J. Anderson Thomson Jr., MD Easy read and gives a clear concise scientific explanation of why...
      Unfortunately, it does not give an answer as to why STILL these nutjobs believe what they believe...

      April 14, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Brunhilda

      All it would take is for someone to study Art History, learn about religion from a historical and artistic point of view, and one will easily understand that religion is indeed, a myth.

      But people, for whatever reason, feel the "need" to believe in something. Perhaps it's a flaw in human nature. Belief stems from fear of the unknown, in my opinion.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • TrueWordofGod

      Don't diss Almighty God. People with real intellect, know there is a mighty, supernatural God who created the world, the universe and all its living creatures. One day all people will come to know that there is a loving and mighty God who demands your attention and worship. There is coming a time when it will be too late to take back stupid comments or your ignorance. This isn't ancient mythology, it's about a relationship with a real God. My prayer is people here would come to know almighty God and that he would capture their hearts.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      I was birthed by parents who never attended church while I was being raised. They, my parents were named Joseph and Mary. In thier lifetimes dad revealed to me that he believed in a supreme being but did not go so far to call such abeing as being God. I found my Faith upon God when I turned 33! In loving of Godly principalities I did nourish and revel in the Gospels yet in "rightly dividing the Word of Truth" I did find certain verses of scripture an undeniability and beyond mere christian's rationalisms and atheists cunnings! God was God and He is God and will forever be God, the only immortal Being, by God!

      April 14, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Cat

      Christianity boomed in the middle ages because it was used to control the uneducated and poor.... Baseless myths that make people feel better about what they cannot explain.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  13. Pipe-Dreamer

    Pipe-Dreamer's Revelations
    2 Timothy 2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    Many of you atheists seem to forget that God's Son Christ Jesus was sent to us in order to redeem all us humanists and give to us an abundancy of everlasting Life! Living eternally does not, I repeat, does not mean becoming immortal! It means one is to live and die and live and die according to God's King of His Sons and Daughters, Christ Jesus, our redeemer of living the Life in abundant measurements! Only fools do believe in immortalities and living forever on one dimensional plain of existence!
    April 14, 2012 at 11:00 am
    Just on the accounts of humanisms' history trees are ladled with the religious being ever so fearful of God's impending wrath should they investigate things does in no way or shape or formula make today's closeted christians alikened to their pruned branches being thown upon the dung heaps!
    April 14, 2012 at 10:30 am
    God has a long held tradition for all us humanists who do and whomever doesn't believe in Godly reconciliations! One part heads North while the other part heads South! We all do service the users and even the abusers of Godliness endeavorments. Love therefore, one's own rationales and keep safely tucked away one's simplest of Truths for fear of the dawdlers of bickering and condemnation! Their days are as but second-hand clothes to be handed down come their End of Life!
    April 14, 2012 at 9:46 am
    God the conceptualization was long before man became flesh and bones! For the concepts of Creation itself needed to be nourished! Easy are the deniers' ways but weighty are their yolks. Would any of us humanists truly give up your Life in order for all of mankind to be spared death's beds of sorrows and forlornments? The Love from God is not without His Wrath but the Love of Christ Jesus for all of Humanism is our redemptions' branches! Clamoring to throw pea-like pebbles and spit toward the very traditions of the Gospel Truth in salvations' benefisciaries is harmful to one's simplest ideologies and humane strengths!
    April 14, 2012 at 9:26 am
    1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • DPGW

      Fail. Stopped reading when you quoted the bible. I can quote Star Wars in my argument, doesn't make it true.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Josef Bleaux

      How utterly stupid. It's just ancient mythology written thousands of years ago by members of a primitive culture. Grow a brain.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • noigiler

      What's most amazing is how many pipe-dreamers there are out there that actually believe this hooey. Indeed, "easy are the deniers' ways" because it doesn't require living in a fantasy. And I feel completely unburdened by any yolk. The same cannot be true for all those living in fear of a vengeful and wrathful God looking over their shoulders waiting for them to make a mistake...

      April 14, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      DPGW,,,,,,,,,,,, ,.

      I too can quote "Star Wars"! I do believe in the "Force" as coming from beings the Jedi called as being "midichlorians" which are beings that inhabit all of life's embodiments deeply upon the inside on a scale of such miniaturation we will never really set sight upon them! Such a Faith does not go against the Gospels' certaining verses that tend to embellish our bodies as being mere buildings wherein the Sons and Daughters of God are kempt or living out their Lives!

      April 14, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  14. James

    Using religion to cause division in society is too prevalent. A strong argument can be made that the world would be a better place without religions. Love thy neghbour should be the only guiding principle in everybody's life. All religions teach this, yet all so-called believers, too often, do not practise it.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  15. john

    Here's a quote from THE founding Father, you may find it has pertinence here. "Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and
    irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. Of all the
    animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the
    difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and
    distressing, and ought most to be depreciated. I was in hopes that the
    enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least
    have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never
    again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the
    peace of society."- George Washington

    April 14, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  16. Leslie Todd

    Kirk Cameron .......... He is right concerning the gay life style , and he has the right to his opinion and a right to express it , He's one of the "GOOD GUY'S ", He's only quoting the message of GOD,

    April 14, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • JJ

      People like you really scare me.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      hahahahaha...BIGOT!!! He is not right about anything!! Especially not the gay issue.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Josef Bleaux

      Mesage of God? Yeah, right. Ancient mythology written thousands of years ago by members of a primitive culture. Wanna buy the Brooklyn Bridge? Some swamp land in Florida?

      April 14, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • jessica

      Kirk Cameron is one of the self-hating GAY guys. And anyone who can't see that blatantly obvious fact is blind.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      Hey! That's a pretty great god you got going there! NOT! Looks like you won't be one of the 144,000 that make it to heaven.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Dangle66

      Just what do you mean by "gay lifestyle?" I'm pretty sure straight people have many different lifestyles, so I'm confused a what a gay lifestyle is supposed to mean. Oh wait... I just got it... You don't want to seem like your judging the person, only their lifestyle. Doesn't work that way. "I don't dislike christians... I just dislike their lifestyle." Rings hollow doesn't it?

      April 14, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  17. ceeharsch

    Somewhere along the line common sense was thrown out the window and replaced by political correctness.
    What Is Political Correctness?
    Political Correctness (PC) is the communal tyranny that erupted in the 1980s. It was a spontaneous declaration that particular ideas, expressions and behaviour, which were then legal, should be forbidden by law, and people who transgressed should be punished. (see Newspeak) It started with a few voices but grew in popularity until it became unwritten and written law within the community. With those who were publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object of persecution by the mob, if not prosecution by the state. Philip Atkinson http://www.ourcivilisation.com/pc.htm

    April 14, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • JonnyJive5

      Wrong.
      po·lit·i·cal cor·rect·ness
      Noun:
      The avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult certain groups of people.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  18. Dennis

    I have no problem with Kirk Cameron or even Mr. Barton sharing their views. As a Christian, there are probably a majority of things that I would have no disagreement and I agree that one of the problems in the United States right now is the absence of ethics that used to be the purview of those, who in all honesty were mostly Christian. The sad state of things in this country reflect the lack of ethics and morals in our country. There are too many people who say that they believe in this or that but they don't let it affect their behavior. What is the point of being a Christian if you don't act on it? I would direct this question to many of our political leaders who have no trouble taking tainted money, who vote for things that are contrary to their stated beliefs. Let Mr. Cameron and Mr. Barton speak share their view but we have to be care to make sure that we allow others to disagree and to share their points of view.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      You have bought into the biggest bunch of baloney and you are totally blind to it. Every last word of your post drips with ignorance.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • RichardSRussell

      I am delighted to see that, with 85% of US citizens claiming to be Christian, you have detected a complete lack of ethics.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Dennis

      Voice of Reason:

      So every part of it.... Does that include the part about

      "we have to be careful to make sure that we allow others to disagree and to share their points of view."

      It sounds like you are not tolerant of me having a different belief or opinion than you. But that's okay, you have a right to your opinion and that was my main point.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Dangle66

      Where do you Christians keep coming up with the idea that somehow our morals are eroding? This is statistically the best time in recorded history to be alive. I'm pretty sure the Native American’s and slaves from our past would certainly disagree with this thinking... and we were more religious during those times. I know you mean well, like most Christians but you’re blinded by what you think is true… not what is true.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • JonnyJive5

      @Dangle66
      So true. It seems that ignorant people always claim that things are getting worse all the time and it's "obvious" that the end times are soon. Infant mortality rates have never been lower and age expectancy has never been higher!!

      April 14, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  19. Lilith

    Why not just pray that everyone finds God? If that doesn't work there are two reasons:
    1. God said no .. in that case why pray at all, God already has a plan and it's blasphemous for anyone to question God.
    -or-
    2. There is no God .. & praying only makes you feel good about yourself but does nothing else. Which is not a bad thing.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • LOL

      Now there's some deep theological thinking for all you kiddies!

      April 14, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  20. pastafaria

    This cracks me up. Cameron's "comeback" is making low budget films with no-name amateur actors, whereas Leonardo DiCaprio, who played a minor temporary role in the sit-com that Cameron starred in, has emerged as one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and is currently Martin Scorsese's "go to" actor. Apparently those who can't do, preach.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:00 am |
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