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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. martog

    Ten Reasons You Know you are an Atheist.
    1. You were likely brought up a theist (probably a Christian if you live in the USA) and had to do your own thinking to rise above the beliefs that still occupy the mind of the believer. This usually involved being smart and working hard at school and college so as to get a good, accurate view of the natural Universe and overcoming significant social pressure to dumb yourself down and conform. In short, you had the guts to ask the hard questions and the brains to spot the weak answers. The more you came to understand the Universe, the less reason there was to believe in a god and the more you came to appreciate human nature, the more you understood why billions of us still do.
    2. While rejecting the supernatural elements of the Bible, you nevertheless retain a large amount of the morality taught today by mainstream Christianity. To the extent you reject Christian morality, it is where it is mean spirited – such as in the way it seeks to curtail freedoms or oppose the rights of $exual minorities. In most other respects, your basic moral outlook is indistinguishable from that of the liberal Christian – you just don’t need the mother of all carrots and sticks hanging over your head in order to act in a manner that you consider moral.
    3. You know a great deal more about the Bible than most believers. This is because you took the time to read it yourself and did not rely on the primary-color simple stories you learned in Sunday school. You have also probably done some research into the historical Jesus and have a good handle on where he REALLY fit in to the broader picture of the Middle East at the time. Needless to say, his miracles and other magic powers soon started to look pretty unlikely.
    4. Your knowledge of basic science and history is much stronger than that of your average believer. You likely have a basic working knowledge of physics, astronomy, evolutionary biology and cosmology and a good idea of the history of life on this planet. This acc.umulated knowledge puts you in a position to judge the claims of the Bible in a critical light and they are almost always found wanting. To the theist, this makes you “elitist” and ‘arrogant”.
    5. You relish your role as a religious minority in the USA, as this gives you an impetus to fight and you understand how others with unpopular, but doubtlessly correct views have felt throughout history. There is something altogether satisfying to you about having a deep conviction you are right and being viewed with disdain for your views by the errant majority. You feel a quiet confidence that future generations will look back on you as a member of a class of trailblazers, as religious supersti.tions go into inevitable decline in popularity.
    6. You are likely more environmentally aware than your theist friends and colleagues and unlikely to fall for claims of industry and wind-bag politicians concerning the impact of man’s activities on the environment. You could no more act in an environmentally irresponsible manner because “god will keep us safe” than you could jump of a ship, believing King Neptune will keep you safe.
    7. You generally have a live and let live atti.tude, but will fiercely defend any attempts by theists to thrust their views on you or your children, directly or through control of school boards, the legislature or the executive. While you are prepared to debate and argue passionately with the theist on an intellectual level, you would never wish them harm or ill will. You know you are likely to be smugly told you will “burn in hell for all eternity” for your healthy skepticism. This highlights what you despise about religion, as you would not wish a bad sunburn on another, simply because they have a different religious view to you. You have never heard of an evolutionary biologist strapping a bomb to himself and running into a church yelling “Darwin-u akbar”.
    8. You likely know more about other religions than your average theist. This makes you less fearful of them and enables you to see parallels. You realize that, if you were born in India, you would have been brought up with a totally different religion. You realize that every culture that has ever existed has had its own god(s) and they always favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams and prejudices. They cannot all exist and you see the error all faiths make of thinking only theirs exist(s). This “rising above” the regional nature of all religions was probably instrumental in your achieving atheism.
    9. You likely have a deep, genuine appreciation of the fathomless beauty and unbelievable complexity of our Universe, from the 4 nucleotides that orchestrate every aspect of you, through to the distant quasars, without having to think it was all made for you. You likely get more out of being the irrelevant ant staring up at the cosmos than you do in having to pretend that it was all made to turn in majestic black-and-white pirouette about you.
    10. While you have a survival instinct, you cannot fear death in the way the theist does. You know that the whole final judgment story, where you may be sent to hell if you fail, is Dark Ages nonsense meant to keep the Church’s authority. You also know that you were dead for 13,700,000,000 years before you were born. It is impossible for you to fear death, for the simple reason that you know the capacity to fear (or to feel pain or discomfort) itself dies. You will not even know you are dead. Fear of death is as meaningless to you as is the fear of a vacuum, the fear of not being born. You feel a lot more secure, and indeed a deep comfort, in this knowledge, than you would in trying to yoke yourself to some quasi-hope that every part of your intellect tells you is untenable.

    April 14, 2012 at 7:08 am |
    • Help Me, Rhonda

      Well said Martog, well said. May God bless you. (just kidding!) (see what I did there?)

      April 14, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • natalee

      Exactly! Well said

      April 14, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      martog – But what if you're wrong ? Doesn't sound like you have much of a soul anyway...so enjoy your time in that deep, dark hole of yours !

      April 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      @Nanook – Ever hear of Pasqual's Wager. Look it up, and then read all about why your statement has no real basis in fact or reality. Seriously, I'm AMAZED at the amount of total ignorance about religon and where it came from in the world today.

      April 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • The real Kirk Cameron

      I couldn't understand can you use smaller words?

      April 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  2. RobinC

    The thing that rings so clearly in Kirk's interview and the comments after is this: He was asked questions, he stated his belief and never once called anyone a name or got hostile.. hmmm can the same be said of those who left many of these posts and/ or the celebs who attacked what he believes?
    I am proud of Kirk Cameron for standing up for what he believes in , he could have become one of the many countless stars who resort to drugs, 10 marriages and misery.. I'd say he' s a pretty happy guy.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • mb2010a

      Hmmmm...probably laughing all the way to the bank.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:53 am |
    • rick

      unless, of course, evangelism IS his drug

      April 14, 2012 at 6:57 am |
    • miscreantsall

      And YOU know about his personal life because……………….why? Are you a close relative or neighbor? Have you had breakfast with him or gone to a movie?

      If yes, then thank you for your insight.

      If no, then you are an idiot.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • mb2010a

      In life we each have our own "crosses to bear". In Kirk's case, it is apparently his religious beliefs...

      April 14, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      Robin C – I totally agree ! What a great way to dedicate your life and set an example for others 🙂

      April 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  3. mb2010a

    He's in it for the money...since he can't act and has no place in movies or TV. He has to support those six kids of his some how.
    Typical for an aging child star with no real talent...

    April 14, 2012 at 6:47 am |
  4. dave

    Why does this 80s sitcom actor think christianity needs him. I never liked this kid and we are the same age–He seems fuity to me and boyish. I'm all for christianity but i don't take orders from that kid–matter of fact i like to smack him around a little bit and show him that he doesn't know everythign about Jesus and Jesus does not need him. Someday that will happen to that kid from a white guy like me and he will have the shock of his life-

    April 14, 2012 at 6:41 am |
    • mjbrin

      i am thinking Christianity doesn't need Kirk, it is more likely that Kirk needs it, he needs a job to keep living in the lifestyle he has grown accustomed to and Christianity is meeting this need. plus he gets the public "adoration" he misses from the 80's

      April 14, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      Hey Dave, time to put the bong down and come out of mom's basement :-/.

      April 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  5. EndTheHate

    Mr. Cameron

    Please read this with a earnest heart and pray about it.

    Matthew 7:1-5
    1DO NOT judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.
    2For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.
    3Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother's eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye?
    4Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam of timber in your own eye?
    5You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother's eye.

    Luke 6:37
    "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

    Romans 2:1
    1)You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:41 am |
    • Laurie

      It's interesting to me that everyone is slamming because you think he's politically incorrect and he does not know God and then someone who professes to know God offers the prediction that some (see Dave above) believe in Christianity but would like to beat Kirk up. Hmmmm then there is EndTheHate who quotes lots of scripture about things like judging others. Last time I studied that part it does say don't judge but it doesn't say God prohibits personal opinion. And then there's Rosanne Barr, always a reputable resource for religious views who now blames Kirk for hate crimes against gays. I'm confused since when does ones opinion mean hate and if I remember correctly Kirk said he doesn't agree with their life choices!!! He doesn't say go out and attack them. The great thing is that while you hate mongers are so quick to label Kirk a crazed lunatic for his beliefs and zealous religious speaking just makes me think of John the Baptist. Now cool your jets I'm not saying that Kirk is John the baptist, just seeing lots of similarities regarding what they did and the response they got from the masses.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:09 am |
    • mjbrin

      this is to Laurie:
      the hate is on going with the Baptistssaying Catholics worship idols the Jehovah Witnesses trying to convert everyone, the non denominationals trying to figure out who they are because everyone else is saying their "religion" is the only right one, the Methodists and Episcopalians trying to figure out if gays are true Christians or not, and on and on and on and on........which Christian religion is Kirk promoting?

      April 14, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • EndTheHate

      Laurie

      Proverbs 6:16-19

      16)These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
      17)A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
      18)An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
      19)A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      Re-read the last paragraph...or did you bother to read the article at all ??

      April 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      My comment was for EndTheHate... and LAURIE, well-said dear !!

      April 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  6. zalphaprimus

    It says something deep when the highlight of one's life is cut short by Leonardo Di Caprio.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:40 am |
  7. hesalive

    I've been saved thirty five years and I can explain my theology in 2 words: He's alive. It's not about America, it's about Jesus.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      hesalive/Debulator/taxpayinghorse...It is so refreshing to read a positive article on CNN about a former sitcom actor who dedicates his life to Jesus...instead of drugs, alcohol and failed marriages and who is leading his family toward a good goal. As he makes each of his movies, they become more popular, thereby gaining larger earnings so that the next one can be a little bit better in quality (and actually hire some actors !). God Bless Kirk Cameron !

      April 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  8. Debulator

    You'll never know how much respect I have for Kirk. He has more courage than I could ever hope for. Stay the course Kirk. God will continue to honor your faith.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:30 am |
    • taxpayinghorse

      A-Men! He is an example for many to follow. A shame our politician's dont think the same way.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • Karen Dowdall

      Kirk has good intentions, however, his historical information about the beginings of religion in America, let alone the beginings of religion around the world has no basis in historical fact what so ever. I would ask Kirk to read the following seminal and diverse historical works: The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin, Early American Writing by by Giles Gunn, The American College & University: A History by Frederick Rudolph, Essentials of Philosophy by James Mannion, 1491 by Charle C. Mann, and World History by William l. Lange. This would give Kirk a begining basis to learn about Chistianity and its place in the world historically. Kirk, unfortunately has little knowledge about christianity what it really means and how it is to be understood in the world.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:03 am |
  9. Ron Koons

    You GO Kirk!!! It's about time someone from Hollywood have a spine and share their faith.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:22 am |
    • rick

      don't you mean someone has the spine to share YOUR faith?

      April 14, 2012 at 7:00 am |
    • mb2010a

      This all reminds me of Tom Cruise and his support of the Church of Scientology...I would put them in the same class. Although Tom's movies are much better...

      April 14, 2012 at 7:33 am |
  10. Jon

    How is any of this news? Cameron has been out of his mind for a long time. Hes an open evolution denier for gods sake!

    This article is poorly written and seems to ignore the fact that Cameron has zero academic credability and that no one of any stature in the scientific, or religious community for that matter; has ever taken him seriously.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:20 am |
    • hesalive

      The truth apparently hurts. Jesus offers grace, though, to anyone willing to admit their sinfulness, renounce it, and follow Him.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:29 am |
    • Kevin

      @hesalive I have something for you to follow, right here.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:44 am |
  11. martog

    Top Ten Signs You're a Christian
    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:20 am |
    • hesalive

      I've been saved for35 years and I can explain my theology in 2 words: He's alive.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:30 am |
    • martog

      He's alive eh? What city is he in? I know he Saves too.....what bank does he use. He must be rich since he knows EVERYTHING before it happens!!!! You are delusional, please seek help from a trained professional.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • lb333

      Well said! Thanks!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:55 am |
    • pablo

      Hey MARTOG,
      those 10 come from you and your defintions. In the Bible, the word Christian was only used 3 times and funny thing is it was used just like you used it.... describing people they did not like. The Bible does not have a definition of Christian. The people who believe that Jesus rose from the dead were called "people of the way" these Christ followeres had specific instructions on how to live as diciples of Christ. Number 1 was to love one another and they owe it to God to love others.
      Some people take on the lable of Christian are not followers of Christ nor diciples who share His love and belive he rose from the dead. Our "Christian" label was hijacked long ago and yes many people who call themselves Christian
      are anything but. How ever you feel about other people and how they act is irrelevent. Seek out a real diciple of Christ
      and see what he has to offer.... You haven't heard Jesus screaming at anyone lately... it's not because he isn't here.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • taxpayinghorse

      I am a Christian, but I do not laugh at others beliefs like your blog says I do or turn purple or any of the things you say in your blog. I certainly don't hate anyone for their beliefs or in my mind or heart put them down. I do feel sad for their eternal soul and wish I could make a difference. If you ever get a chance read the entire Bible though. It has sure given me much to think on and my views have become more expanded.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • martog

      Well Pablow.......Where is he? You claim he is here, bring him out and let's see him! If he' s here, why does he need irrational people such as yourself to speak for him????? Religion is a joke. Manmade BS to rule the masses and you fall for it hook line and sinker.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  12. Some Gay History

    Baron von Steuben, driven from Prussia's military and unable to find military work in Europe due to his preference for men, offered his military services to George Washington, who was aware of Steuben's orientation and reason for leaving Europe. Steuben arrived at Valley Forge in the winter of 1776, and turned the rag-tag army into a fighting machine which could defeat the British. Steuben's drills and tactics are still the basis of American military training. This is history which many prefer to ignore.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • jim

      All eastern europeans are gay. Especially those freaky dutch dog and donky bangers. You should move there you would fit in.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • hesalive

      God offers salvation through Christ to anyone who's willing to admit their sins, renounce them, and follow Christ. There is no other way to God than through Christ. It's a serious situation with very high stakes.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:32 am |
  13. Blackbeard

    Way to go Cameron!!! May God bless you for standing up for righteousness. Look at the negative responses. Proves what the Word says...in the last days good will be evil and evil will be good. They can explain their liberal anti God views to Jesus on Judgement Day. LOL

    April 14, 2012 at 6:11 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      You keep drinking that koolaid while the rest of us live in reality!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:29 am |
    • zalphaprimus

      I'm not anti-god. I'm pro-reality.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:42 am |
  14. Truth

    May the Lord bless you and cause his face to shine upon you Kurt. You are a true light in the darkness.

    Matthew 5 >>
    Aramaic Bible in Plain English
    .

    10Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the cause of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

    11Blessed are you whenever they revile you and persecute you and they say every evil word against you for my sake, in falsehood. 12Then rejoice and triumph, because your reward is great in Heaven, for just so they persecuted The Prophets who were before you.
    13You are the salt of the earth, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will it be salted? It is good for nothing except to be thrown outside and to be trodden upon by people.
    14You are the light of the world. You cannot hide a city that has been built upon a mountain. 15And they do not light a lamp and set it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all those who are in the house. 16Thus your light will shine before the children of men that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:06 am |
  15. Amber

    Liberal haters show up right on cue.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • xplrr13

      "Whatsoever you do unto even the least of my brethren, you do also unto me."

      April 14, 2012 at 5:57 am |
  16. Scott

    Is this guy on drugs? He seems seriously deluded. Thankfully he is so far out there now his views don't have much impact.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:42 am |
  17. Willyboy

    Unlikely voice, and brutally rebuked...
    'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZRI0E0SjHw

    April 14, 2012 at 5:33 am |
  18. bill.eskdale@gmail.com

    I wonder if his movie addresses the Jefferson Bible (he cut out most of it and only kept the parts exactly attributed as Christ's words). Or whether this movie discusses the fact that at least some of the founders were Deists (they believed that God set the world in motion like a big machine and then stepped back to watch it and that he didn't actively intervene in people's lives). If they are talking about the founding fathers I wonder if they addressed the fact that they were not all of the same religion and then I wonder how this movie addresses the founder's belief in separation of church and state? From what I read and heard, sounds like another religious fundy bending the facts to suit his personal need and to impose on others. Organized religion is a bad thing.

    April 14, 2012 at 4:48 am |
    • Belin

      The intended meaning of separation of church and state in the beginning of our country was intended to keep the state out of churches, but not the churches out of state. The forefathers of our country fled here to be able to practice their religions without persecution. I have studied this. But to make it simple for some, just look at our pledge of allegence to our country, "one nation under God with liberty and justice for all."

      April 14, 2012 at 5:30 am |
    • Jeff

      So true..and the language "one nation under God with liberty and justice for all" was not from the original founders of the United States...It was added in 1954 by paranoid red scare fanatics...

      April 14, 2012 at 5:38 am |
    • Jeff

      From Jefferson:
      “And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.” —Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

      April 14, 2012 at 5:41 am |
    • Jeff

      More from Jefferson:

      "Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."

      "I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

      "Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies."

      "To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, God, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no God, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart. At what age of the Christian church this heresy of immaterialism, this masked atheism, crept in, I do not know. But a heresy it certainly is. Jesus told us indeed that 'God is a spirit,' but he has not defined what a spirit is, nor said that it is not matter. And the ancient fathers generally, if not universally, held it to be matter: light and thin indeed, an etherial gas; but still matter." [letter to John Adams, August 15, 1820]

      "Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites." [Notes on Virginia]

      "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes" [Letter to von Humboldt, 1813].

      April 14, 2012 at 5:47 am |
    • Gm

      @belim go do some more 'studying'. Not only did you (ironicly?) leave out the word 'indivisible', but you included 'under god' which was a later addition which ruined the poetic flow of the original pledge.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:48 am |
    • AdmrlAckbar

      Such a polarized view of organized religion. Lemme guess, "it's the devil!".. Zealots and mindless evangelicals on both ends of the belief spectrum are equally nuts and both feel superior in equally disturbing ways.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:48 am |
    • mjbrin

      "one nation under god" was introduced by a catholic bishop in 1954 but what is odd to me is that all the protestants at the time were saying that catholics needed to be saved because they worshipped idols and felt the pope had too much power

      April 14, 2012 at 6:49 am |
  19. dont be a sucker

    W-O-W

    "New" niche ???...He's been doing this for some 15+ years

    Way to re-hash old stories and portray them as "Modern News" CNN

    :serious rolling of the eyes:

    April 14, 2012 at 4:43 am |
    • AdmrlAckbar

      When the belief stories run dry.. so does the web traffic cash... just state your polarized opinion and move on.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:45 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Well Kirk Cameron is a rising positive star on the traditional Christian side and any type of traditional Christian worship or observance is against many of the Belief Blog values.

      I used to think that the Belief Blog editors were anti Religion but I come to belief that they are just anti any positive traditional Christian worship.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:48 am |
  20. Spangler

    The faithful know the only named abomination in the NT is Luke 16:15 where Jesus calls the love of money an abomination.
    Many more speeches need to be given about this one.

    April 14, 2012 at 4:42 am |
    • guerito

      here is the actual wording...
      1 Timothy 6:10:
      10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

      and while we are at it....
      1 corinthians 6: 9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

      10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

      11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:32 am |
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