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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. erich2112x

    i just don't want to get to the pearly Gates and St. peter's there and he says, " Hey, you know that punishing God you used to mock– the one you warned folks about–that sock puppet show you did for your liberal friends that night, reenacting the Garden Of Eden, when you'd had to much to drink...Yeah, that one, well I hate to tell you this but....that's right, over your left shoulder, here he comes."

    April 14, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • mjbrin

      and if he is the forgiving god he is claimed to be then no one need worry because he knows the liberals accept everyone

      April 14, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • God doesn't like religion

      It's called faith, not hedging your bet. If you are "religious" out of FEAR then you have accomplished nothing. I think religion is the worst form of abuse this planet has ever conceived. Religion is all about power, money and exclusion, sorta like a fraternity.

      April 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  2. jw

    The bible is a fiction. There is no such thing as "god." There is no judgement. Save your time and money and think for yourselves! WOW what a concept!

    April 14, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • worktolive

      I will say a prayer for you. Someday you may really regret your non belief.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • esoteric1

      Hye Worktolive....FYI you don't "believe" in a book....you believe in a God.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Flippy1124

      @worktolive...and I will think for you

      April 14, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • esoteric1

      don't go too far...the real problem is that for a rational person...who is not certain about God as fiction surely understand The Bible was written by man.

      April 14, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  3. esoteric1

    Just another pretentious child actor who growing up with the worlds attention feels disconnected and lonely in a crowd of false admirers, finding an addiction to give them some real feeling of happiness. Cocain, booz, religion...the addiction does not matter because the symptoms are the same....an empty, life where freindships are not erned but given, must be filled with something, wether it be drugs or religion...at least his addiction will help him live a long healthy life but that does not mean his message has any value...because it does not.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Oh really?

      Hmmm...so his addiction will help him live a long healthy life but has no value? How absurd is that statement!

      April 14, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • esoteric1

      Oh reilly....you don't have to be an evangelical to not do drugs if you are a strong INATELY good person who makes good choices....remember his "message' is for others to hear...he could keep it to himself and live the way he does instead of attempting to use religiouse scare tactics to influence others in the name of God.

      April 14, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  4. worktolive

    I so agree with you, Kirk. Can't wait to see your new film "Monumental". I finished reading the book," Red Sky in the Morning" and it also describes how our country is going to destruct because we no longer put out faith in God and he will turn his back on us. He has blessed America for so many years-that is going to end. Too bad people will not listen or believe.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • esoteric1

      Really..so we are far less moral a country than say 150 years ago you would agree? You know back when slavery was legal and we systematically exterminated the indians as well as everything else like buffalo. Oh and lets not forget the good ol days, when we were a rightiouse nation, you know when the KKK burned crosses and hung black people in the 50's and 60's. Ya we were much better then...i mean now we have evil things like counterception and gay marriage...you are an obsequious fool...google that worsd as i am sure you don't know what it means.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • Oh really?

      esoteric1, and the evils you speak of we're largely perpetrated by unbelievers.

      April 14, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • Flippy1124

      @ Oh Relly....HAHAHAHAH good one

      April 14, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • esoteric1

      Oreally....many "believers" have committed horrific crimes in the name of religion as you well know....if The Bible were irrefutably true...and devinely inspired mankind would clearly understand its ONE meaning and there would be no argument...that fact is that is FAR from true supporting the fact that it is as imperfect as mankind proving it was written by the ladder and not God.

      April 14, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  5. Welled

    I swear you people are stuck on railroad tracks and nothing can get you off of them. Ever see the train coming? Its called the end of your life waiting for the rich to get theres when Jesus swoops in. By then its to late your railroad meat.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Carol

      Your post mostly sounds like you are invoking Pascal's Wager, but your text is so clumsy that I'm not sure.

      So, which side are you on, if any?

      April 14, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • esoteric1

      Carol...it is never a bad idea to live a life based on many of the bibles teachings...and as Pascal postulates, beliefe or living a life based on it is 'risk managment" if you will...just in case it is all true and with the added benifit of living a good life even if it is not

      April 14, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  6. Vic

    Love how this dude messed his life up ... Then Finds Jesus and tries to push it on everybody. C'mon... Like he knows something that us non effups don't? What makes him so special?

    I'm glad he found the strength and way out out of his drunken drugged up slumber but stop trying to push your beliefs on others. You know NOTHING!!

    April 14, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Oh really?

      Vic, did you miss the last paragraph? He's not "pushing" anything on you.

      “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.”

      April 14, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  7. just sayin

    this is so true...even i'm not smart enough to dispute it

    "If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were pas.sed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.”

    Penn Jillette

    April 14, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Carol

      Yes. So true.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Mirosal

      If it's true, then why dispute it?

      April 14, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Flippy1124

      Excellent quote

      April 14, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Oh really?

      Ever read "Lord of the Flies"?

      BTW even if you wiped religion out you would never wipe GOD and Christ out because he is the Creator not the created. If you ever come to understand the reality of the human condition you will understand the reality of our need for redemption. There's the starting point. For further instruction read the gospel of John.

      April 14, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • Flippy1124

      @oh Really? Right, only your god is the right one, only your religion

      April 14, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • esoteric1

      Carol...hard to believe you would agree with this...it essentially says science is truth and religion is made up.

      April 14, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  8. Imbecile

    A new niche? He's been playing an obnoxious christian longer than he ever played Mike Seaver. And neither role was worth any of the attention he got for either.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • Carol

      Funny too that a "god" would let someone like him do advertising for them. Yet another sign that Christian beliefs are rubbish.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • PEB

      They are the ones writing the report right? I am sure that they called him on the phone drove to his place and interviewed him. He was not selling his wares at your door step he did not claim to have won the lottery he was trying to get your attention. How is he trying to get more attention by doing this. Do you while you do your business think that you are trying to get fame? How short sighted you are.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  9. Welled

    So on a higher plain. Its more like religous pacifism to me to keep in line the religous with a hell that was never ever mentioned in the OT. Inserted "books" of the bible are nothing new either. Now the Athiest might want to consider. If they went to that much trouble to "pacify" people into religion. What makes you so special? If you think they are going for intelligence here your mistaken. You just like the religous. They want you at work and well behaved. Just waiting for the day when something reasonable and rational comes along. Waiting to tell the truth and blow the doors off of all this religous hooey. Meanwhile the people that swindel everything with paper. Are running away with your labor and work and your lives. With things like paying 30 years on a home that only took three months to build. Or a big screen television that is nothing more than a circut board. Its not about the paper or cash. That they have plenty of. They need your labor or work to build, maintain, ship, transport and stack all of their assets. Meanwhile you get your little bit to do it all. Don't be a fool.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • JPX

      What in the world are you rambling about? Re-read what you wrote, you sound like a crazy person.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • worktolive

      The Old Testament is history – we should be living by the New Testament which does mention hell and the lake of fire and brimstone for those who refuse to repent their sins and follow Christ.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • Vic

      I feel you Welled! Hey JPX ... Read it again and see if you can fit that statement into your mind... Try it!!

      April 14, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  10. palintwit

    Studies have proven time and time again that there is a higher incidence of incest among those families living in the southern bible belt. Particularily those residing in trailer parks.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • PEB

      And obviously you are form the south

      April 14, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  11. Lucy

    I love his last sentence... 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.” RESPECT HIS. Those who live in anti-Christianity practices should RESPECT the Christian's practice...not bash and hate. Funny how they want respect but won't give it. I would dare say they are the hateful & judgemental ones.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  12. CCOKC

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

    April 14, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • Rob

      Once again CNN attacks someones faith,To the readers here that do not think we have a God and do not think that sin and hell are real. Please look into the accounts of people that have died and have been brought back to life. To me its so shocking to hear what they have to say. As a Christian Man, the bible can be somewhat hard to understand, so many rules and what we should and should not do. But just keep it simple, Jesus said just belive in me for everlasting life. And if you are think this is funny or upsets you, Just know I care about you either way.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • esoteric1

      Rob....ever stop to think that if The Bible were The true Gospel from God that it would be unversal to all, refutable to none and we would all agree 100% on its value and meaning and not have to spend all this time "convincing' others of its truth? It was written by man to control men and uses Gods power for it enforcement.

      April 14, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  13. Welled

    One day in your life and you may look back. You may see the facts and figure. That the people that get everything all the assets. That have you working for food and a place to live. Were purposefully dividing you against one another. So you would never figure them as the problem. Religion vs the athiest or even gay. Religous believers of course had their book or much of it that is in there drawn up by the cash printers or debt merchants. The ones that should be aware are the athiests or those that don't buy into much of the drivil. That they are believers in government and that they will change things for the better. Both have huge stakes in their government either as "founded" by religious people or stake their claim in freedom of religion. Either way they are "believers". Its really foolish to trust another man or believe in them or him. It's just not a "natural" thing for a man to do. This purposefull division leaves the religous people justified there is some kind of devil and this is all true. They never consider the same angst they have at the people who own everything that put so much effort into this stuff could have people on the payroll that "devil" it up for them on purpose. It could be a whole country or province that loves playing the religious gets paid well or has jobs because of it. On the flip side the athiest or one that dosen't believe in a lot of the religious garbage. Should realize their very presence and opposition just drives the religous on even further into their delusion. The atheist delusion is a stake in that freedom of religion is a relativly new concept and not an age old thing where people were not fooled when someone whipped up a new religion and just sat back and watched the fools who went for it.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • hesalive

      Having met King Jesus we're not remotely moved by anything you have to say. On the contrary, pride and sin separate you from your savior. If you leave the earth without having repented you'll deeply regret it. King Jesus offers salvation to you on a daily basis, though. He makes this life exponentially better as well as saves you from certain judgment and eternity with satan in hell.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "Having met King Jesus we're not remotely moved by anything you have to say. On the contrary, pride and sin separate you from your savior. If you leave the earth without having repented you'll deeply regret it. King Jesus offers salvation to you on a daily basis, though. He makes this life exponentially better as well as saves you from certain judgment and eternity with satan in hell."

      You've met Jesus? LIAR!!!

      Sin is only a christard term...it has no meaning otherwise.

      Where is the verifiable evidence for your threat to us? How do you live with yourself knowing you have wished harm upon people? Who taught you your morals because wishing harm upon anyone, no matter the context is not moral but instead evil?

      April 14, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Mirosal

      To quote Monty Python ... "He isn't my king. I didn't vote for him". So was this a face to face meet you had with this "king"? How did you converse? Tweet, fax, e-mail, text, did "he" magically appear at the foot of your bed at 3AM, or maybe it was telepathy? We'd like to know, and since you met him, tell us ... are the artists and painters right with the drawings? You met him, or so you say ... so help us put a face on "it".

      April 14, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  14. heyheyhey

    Even if I was uber Christian he is still a bit on the annooooyyying side.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  15. Flip

    Kirk Cameron is a religious fruitcake!! God and religion have NO place in politics or in the public school system!! Other than that I'm glad our country has the freedom of religion and speech so that idiots like Kirk Cameron can make themselves look like complete and total hypocrites and morons!!

    April 14, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • lordshipmayhem

      Kirk "Banana Boy" Cameron is an idiot, studying hard to be a moron and flunking the course. His course instructors are demonstrable liars peddling fraudulent ideas and long-debunked concepts. He deserves to be ignored, not featured on CNN as a paragon of virtue. If you cannot ignore him, you should point and laugh.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Gary

      God has a place EVERYWHERE. You just haven't had your eyes opened yet. But, I pray that God will draw you to Him soon and then you, too, will understand. But , until then, yourself and others will find Kirk's viewpoint to be foolishness.
      1 Corinthians 2:14 says " For natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him;neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. "
      So, friend , pray to be drawn to God and what you now call foolishness will become wisdom and understanding.
      Probably the last thing you want to hear but I'm praying for you as soon as I Post this comment.
      In His name,
      Gary

      April 14, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Flippy1124

      @Gary...and I'll think for you as soon as I post mine.

      April 14, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  16. Phyl

    I command Kirk for standing up against this sick SIN! read Romans 1: 21-32. For all of you who don't own a bible, go to church and borrow one!!! God doesn't hate the sinner...HE hates the sin. Just remember...there is a judgment day..God will have HIS "say"..

    April 14, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • sybaris

      Go read a can of soup. There is much more verifiable information there than in your bible.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • lordshipmayhem

      And he will prove his love by having you burn in hell for all eternity, alongside all of those who died long before the missionaries reached their little piece of the Earth and didn't have a chance of being "saved".

      April 14, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Mirosal

      Phyl is a typica lchristard ... "my way is the right way, everyone else is wrong and will be punished". ... yep, typical threats from the religious "right". "Believe what I believe or my god will fry you forever". That isn't love, that's coersion, and in this country, coersion is illegal. Ever notice how the religious 'right' is very seldom, if ever, right?

      April 14, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • JM79

      I command you to learn how to spell commend, or to be condemned.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • Gary

      God has a place EVERYWHERE. You just haven't had your eyes opened yet. But, I pray that God will draw you to Him soon and then you, too, will understand. But , until then, yourself and others will find Kirk's viewpoint to be foolishness.
      1 Corinthians 2:14 says " For natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him;neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. "
      So, friend , pray to be drawn to God and what you now call foolishness will become wisdom and understanding.
      Probably the last thing you want to hear but I'm praying for you as soon as I Post this comment.
      In His name,
      Gary

      April 14, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Gary

      sorry Phyl. some how my reply to someone else got posted to you. Was meant to post as a reply to the guy who said God had no place in schools.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  17. heyheyhey

    Sorry Kirk/dude your far to annoying.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • Phyl

      You might wish Kirk was on your side some day.....be easy on him. Isn;t it sad how people are bashing Kirk and the only thing he is guilty of is just standing up for what is wrong.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • sybaris

      Phyl, KC can stand up for whtever he thinks is wrong as long as it doesn't impinge on my life. And if you don't think he doesn't want a christian theocracy then I have some ocean front property in Kansas to sell you.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • lordshipmayhem

      Phyl, I agree he's standing up for what is wrong. I just wish he'd stand up for what is right, instead.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  18. kuewa

    So, Aitken promoted his edition of the Bible for profit. Centuries later, Barton twists the facts, apparently violating the 9th Commandmant, to make it appear that Congress published a Bible in order to sell a movie– for his profit. And Kirk Cameron defends this twisting of facts since he is starring in that movie. Money appears to be the root of all religion, at least at this level.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:17 am |
  19. Bill

    "There is something seriously sick about Cameron". Who infected him?
    Was it his parents at a very early age. Did a church brainwash him before he had the strength to sense the difference between reality and make believe. He and the Santorums of America need some serious very heavy duty electroshock therapy if they are ever to have any hope of recovery to sanity.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • Phyl

      I'll pray for you BIll....READ the Bible....!!!

      April 14, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • sybaris

      I'll bet Bill did read the bible and that's why he thinks it's just a book filled with myths and legends.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Mirosal

      Phyl, I have read the buy-BULL, and it is the greatest tool for Atheism. You do not need your "holy book" to condone love for anyone, but there's nothing better than that book to condone your hatred for anyone who doesn't believe as you do.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  20. chris

    I have to laugh and chuckle at all these posters who are slamming Kirk Cameron as well as other people who have a faith in a religion. The part that is funny is that all these detractors prop themselves up as smart and insightful. However, it is obvious they have no clue whatsoever about the basis of the religions they are trying to put down. sad, bitter little people – should take a good look in their mirror and see how ignorant, small minded and prejudice they truly are.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • mb2010a

      Sounds like the perfect description of Christians to me...

      April 14, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • sybaris

      Actually Chris, the people that despise religion usually know more about why they don't believe than the sheeple who do.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Terry

      I am left to wonder "What would Jesus do?" when discussing Mr. Cameron. Kirk seems to attack anyone who fails to align with his new belief system, which positions him in the adage, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". I remain a sceptic because the book that guides Kirk's thinking was written, and then re-written, numerous times through the ages, each time by men who today are classified as pedophiles. Religion does create strange bed-fellows.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Mirosal

      It isn't that we Atheists despise your, or anyone else's, religion. We just think it's silly to devote your life to something that in recorded history, not one shred of evidence has ever been found to support the existence of ANY of the thousands upon thousands of "gods" worshipped throughout history. Live your life, live within the laws of your land, help if and when you can, look out for those who cannot fight for themselves, give someone a smile. You do NOT need to read a "holy book" or even mention a "god" when you do those things. It's called being human.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • Copper's Donut Shoppe

      chris it sounds like you missed just about all the teachings of christ. you sound like a judgemental bigot which is what christ preached against.

      April 14, 2012 at 8:42 am |
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