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03/22/2012

FRC says Kirk Cameron 'simply disagreed' on marriage, on par with Obama; is lying

by Jeremy Hooper

I've already expressed frustration at the reliably responsibility-shirking way his far-right defenders keep overlooking the part of Kirk Screen Shot 2012-03-22 At 8.14.24 AmCameron's comments that actually earned the ire (e.g. "unnatural… I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization") and instead focus only on the '80s teen star's resistance to marriage equality. But the Family Research Council's intellectually bankrupt take on the matter truly takes the duplicitous cake:

This month, Kirk Cameron took on his toughest role yet--as a spokesman for traditional values. After the media threw everything but the kitchen sink at the "Growing Pains" star for supporting marriage, he frustrated them even more by refusing to back down. During an interview on the "Today" show, Kirk was the picture of 1 Peter 3:15, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you… but do this with gentleness and respect." Even when Ann Curry suggested that his views "might encourage people to… mistreat people," he politely disagreed, saying, "Nobody should mistreat anyone."

Did anyone accuse Barack Obama of hate speech when he said marriage is between a man and woman during the campaign? Of course not. Her line of questioning only exposes the media's bias on the subject. These days, if you simply disagree with homosexuals, people like Ann Curry make the leap that you're encouraging abuse

Curry Spices up Marriage Debate [FRC]

Yeah, FRC? Saying that an entire minority group is "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization" is how a Christian "simply disagrees"? Wait a second, where is that in the Bible? Oh, I know -- is that the part about not casting stones (*unless you're on CNN on a Friday night and your target is one of the last groups of humans whose public shunning is still publicly palatable or even encouraged?) that the far-right seems to hold so dear? Somehow I always miss that part.

Oh, and really, FRC? The same Barack Obama who FRC so routinely knocks for being a gay advocate has viciously flogged LGBT people as "unnatural," "detrimental," and "destructive" at some point when none of us were listening? When was that, FRC? Because I can guarantee you that if the President had said something like what Kirk Cameron said, the outcry would be tenfold. From Curry. From social media. From GLAAD. From every LGBT person around.


But you all go ahead and keep bearing false witness, acting like sunlight is silencing, discrimination is "defense," Ann Curry is more activist than journalist, and beyond-the-pale comments about LGBT human beings are "simple disagreement" on the subject of marriage. The rest of us will stick with actuality.

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