Published on March 6th, 2012 | by Michael Hansen1
On Kirk Cameron
I accidentally tuned into Piers Morgan when former teen star Kirk Cameron was on, but I quickly changed the channel because I knew I wouldn’t like what I heard. (Yes, I know. I advocate engaging people with different views. And I normally do try to listen to people with whom I disagree. But I felt justified in turning the dial this time.) At first I just wanted to let this blow over, like these things always do. But after careful reconsideration, I decided that the reason I turned the dial was justifiable and that I needed to talk about it.
Below is what I posted just a short time ago on my Facebook page. Feel free to share it, paraphrase it, be inspired by it, hate it, love it … just do something with it. Ignorance under the guise of moral articulation is still ignorance. Hate hidden beneath a veil of love and religious expression is still hate. The cost of not calling this sort of belief what it is — harmful to society as a whole and gays individually — is far too high for me to remain silent any longer.
I get freedom of speech. I get tolerance of alternative viewpoints. I get loving all humans despite disagreements. I am pro-all of that. But don’t expect for one fraction of a second that I won’t vehemently speak out against every word of this nonsense. It is far more hateful and pernicious to single out an entire group of people as “detrimental” and “destructive” than it is to love someone of the same sex.
Want proof? Google suicide and depression rates among LGBT persons. You’ll find higher (much higher!) rates for gays than heterosexuals. Guess what: It is not because homosexuality is a mental defect. It is because these people, these human beings, have been told that their innate characteristics — those of love and attraction — are “detrimental” and “destructive” to “the foundations of civilization” and that they are “of Satan.” It’s because they’ve been told their feelings are unnatural, unclean, and “unworthy of the institution of marriage.”
Inflicting this sort of mental and emotional wound on a single class of people is the real deleterious behavior and I want it to be acknowledged as such.
I want to end with sources to the things I referred to in this rant, because I want to be fair to those who may not know the difference between hate and moral judgment … or even the recent history of comments to which I referred. So, here are some of my favorites:
1) Kirk Cameron says ‘Homosexuality is unnatural’
2) Marcus Bachmann: Gays are ‘Barbarians’ Who ‘Need To Be Educated’ And ‘Disciplined’
3) Rick Santorum compares homosexuality to “man on dog”
“Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that’s what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality — “
4) Rush Limbaugh being Rush Limbaugh:
“When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it’s an invitation.”
5) Tony Perkins says homosexuality is harmful to society:
“… the research that we put out that suggest very clearly that homosexual behavior is harmful not only to society but more importantly to the individuals who engage in that behavior. Not just homosexual behavior but sexual promiscuity and that’s the research empirical peer research that we use as we shape public policy and we think to be silent on that would be hateful.”