Kirk Cameron Is Confused About What 'Tolerance' Means

Former child star turned religious fanatic Kirk Cameron got himself into a heap of hot water last weekend after telling Piers Morgan that being gay was "unnatural" and that he wouldn't support his child if one of his six kids came out as gay.

Predictably, there was a firestorm following his comments and not everyone accepted them as being cool. What did Cameron expect? You say bigoted, ignorant things and people will be upset.

Now, of course, he is calling the Left hypocrites and asking for tolerance. In an email to ABC News, the former celebrity said:


I should be able to express moral views on social issues, especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years — without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.

Awww. Don't you just feel so bad for little Kirky Cameron? He done had his feelings hurt?

I don't feel bad. Because he is a bigot. I will spell it out nice and clearly for him: "Tolerating" hate speech is the same thing as saying it's OK. With his words, he hurts thousands of people who are loved, who are important, and who have feelings. No, they aren't "unnatural." What is "unnatural," in fact, is that anyone CARES. Why does Kirk Cameron -- an aging has-been whose star has seen brighter days -- even relevant to this discussion?

By not speaking up and condemning what he said, we say it's OK. It isn't. Hate speech is never OK, even when it's his right to say it. Sure, Cameron can express whatever he wants. That is the beauty of the US and our Constitution. But we can also say right back what an incredibly ignorant, bigoted, backward-thinking jerk he is.

Maybe he shouldn't dish it if he can't take it? There is a huge difference between condemning hate speech as what it is and being "intolerant." If it makes me "intolerant" to not want to listen to people who are bigoted or racists or prejudice, well then I am guilty as charged. I don't feel badly about that at all.

Cameron isn't merely expressing an opinion. He is spewing bile. If he thinks that is OK and others should tolerate it, he is living in a different world than I am. When I hear hate speech, I fight it. I steamroll it. I condemn it as the garbage it is.

Do you think we need to "tolerate" speech like Cameron's?


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