Today Show Fails on Kirk Cameron Interview

"If gay people should not be mistreated – how did you treat them when you called them 'unnatural?'

That should have been the next question from the Today Show's Ann Curry when Cameron told her "Nobody should mistreat anybody. Homosexuals should not be mistreated."

 "What about the millions and millions of devout Christians who support LGBT people?"

That should have been the next question from Curry when Cameron told her "We all have our convictions formed by different things, and mine are informed by my faith."

 "In what context is calling someone destructive to civilization considered loving?"

That should have been the next question from Curry, when Kirk Cameron told her "I love all people, I hate no one."

Calling a group of people "destructive to society" is a very strong statement, and not one that can easily be taken out of context. And Piers Morgan, who did the interview in which Cameron made these statements, pointed out that they were not taken out of context at all.

In his original interview with Cameron over two weeks ago, Morgan disagreed with Cameron when asked what he would do if one of his kids came out. Morgan said: "If one of my sons [came out], I'd say 'that's great son, as long as you're happy.'"

But, the Today Show gave Kirk Cameron a platform to claim that he was being loving when he called LGBT people "unnatural," "detrimental," and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization." It gave him a platform from which to say that he had been the victim of bullying – a false claim often made by anti-gay activists when they get criticized by supporters of the LGBT community. And it gave him a platform from which to completely misrepresent the actual views of Christians when it comes to LGBT people.

GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick said:

"Saying that gay people are 'detrimental to civilization' might be 'loving' in Kirk Cameron's mind, but it's gay youth and victims of bullying who truly suffer from adults like Cameron who espouse these ideas.

"Cameron used his platform on CNN to attack gay Americans and is now attempting to play victim in an effort to sell his upcoming movie. That Cameron would risk the health and safety of young people in order to do so speaks for itself.

Ed Ness, a spokesperson for "The Evangelical Network" an association of LGBT affirming evangelical ministries is the U.S. and Canada responded to Cameron's remarks.  

 "We are born again evangelical Christians.  We believe in the authority of the Bible and that Jesus is the son of God.  We know that God loves everyone and that includes gay and lesbian people. Because of this, people should be embraced for who they are and not condemned for their sexual orientation." 

According to the Public Religion Research Institute, majorities of most religious groups -- including Christian groups -- support marriage equality for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Clear support for marriage equality exists within a majority of Catholic and Protestant populations, with significant and growing support among other Christian groups. This demonstrates that so-called "moral views" like Cameron's are not echoed within the mainstream of Christianity.

Curry should have challenged Cameron's assertions that his anti-gay comments were 'loving.' She could have challenged his claim that he wasn't giving people a license to mistreat LGBT people by implying that all Christians feel the way he does. She should have been armed with information about the wide diversity of opinions within faith communities on issues that impact the LGBT community or information about the diverse group of high-profile celebrities and faith leaders who have recently stated that Cameron's original comments were out of touch

We live in a culture where far too often views like Cameron's go unchallenged. We also live in a culture where LGBT young people are mistreated, bullied, harassed, and physically assaulted every single day – by people who listen to voices like Cameron's.

The Today Show owes its viewers a complete picture of the impact that statement's like Cameron's can have on LGBT people, especially youth. And it owes its viewers information about the people of strong Christian faith who respect, support, and truly love their LGBT friends, family, neighbors and fellow Americans.

For more information about Kirk Cameron's anti-gay statements, go www.glaad.org/wherearetheynow

 



 

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