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Kirk Cameron is a devout Christian, Biblical literalist (e.g., believes the Bible to be inerrant, is a creationist, and so on) and a washed-up former child T.V. star, who, like many such former child stars, has grown up to become a dysfunctional adult. However, while many merely become addicted to drugs or do porn, Cameron has found a worse fate: being a sidekick to Ray Comfort and being a hope dope dealer.

Kirk Cameron claims he used to be an atheist. Assuming that is true, it's not likely his atheism was well thought out as he became a saved Christian at age 17. [2] Kirk accidentally exposed how little he understands sophisticated atheism when he then accused rationalism of being a belief based on faith.

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[edit] Why he's famous

Before finding Mister Jesus, Kirk Cameron played Mike Seaver, the oldest child on the domestic sitcom Growing Pains (1985-92). Since his character was the "cool one" of the four Seaver siblings, he quickly wrested lead actor status away from Alan Thicke, who played the father.

[edit] How to piss off employers and alienate co-workers

In 1987, Kirk[3] became a growing pain in the ass after he found Jesus, alienated the rest of the cast and pissed off the production staff.[4] During the 1989-90 season, he got the producers to fire recurring guest star Julie McCullough, who played Mike's girlfriend, because she'd posed in Playboy.[5] Their characters were slated to be married before the cast's seven-year contracts ended in 1992. While the regulars forgave him, eventually, Kirk never sought forgiveness from McCullough, and she still is staunchly critical of him, now that he's a nutter.[6]

In July 1991, just prior to the final season of Growing Pains, Kirk married his girlfriend Chelsea Noble whom he'd met in 1989 when she was a guest star on the show.[7] They found that they had something in common.[8] During the final season, his new wife joined the cast as Mike's girlfriend.[9] Since then, they have costarred in many projects, including all of the Left Behind films.[10]

Cameron has reportedly given up several film roles because he thinks he will go to hell if he smooches with any woman other than his wife, even on screen.[11] When he starred in the megachurch propaganda flick, Fireproof, the filmmakers had to bring in Mrs. Cameron for a body double during a kissing scene.

[edit] More recently

Kirk now operates a snake oil roadshow video ministry with Ray Comfort titled Way of the Master. They happily make fools of themselves wherever they go. They have several routines including the banana fallacy and the one where he totally defeats his own argument during live debates with his "crocoduck."[12] (He repeated this on Bill O'Reilly.)[13] He also starred in the laughably mediocre Left Behind movie series.

He occasionally guest stars on mainstream TV series; even fundies have to make money.

[edit] Monumental

Cameron's most recent project, Monumental was released in selected theaters across the USA in late March 2012 (with little public attention). The goal of the documentary was Cameron pushing his Christian Reconstructionist views.[14] The documentary was basically Cameron traveling through Europe back to the US, trying to connect with the Pilgrims and Founding Fathers, and trying to find answers from the founders on how to solve our current problems. Cameron admitted in the film he is not a historian - this is true, but for someone who claims to have done all the research on the theory of evolution and claim that scientists are looking for crocoducks, the likelihood Cameron can do proper research in history is almost nonexistent.

The documentary was co-produced by Marshal Foster, who sometimes shows up in the film as a guest. Foster is a strong proponent of Christian Schooling and homeschooling, and is a huge fan of R.J. Rushdoony. The documentary included a talk with former Fox commentator Glenn Beck and Alveda King (Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece and a Religious Right activist). Cameron spoke to Christian Reconstructionist ‘historians’ David Barton and Herb Titus (btw, neither of these men are really historians) to find out how evil, atheist academics from Boston (scary music included) lied to Americans about the country’s Christian heritage. Barton said there is a “deliberate attempt” to hide the faith of the Founding Fathers by using “revisionism,” and Titus warned that “a nation that attempts to build a foundation not based on God’s law will ultimately self-destruct.”

One example Barton provides to show that there is some conspiracy in America to hide its religious roots, Barton shows Cameron an old "Congress Bible" in his collection that was ordered to be printed and distributed to schools. Barton asked a question along the lines of: "if the Founding Fathers were atheists as we are now told, why would them mass distribute Bibles all across the country to be taught in schools? This is proof that the Founders never intended there to be a separation of church and state!" Chris Rodda debunked Barton’s story about “Congress’s Bible” many many times[15] noting that Congress simply passed a resolution on the accuracy of the edition of the Bible of printer Robert Aiken and did not purchase or print copies of the Bible, pay for the printing or print the Bible for use in schools. “The words ‘a neat edition of the Holy Scriptures for the use of schools’ are taken from a letter written by Aitken, not the resolution of Congress,” Rodda writes, “The only help Aitken ever got from Congress was the resolution endorsing the accuracy of his work.” She also notes that the Aitken Bible was first called “The Bible of the Revolution” not during the American Revolution but in 1930 by people who were trying to sell copies of it, and Aitken himself “ended up losing over £3,000 on the 10,000 Bibles he printed.” This is one of Barton’s many false tales about American history[16] Even Christian academics have emerged as some of Barton’s leading critics.[17][18] Some far-right Christian commentators are also upset with Cameron, with one claiming that he is misrepresenting America’s “pagan” history as Christian.[19]

In the film, Cameron goes to Europe and learns that the Puritans were persecuted by the Church of England and fled to Holland to find religious freedom and escape a society where the “government controlled the church.” Visiting in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Cameron claims that the Pilgrims established a governmental “system of all men created equal under the law.” Comfort tries to find the secret that will be the key to stopping America’s plunge into moral and economic disarray.

He finds the secret at Plymouth’s National Monument to the Forefathers, which was built in 1910 under the leadership of Freemasons (but Cameron's film gives the impression that the Pilgrims themselves helped construct it). The message from the monument is that faith leads to personal morality, spreading that faith creates a moral and therefore just society, and a just society produces mercy for the disadvantaged and education for the children. Cameron used the part about education to bemoan how parents can send their children to “government schools” where they are trained to be “slaves to the state,” generating an entitlement culture that breeds government dependence rather than reliance on faith. Ultimately, the secret creates “Liberty Man,” who Cameron says is “not a wimpy religious man but a stud.”

Cameron, in seeking to find out how America went from a country of Liberty Men to a fallen people, glosses over how the mythical country of Liberty Men considered African Americans, Native Americans and women to be inferior and endorsed slavery, racism, and discriminatory and violent treatment of women. He also fails to mention that in Plymouth religious liberty was nonexistent and religious dissenters were mercilessly persecuted. For instance, people were not allowed to become Quakers or even give aid to Quakers - who were even executed by the colony’s government. Just as damning, Cameron conflates the Pilgrims with the Founders: the film gives the impression that the Founders had the same religious convictions and beliefs in the role of religion in government as the Pilgrims. Never mind that more than a few of the Founders were members of the Church of England, the very same church that Cameron noted persecuted the Pilgrims.

[edit] Pilgrims 2: The Whining

Cameron seems to be overly fond of misappropriating Pilgrims for subject matter in his public screeds; in October 2012 he whined about how a backlash concerning his earlier anti-gay statements was akin to "being drug out to the public square and stoned, so to speak" and that his critics were trying to "crucify me" because he had "blasphemed the God of Political Correctness".[20] Given that Cameron isn't bright enough to realize that being criticized for public statements is not the same as being legally persecuted (much less tortured or killed) for his beliefs, don't expect much in the way of improvement from him.

[edit] Other tiresome crap

Huge surprise: he thinks that Barack Obama is an avatar of pure evil, which dovetails nicely with the overriding evidence that Cameron is an avatar of pure stupid.[21]

Feel free to weep a copious amount of crocoduck tears at the fact that Kirk doesn't like Stephen Hawking - for reasons too stupid to bother quoting directly.[22]

[edit] Family life

He and Noble adopted four children -- born in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000 -- before procreating in 2001 and 2003.[23]

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. Is S.E. Cupp an atheist?
  2. The "I Used to be an Atheist" Game
  3. "Kirk" is Scottish for "church." Just a coincidence -- or is it?
  4. During one interview, he called the executive producers "pornographers" because of certain storylines.
  5. She also opposed Kirk's growing zealotry.
  6. Her thoughts on his nonsense on her MySpace
  7. Noble appeared in one episode from early in the season -- the same season in which McCullough was hired and fired.
  8. It certainly wasn't age. When they met in 1989, he was 18, she was 24.
  9. Oooooh, that's why he got McCullough fired! (There's nobody as devious as a horny Christian with a plan.)
  10. If you can watch more than five minutes, try to invent a Left Behind drinking game so the rest of us can get through them.
  11. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2008/sep/26/wisdom/
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0DdgSDan9c - at the four minute mark
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az8k0uzQ6sA&feature=related
  14. http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/5845/kirk_cameron%27s_monumental_marks_subtle_shift_to_christian_reconstructionism/
  15. http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/6/3/123527/8452
  16. http://www.pfaw.org/media-center/publications/david-barton-propaganda-masquerading-history
  17. http://wthrockmorton.com/davidbarton/
  18. http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Should-Christians-Trust-David-Barton-John-Fea-05-11-2011.html
  19. http://worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=8031
  20. Kirk Cameron: Left Tried to ‘Crucify Me’ with New ‘Blasphemy Laws’, Right Wing Watch
  21. Kirk Cameron: Defeat Obama to 'Hold Back the Flood of Moral and Spiritual Evil that has been Pouring into the Country', Right Wing Watch
  22. Kirk Cameron criticizes Stephen Hawking for saying ‘there is no heaven’, Sarah Anne Hughes, Celebritology 2.0, Washington Post
  23. Not that anyone wondered why these two seemingly healthy, fertile fundies weren't producing their own biological children. How much time does he spend with "Banana Man" Ray?
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