Keep Your Kids Dumb
I bet if you're not an internet geek or deep into the atheist/humanist/skeptic community, that name just brings up pleasant memories of family nights in front of the T.V., hanging out after meatloaf and watching the classics of the 1980's. The Cosby Show, maybe Family Ties, and perhaps even Growing Pains where we met young Mike Seaver. There were mostly laughs, but from time to time there was a "very special episode" where deeper subject matter was tackled, like when Matthew Perry appeared as mom Carol's young boyfriend who dies in a drinking and driving accident. Sadness.
Well, more sadness is on the way because Cameron has for quite some time now been a vocal crazy Christian in bed (metaphorically of course...those gays have to burn in Hell) with an Australian (sorry people - you've got a pretty great country apart from him) fella named Ray Comfort. Comfort has a thing called the Way of the Master, where he espouses insane and ill-informed theories such as "the atheist's nightmare":
Nevermind that the Cavendish bananas we all eat regularly are clones and have been genetically designed (essentially) to have the best taste and disease resistance for us. I do love how the banana has a "point at the top for ease of entry" and that it's "curved toward the face to make the whole process easier." Oh Ray, you sly devil.
Cameron's association with Comfort has led him into at least one unfortunate debate experience where he looked like a toolbag on Nightline, holding up what he believes would be "transitional forms" in pictures of a "crocoduck", a "bullfrog", and a "sheepdog". Please go look up that video (here if you like) because it's hilarious.
Ok, so on to my actual purpose of this post which is to point out that Kirk Cameron, because of his unwavering faith in the bible, thinks it's a great idea to keep children ignorant and not explain anything to them, as discussed in the linked article by some fella named Jay Younts. Younts thinks that teaching obedience is best and save the explanations for the times when it really matters...like, I guess, for teaching exactly how many generations of a family you can keep as slaves.
Leviticus 25:44-46 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever.Hm, weird how the bible endorses slavery, huh? Yeah....
So Kirk Cameron went on his site and heartily endorsed this message of stupidity. Well, he actually jut pretty much quoted the article outright. Can you imagine being one of his (six!) kids and having to listen to tales from his acting past PLUS ridiculous stories about fucking crocoducks and how homosexuality is, "unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization" (from an interview with Piers Morgan - watch The Young Turks analyze it below).
So as an overview: Cameron thinks that homosexuality is unnatural (it isn't), bananas are a valid argument against atheism, and a half crocodile/half duck would prove evolution. I think we can take his opinion on how to raise children and stuff it down under.