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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Did Cameron make a 'Monumental' mountain out of a mole hill?


Kirk Cameron, former child star in TV’s “Growing Pains” and star of the ultra-popular Christian movie, “Fireproof” is making headlines. For the last year, Cameron has been working on a personal documentary project called, “Monumental” and will be premiering it on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in more than 450 major movie theaters. In a partnership with Fathom Events, the one-night only theatrical presentation, called MONUMENTAL: IN SEARCH OF AMERICA'S NATIONAL TREASURE, will air simultaneously at 7:30 P.M. ET, 6:30 P.M. CT, 5:30 P.M. MT and 8:00 P.M. PT. (tape delayed). The big event will include conversations with special guests and live music from top artists.

“I’m retracing the footsteps of our Founders from England to America in the hope of discovering our true ‘national treasure,’” Cameron says on his personal website. “I want to listen to them, to learn from them. Because I suspect our Forefathers knew we were a forgetful people, that someday we would lose our way as a nation. So they left us a map that would guide us back to the source of America’s success.”

“Monumental” promises to “unite audiences in a celebration of America’s unique story of faith and freedom.” However, his recent comments to Pierce Morgan on CNN last Friday, March 2, is not part of that uniting. On Morgan’s show, Cameron said that homosexuality was “unnatural” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Not surprisingly, this did not sit well with others including actress Fran “The Nanny” Drescher who told CBSNews.com that Cameron needs to “reexamine what it is to be an American.” She continued, “I don't agree with anything that he says. I think that he is confusing our country, which is a country that separates church from state, with a religious dictatorship…To be an American is not to be a hater, not make a religion that you may practice to be an excuse for selecting a group of people and making them feel less good."

Cameron has received a lot of press the last few days because of that interview…and a lot of hate mail. "I recently was asked to join Piers Morgan on CNN for an interview about my new film “Monumental.” During that discussion, I was asked to express my views about homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion. While that was not the agreed-upon purpose of the interview, I was pleased to answer Piers’ questions as honestly as I could,” Cameron posted on his Facebook page yesterday, March 6. "In some people’s eyes, my responses were not sufficiently ‘loving’ toward those in the gay community. I can only say that it is my life's mission to love all people, and that I expressed the same views that are expressed clearly and emphatically throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures. As a Bible believing Christian, I could not have answered any other way."

"In the case of one of my gay friends, we regularly talk and have healthy and respectful debate. We learn from each other, and serve others alongside one another. I thank God for all of my friends... even when they hold very different views on issues of faith and morality. I do not, however, believe that the right way to advance our views is to resort to name-calling and personal attacks, as some have done to me."

So, what do you think? Was Cameron out of line and un-loving? Could he have handled the situation better? Do his comments make you less likely to see “Monumental?”

To learn more about “Monumental,” click here - find the movie theatre presenting “Monumental” near you, click here – and to watch the trailer for the new documentary, click below. (Originally posted on Examiner.com)

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