In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Sunday, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron called homosexuality “unnatural,” and a behavior that is “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” We’ve heard that many species of nonhuman animals engage in gay sex, which calls into question the first part of Cameron’s statement. But what about the practice of shunning gays—can animals be homophobic too? Not as far as we know. Homosexual behavior has been documented in hundreds of animal species, but the same does not hold for gay-bashing.
And guess what? Kirk Cameron—a man who believes that gay people are literally destroying our civilization—has gay friends! No one has met his gay friends, of course, and no reporter has asked to Kirk to produce their names and phone numbers, which seems like an obvious followup question to me whether we're talking about Kirk's gay friends or Elizabeth Santorum's gay friends.
Another obvious followup question: "You say you have gay friends, Kirk, and you claim that they support you. But why do you have gay friends?" If Kirk actually believes what he says about gay people—that we're Godzillas with gym memberships and good hair bent on destroying civilization—why would he want to be friends with us? With any of us? I wouldn't be friends with someone I thought was destroying our civilization. I'm fond of our civilization. I mean, if aliens arrived from another world and methodically laid waste to our cities, one after another, destroying our civilization in the process, I wouldn't hang out with those guys between attacks no matter how pleasant their company might be.
So, Kirk, if you believe your gay friends are destroying civilization... why are they your friends?