I don’t wish to bash Kirk Cameron’s religious beliefs – he is entitled to them after all. I am, however, often weary of anyone who pushes their religious beliefs on others – to me faith and spirituality is a private quest that takes a lifetime to discover.
And there are far too many different points of view on any single religion for any one of them to be 100% right about everything. Heck there are over 35,000 different sects to Christianity alone – that’s 35,000 different interpretations of the same Bible, same history. So I tend to have more respect for those who practice their spirituality by the manner in which they live, not the actions they purposefully take to win more souls.
I do take issue with Kirk Cameron’s smearing of secondary education. Perhaps had he gone to college (he could afford it) he’d understand that college has nothing to do with someone’s religious beliefs and that every real university has room for people of all religious faiths. In fact it is this coming together that creates tolerance and understanding – we fear and suspect that which we do not know or understand. Kirk Cameron is a prime example.
He says in a quote in People magazine:
“We have a situation in our country where young people are entering college with a belief in God and exiting with that faith being stripped and shredded. What we want to do is have student make an informed, educated decision before they chuck their faith.”
What he dosesn’t understand is in order to make an informed, educated decision on any subject, let alone religion, college is the perfect place to do that research. There you can investigate the origins of any number of religions, speak to experts from all faiths and if you’re so inclined, join up with one in the process of learning about it. And the religion instructors at the college level do in fact have their own religious beliefs and often are ministers in their respective faiths.
You see their faith is stronger than any questions about it and they don’t have to create suspicion or fear about other points of view.
Too bad Kirk Cameron thinks education is a bad thing but then again that’s a standard cry from the far right.
As for Darwinism – I wonder if Kirk realizes that you can be a Darwinist and a Christian if you so choose – Darwinism only deals with the scientific nature of animals mutating and adapting over time – something you can even track in humans from this country during the last century (ever had to duck a doorway in Boston or wonder why your great-grandparents appear to have been Hobbits?) There is nothing to say the Christian God didn’t plan and create this evolution and it baffles me why some don’t see that – especially someone as bright as Kirk – maybe if he had gone to college…