Actor Kirk Cameron, best known from his years on the 1980s ABC sitcom “Growing Pains,” defended himself after setting off a firestorm with remarks on Piers Morgan’s CNN show that many of Cameron’s Hollywood colleagues found offensive, the L.A. Times reports.
Cameron fired off an email to ABC News in which he said: "I should be able to express moral views on social issues — especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years — without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square."
As previously reported, Cameron was slammed by a number of TV and film stars, including some of his former co-stars from “Growing Pains,” after expressing disapproval of homosexuality and gay marriage.
In his latest statement, he calls for public debate on the issue to be handled "with greater love and respect,” the Times reports.
Morgan took the middle ground on the comments Cameron made on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” telling TMZ that Cameron was "pretty brave to say what he said,” but adding, “It’s, many would argue, an antiquated view about many of these issues.”
Morgan also said: “I felt that he was honest to what he believed, and I don’t think he was expecting the furor that it created."
Here’s video of Morgan talking to TMZ: