Kirk Cameron on 'Today:' Todd Akin is "a Good Man"

Kirk Cameron is a controversy magnet. Due to his severely evangelical religious beliefs, the former child star now makes his living as a conservative Christian figurehead, starring in faith-based movies and occasionally making heads turn with shocking statements.

Of course, he's no Todd Akin. When the Republican candidate for Missouri senator made the statement that pregnancies do not occur from "legitimate rape," he attracted the ire of both the left and right (and of most women). Despite his apology, Akin was essentially disowned by Republicans and lambasted by the Democrats.

While most might agree that Akin's incredibly ignorant comments deserved such a harsh reaction, Kirk Cameron isn't one of those people. The 'Growing Pains' star visited NBC's Today while promoting his new Christian documentary, 'Monumental,' and was asked by hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about Akin, who makes an appearance in the film.

"I'm not his political strategist, thank God," Cameron replied. "This is a man who is advocating the sanctity of life through and through. He said he misspoke, and he apologized for it. I like to evaluate people based on their entire life, their entire career, all they stand for."

So not even Cameron, who drew criticism from many for his statements condemning homosexuality earlier this year, is evangelical enough to agree with Akin's crazy statements (at least, not aloud). "I believe he's a good man," he added. "He's now in a very, very difficult spot." 

What do you think of Cameron's response?


- Today (US)
- Kirk Cameron

Written by: mcpherson
Aug 21st, 2012, 6:41 pm

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