Kirk Cameron, former child start turned Evangelical turned star of such churchy films as “Left Behind,” “Left Behind II: Tribulation Force,” and “Left Behind: World at War,” joined those defending Todd Akin today in an appearance on CNN.
He didn’t go quite as far as Mike Huckabee went yesterday, who bypassed Akin altogether and basically just defended the merits of rape as an institution. Cameron kept his comments focussed on Akin himself, and said, “He clearly is a pro-life advocate, and for that, I respect him.”
But aside from offering “respect” for denying a woman the right to abort a pregnancy she did not choose and which resulted in the vilest of violent crimes, where Cameron really goes wrong is saying, “I’m the kind of person that believes that I would like to be evaluated by my entire career and my entire life, not two words that I would misspeak and then later apologize for.”
Saying “irregardless” when you mean “regardless” is misspeaking. Hell, calling Paul Ryan the next president instead of the next vice president is misspeaking. Saying a woman’s body can “shut down” a pregnancy resulting from “legitimate rape” is an entire wold-view that imbues the female reproductive system with magical powers that was last taken seriously in the 13th century.
For what it’s worth, Cameron, yes we’ll be judging you on your entire career, not just that stint on “Growing Pains.”