Kirk Cameron: It’s late, but…

I like Mike Seaver. I don’t like Kirk Cameron’s comments about Stephen Hawking’s comments about heaven being a fairy tale. As we have seen over the last few months, this is the way Hawking is trending. He is entitled.

Cameron has just as much a right to comment as to his disagreement with Dr. Hawking. However, as a Christian, he has a responsibility to be kind and thoughtful when engaged in debate. He said…

To say anything negative about Stephen Hawking is like bullying a blind man. He has an unfair disadvantage, and that gives him a free pass on some of his absurd ideas…

Cameron claims that Hawking gets a pass on his ideas because of his disability. Calling it “an unfair disadvantage,” Cameron shows a complete misunderstanding of what Hawking does and what it means to have a disability like his. These two things represent a stunning psychological double-negative, demonstrating his haste and short-sightedness. I am sure that Hawking has not received special consideration for his ideas, as is evidenced by Cameron’s comments in rebuttal. I am sure he has received special consideration for his physical deficiencies. However, to criticize someone for being disabled because you don’t feel comfortable criticizing someone who is disabled is just mind-boggling to me.

This is what Cameron doesn’t understand. Hawking works within the realm of academia. It doesn’t matter your physical abilities, you don’t get a pass on your ideas. His have been scrutinized and will continue to be scrutinized.

Cameron, with these insensitive and short-sighted comments, is rebutting in frustration. I am not saying I agree with Hawking–I most certainly do not–but the way he chose to lash out was un-Christian. I would call on Cameron to apologize to those with disabilities for these comments made in ignorance, and urge him to use Christian restraint in the future.

The article from CBS news is here.


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