Former “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron has been criticized for a Facebook video in which he appears insensitive to roughly 100 people killed and the billions of dollars of destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“How should we look at two giant hurricanes coming back-to-back like this?” Cameron, 46, asks in the more than four-minute video shot at the Orlando, Florida, airport on Thursday as he prepared to leave on a flight. “Do we write them off as coincidence? . . . This is a spectacular display of God’s immense power. And when he puts his power on display, it’s never without reason. . . . And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it’s not random and we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe and repentance . . . so that you and I would reach out to him.”
“Amazing. He actually thinks a god murders people with weather events, in order to teach them humility. Kirk has an impressively twisted mind,” one person commented on Cameron’s Facebook feed, amid both pro and con responses. “So let me get this straight, your magical sky wizard sent the hurricanes that HAVE ALREADY KILLED PEOPLE as a display of his love? #notmygod,” wrote another. A similar comment read, “So what you’re saying is god uses death and destruction in order to scare people into a certain point of view. We in the rational community call that terrorism.”
Many appealed to science and noted global climactic change. “There is more moisture in the atmosphere and the sea temps are higher. Because of man made pollution. It has nothing to do with your parables,” said one.
Even some who identified as religious were dismayed. “As a practicing catholic, I want to punch you in your mouth,” one tweeted. “I’m *sure* everyone who lost family will appreciate this. Idiot.” And a recurring refrain, as another tweet read, was, “God sent Kirk Cameron to punish humanity.”
Cameron, who continues to appear in faith-based films and TV programs, for many years has been a principal of the evangelical Christian ministry The Way of the Master. He has generated criticism for comments about gays and other topics.
At least 70 people have died as a result of Hurricane Harvey. As of Sunday afternoon, the death toll for Hurricane Irma had reached 30.