Kirk Cameron supports female slavery

I keep seeing calls for Kirk Cameron to take back his homophobic comments, and articles about how awful what he said was. I’m glad for the progress all this shows is being made in the advancement of LGBTQ rights, but I would like to add something as long as we’re calling for Kirk Cameron to repudiate things.

I want to call on Kirk Cameron to cut his ties with Doug Phillips, the Christian Patriarchy leader who has proudly said:

“Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope 
of their father. As long as they’re under the authority of their fathers, fathers have the ability to nullify or not the oaths and the vows. Daughters can’t just go out 
independently and say, ‘I’m going to marry whoever I want.’ No. The father has 
the ability to say, ‘No, I’m sorry, that has to be approved by me.’”

Phillips teaches that a woman is never to be out from under male authority no matter her age or marital condition, and that being under male authority includes complete submission and obedience, because God speaks to women through their male authorities. This is nothing short of slavery. In addition, Doug Phillips’ organization, Vision Forum, sells and promotes the books of influential dominionist thinker Rousas Rushdoony, who advocates restoring Old Testament law and stoning anyone who happens to be gay.

While Cameron would probably disavow any acceptance of these ideas, until he cuts his ties with Doug Phillips and repudiates Phillips’ views, he is through his support of Phillips and his projects endorsing not only class citizenship for LGBTQ individuals but also female slavery. And it’s about time someone held him accountable for that.

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Anders

    This post is, of course, predicated on the silly idea that women are people. You are more like moving incubation tanks, created by God to supply him with 144 000 saints who have not defiled themselves with women.


    The sad thing is that there are probably people out there who would say “Well, I wouldn’t phrase it that way, but…”

    • Cafeeine

      The sadder thing is that there probably are people who would phrase it that way..

      • Anders

        Anyway, we prefer the term “bondservant.” Slave has such an unpleasant ring to it.

      • James K

        How about thrall? Thrall has a good ring to it.

      • Stevarious

        Most modern re translations of the bibble have all mentions of the word ‘slave’ swapped for ‘servant’. While its a duplicitous change in and of itself, it ALSO makes it very difficult to distinguish the servitude they expect from their daughters from the ‘servitude’ of a person that you ‘purchased from your neighbors’.

  • plch

    WOW! they would have called him a retrograde already in the 19th century (if not before)

  • baal

    Sounds like life in Saudi Arabia or any of a number of Islamist semi-theocracies in the mideast.

  • Mr.Kosta

    Gah. This Phillips bonehead should be dragged kicking and screaming out of the Middle Ages.

  • Paul Hunter

    Shame on you, don’t you realize that asking Kirk to think logically is just picking on the Village Idiot?

  •!/VeritasKnight VeritasKnight

    Amazing how they can scream about how women should be property in one breath, but hate Sharia law in the next. What assholes.

    As an aside, I just want to say how much I’ve enjoyed (perhaps the wrong word, given much of the content) reading this blog. The insight is staggering.

    • Dalillama

      The reason they scream so loud about sharia law is because they hate the competition.

      •!/VeritasKnight VeritasKnight

        If you’d not mind, I’d like to use this quote repeatedly every time someone talks about Sharia law.

      • Dalillama

        Feel free, I didn’t actually coin that one myself. It’s been floating around the net in various forms, and I picked it up because it’s useful and true.

  • Ace of Sevens

    Is it any wonder no one is Hollywood wants to work with him?

  • MadGastronomer

    Plus, of course, he’s anti-abortion and, I think, anti-birth control as well, and being pro-forced-birth is also being in favor of making women slaves.

    • Anders

      Not so much pro-life as he is pro-coathangers?

  • kreativekaos

    Libby Anne,.. a long-time freethinker and progressive here who is new to your blog. I’ve heard very good things about it.

  • Agent Smith

    I suspect Kirk Cameron thinks that while subjecting females to slavery slavery is wrong, they sometimes need a bit of quiet but irrefutable male authority to keep them in line. Reproachful look and finger to the lips to hush them up, eh, Kirk?

    Of course, he could surprise us, grow a courage gland, and tell Doug Phillips “You are no longer a node on my network.”. But I doubt it.

  • jamessweet

    It’s odd how certain public figures basically make a career of saying stupid and despicable things, and they get away with it for years until some random stupid and despicable thing goes viral and they are called on to apologize. I’m thinking of Rush here, of course — the “slut” comments, as disgusting as they were, are hardly out of character.

    I guess you can’t look a gift horse in the mouth. If Kirk Cameron’s anti-gay comments are what expose him for the horrible piece of work he is, while his anti-woman attitudes are ignored, so be it. And if Rush’s anti-woman comments lose him all his sponsors, while his racist comments are ignored, so be it. At least these idiots are getting called out, finally.

  • kagerato

    Considering the Bible has very few negative comments about slavery in general, it’s not particularly surprising to see someone who takes their moral advice from it promoting modern day slavery.

    That, combined with the implication of the Fall from the Garden of Eden, whose key purpose appears to be to blame women for all the evils in the world. Well, that and the whole absolute obedience part.

  • anthonyallen

    I find that kind of thing completely appalling. I was with a Mormon woman for 12 years. She’s no longer a Mormon, but that’s because I treated her like the equal that she was, rather than the subordinate that she was taught to be.

    By the way, Libby Anne, I know that this is going to go unnoticed, but I just wanted to say that yours is the only FtB blog that I read top to bottom, every post. Until you came along, I never really understood why could believe in the things your family believes in the things that they do. I still don’t, really, but I do have a much greater understanding of where my ex-wife is coming from, sometimes.

    Thank you for that.


    • anthonyallen

      Oh, for an edit button…

      I never really understood how anyone could believe in the things your family believes in.

      (this is why I don’t normally comment… )

  • Eric

    “Phillips teaches that a woman is never to be out from under male authority no matter her age or marital condition…”
    “…Rousas Rushdoony, who advocates restoring Old Testament law and stoning anyone who happens to be gay.”

    Oh wait, this is Christianity? For a second there I thought I was reading about some Islam extremists….