Kirk Cameron is still talking about his appearance on Piers Morgan, his comments about homosexuality and the resulting backlash. Here he is before the students at Liberty University:
Cameron remarks – to a friendly audience – that “blasphemy laws are still alive and well in America,” because “they tried to drag me out into the public square and crucify me.”
No, Kirk, there have been a few more changes. In the days of the Puritans – who Cameron is apparently lauding in his movie Monumental – punishment for blasphemy was usually lashes, pillory, symbolic execution (being made to stand on a gallows with a noose around your neck) and – a popular one – boring through the tongue with an awl. By the 19th century, punishments were simplified: Abner Kneeland got a couple years in prison (though he was released after six months).
Cameron got roundly criticized and got called a lot of nasty names on the internet. That’s apparently what qualifies as persecution and crucifixion now. I think that Cameron would look good in a pillory, but I’m not going to question progress.