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Cameron Rejects End Times Interpretations – But He's Still An Idiot

Those of you out there concerned that birds dying is a sign of the apocalypse – fear no more.  An expert on ridiculous ideas has weighed in.

After thousands of birds mysteriously fell out of the sky in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve, it was only natural that Anderson Cooper turned to an expert for an explanation. Enter Kirk Cameron.

The former “Growing Pains” star — a born-again Christian who has appeared in movies based on the end-of-days-themed “Left Behind” books — appeared on “Anderson Cooper 360” to discuss whether he thought the dead birds were a sign of the apocalypse.

“Well, I first think that they ought to call a veterinarian, not me. You know, I’m not the religious-conspiracy-theorist go-to guy, particularly,” Cameron said. “But I think it’s really kind of silly to try to equate birds falling out of the sky with some kind of an end-times theory.”

I just have to interject here that if you make a living trying to hock the scathingly stupid and embarrassingly misguided concept of creationism, I think you may in fact be correctly categorized as a “religious-conspiracy-theorist go-to guy”.  In fact, I would say that’s precisely why he was asked about it.

His weigh in on the public reaction to the birds is a little confusing to me though.  I agree with the first half of this statement (a-a-agree with Kirk Cameron?  I know.) –

“People love to find codes and signs of future events and see if they can decipher them before anybody else,” the 40-year-old actor told Cooper.

Yep.  That goes for anything unknown, including the past.


Anyway, he continues with  –

“But birds falling from the sky? That has to do more with pagan mythology; the direction that the birds flew told some of the followers of some of those legends that the gods were either pleased or displeased with them.”

Waaaait a minute.  So is his main reason to reject this phenomena as being biblical in nature the fact that to him, it just sounds too Pagan-y?  So if something biblical had happened – plagues of locusts perhaps – would Cameron be getting the wife and kids ready for the rapture?

One thing is clear – even idiots can be accidentally right from time to time.

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