Who Said It: Kirk Cameron or Rick Perry?

Who would have ever imagined Kirk Cameron, the loud-mouthed, sarcastic prankster on TV's Growing Pains, whose Tiger Beat centerfolds adorned the walls of many a young lady, would be promoting a film about the religious foundations of this country? Cameron has been out and about in the public eye talking up his documentary, Monumental, making headlines everywhere he goes. The film, which opens nationwide this Friday, explores the roots of our nation and the successes spawned from the ideas of a "tiny band of religious outcasts." That is nice and all, but taking the film's synopsis in tandem with much of what Cameron has been spouting about homosexuality begs the question -- were our forefathers that concerned about gay marriage? That chapter might have been left out of our history books.

Regardless, Cameron's crusade has resulted in an overabundance of bold statements. At times Cameron is so fixated he sounds like he could be running for office. Speaking of people not running for office, we've heard very little from once-presidential hopeful/Texas Governor Rick Perry since he accepted defeat. All has been very quiet on the Western front -- until last week. Perry played host to another outspoken religious advocate, Rick Santorum.

Governor Perry has also made some pretty strong statements over the years pertaining to religion; Cameron might want to steal a few lines from his repertoire.

Who said it: Kirk Cameron or Rick Perry?

1. "So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should, either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't."

2. "Our first priority is our kids."

3. "We need to stop apologizing for celebrating life."

4. "From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented."

5. "...The White House is on fire, the end is near..."

6. "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school."

7. "And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender."

8. "Left Behind: World at War."

9. "We must occupy this land with truth, and that the land of the free starts in the homes of the brave."

10. "The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy -- they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator."

11. "I'm not perfect in my walk, but I want to do the right thing."

12. "When the good lord calls you home, the government ought not come get your home."

13. "She wanted to sleep with me and I didn't do it. I'm probably gay! You happy now!?"

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