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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Kirk Cameron: Cut Todd Akin some slack

Kirk Cameron in Washington earlier this year. (Win McNamee - GETTY IMAGES)
With so much strong opinion and political controversy swirling around Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) recent use of the term “legitimate rape,” the only logical thing to do right now is this: find out what Mike Seaver from “Growing Pains” thinks about the situation.

Fortunately Mr. Seaver — otherwise known as actor and conservative activist Kirk Cameron — was making some TV appearances today to promote the DVD release of his religion-and-government documentary, “Monumental,” which just so happens to feature Akin. Cameron, who, like Akin, is anti-abortion and, like Akin, has sparked his share of media hubbub in the past, said essentially the same thing on both the “Today” Show and CNN: that we should cut the Congressman from Missouri some slack.

“I’m not his political strategist, thank God,” Cameron told Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford this morning. “But I do know, as I’ve sat to actually watch the video — I’ve learned to actually go watch it and not just read the transcripts and the quotes. And clearly, this is a man who is advocating the sanctity of life, through and through. He said he misspoke, and he apologized for it. I like to evaluate people based on their entire life, their entire career, all they stand for ... I believe he’s a very good man. He’s now in a very difficult spot.”

On CNN, he echoed that sentiment: “I'm the kind of person that would like to be evaluated by my entire career and my entire life, not two words that I would misspeak and later apologize for.”

Cameron knows something about having one’s words judged. Earlier this year, he called homosexuality “unnatural” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” riling up the blogosphere and causing some minor cracks within the foundations of the Seaver family.

He also jumped directly into an exploding powder keg in 2011 when he criticized Stephen Hawking for saying there is no heaven.

Personally, I miss the days when Cameron had to answer for simpler things, like scrawling the answers to a history test on the bottom of his sneakers.

By  |  03:21 PM ET, 08/21/2012

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