Kirk Cameron, the child actor turned evangelical Christian, claims that he is "a recovering atheist."
"Not many people know this, but I am a recovering atheist," Cameron says in a trailer promoting his movie (embedded below). According to Cameron, "There are two things that you must cling to by faith" in order to be "a good atheist" — (1) that there is no God and (2) that you hate God.
"Have you ever noticed how many people are so angry at someone they say is not even there?" he asks in the trailer. "I mean, why do people hate God anyway? I mean, why do they want to shut you up about talking about God and your faith in public? Why do they want to take down your videos from Facebook and YouTube?"
Cameron explains that "they" — apparently referring to atheists — "hate God's moral standards" and "hate the way God is transforming the world even in the midst of tragedy and suffering."
Cameron has become a favorite right wing celebrity who denounces secularism to his Christian audience, alleging things like "America Was Modeled on the 'Hebrew Republic Under Moses'" at last year's Values Voters Summit and, in his last film called Monumental, relied on people like Christian nationalist David Barton to explain how "evil, atheist academics from Boston lied to Americans about the country’s Christian heritage." (The People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch has an excellent list of some of Cameron's proclamations.)