Kirk Cameron “did not feel safe in California” and moved with his family to a state where “God, family and country” are highly valued

Kirk Cameron “did not feel safe in California” and moved with his family to a state where “God, family and country” are highly valued

On the eve of America's birthday, actor Kirk Cameron announced that he had fled from California to Tennessee.

The “Growing Pains” star said his decision to leave the West Coast was prompted by restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbated by political and cultural disunity across the Golden State.

“It's pretty clear that California has been moving in a certain direction for a long time,” he told the Washington Examiner.

Cameron, 53, also spoke about his move to the Volunteer State on his Facebook account last week.

He joked that California's policies make Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom “U-Haul Employee of the Year” as many people decide to leave the Pacific Coast and move to other states.

“As Pastor Jack Hibbs reminded us, we can all be Tennesseans and join the parade of praise and repentance, fasting and prayer, asking God to place His gracious hand upon our state – be it California or New York or New Hampshire or Minnesota or South Dakota, wherever we are.”

Cameron said in a separate interview that he found Tennessee had become a haven for “many California refugees,” including many “creatives” looking for a new place to settle outside of Hollywood.

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“It's shocking how many Californians are here,” he said. “And when I see them in the supermarket, I tell them, 'Don't turn our Tennessee into California.'”

Cameron's sister, Candace Cameron Bure, now also lives in Tennessee. She left California because she no longer feels safe in the Golden State and is much happier in Tennessee, she said.

“It's because I'm not letting my guard down,” she said of her quiet time in Tennessee. “I'm around a lot of like-minded people. It's not about the celebrities. … It's really about the music and the heart … the conversation.”

Cameron, for his part, encouraged Californians who had experienced “serious economic problems and division” to consider moving to the Volunteer State, where people valued “God, family and country.”

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