January 5th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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."
Chalk it up to the public's fascination with doomsday predictions.
"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. "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."
Meanwhile, the father of six says he's displeased with the state of our country. "If America is a ship, it looks a lot like it's sinking — financially, morally, spiritually. It's frightening," he says.
But Cameron isn't throwing up his hands. "I decided to go on a journey and retrace the escape route of the Pilgrims," he told Cooper. "They left us clues to get us back to the real treasure of America and get the ship righted again."
Cameron will share that knowledge in "Monumental," a new documentary due out next fall.
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