In a 2014 interview with FOX411, Bure revealed that her religious beliefs greatly influence her relationship with her husband, hockey player Valeri Bure, and that she allows herself to be in a more submissive position because of what the Bible says. Her comments outraged many who feel women should be treated equal to men.
“I can go back to the Bible, and the Bible says, ‘Wives, respect your husbands, and husbands love your wives.’ There’s a difference between men and women,” Bure said. “I know my husband doesn’t need the type of love I require that is much more caring and sensitive in nature, like, ‘Oh, honey you look wonderful.’ It’s like my husband doesn’t need to hear that on a daily basis like I do. But he needs to be respected. I like that my husband is a leader, he’s a man’s man. I want him to lead our family.
“It doesn’t mean we don’t make decisions together. It doesn’t mean I don’t have a voice in our marriage, of course I do. I’m a very strong woman and an opinionated woman, but I don’t think a marriage is at its best when you have two people vying for the same position, so someone has to yield at some point, and ultimately I will defer to my husband. That’s not to say he isn’t constantly going, ‘Well what do you think?’ And we compromise on things, but ultimately he makes the decision. I know that makes him feel respected as the man of our home.”
Bure elaborated on how religious beliefs take part in her family life in her book Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose.
“My husband is a natural-born leader,” she wrote. “I quickly learned that I had to find a way of honoring his take-charge personality and not get frustrated about his desire to have the final decision on just about everything. I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work.”
“The Oregon law bars businesses from discriminating against sexual orientation, race, disability, age or religion,” Symoné said while the panel was discussing a recent event in which a bakery in Oregon declined to make a cake for a lesbian wedding. “And to me, it’s the same exact thing that they did back in the day, saying that black people couldn’t do certain things because it’s my ‘religious belief.’ ”
But Bure did not agree and backed the bakery, saying, “I don’t think this is discrimination at all. This is about freedom of association. It’s about constitutional rights. It’s about First Amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with.
“[The bakery] didn’t refuse to bake the cake because of [the couple’s] sexual orientation. In fact, they baked cakes for them previously. They had a problem with the actual ceremony because that — the ceremony — is what conflicted with their religious beliefs. They are saying that they stand for marriage between a man and a woman.”
Bure came under fire from fellow conservative Christians for posting a photo of herself in a Christmas sweater that featured both Santa and Jesus, with the caption, “This sweater is everything. For all the naysayers — let me tell you what this sweater means to me: Christmas for most, is about Santa, the ‘holidays’ presents and cheer… But for me, it’s Jesus. So while you may see this graphic as polar opposites or even blasphemy, I see this sweater as a bridge between commercialism and the real meaning of Christmas, that invites conversation. And if you know me at all, you know I engage in conversation. So, judge me as will. I take no offense because I know who and whose I am. Peace to you all.”
But despite the disclaimer, Bure still got a lot of hate.
“You should be ashamed of yourself Candace Cameron Bure! This is straight up blasphemy!!” one Facebook user wrote, while another commented, “Sorry Candace, I know you mean well… but I really don’t like my Lord and Savior, God’s greatest gift to mankind, being portrayed as a cartoon character next to Santa Claus on an ugly Christmas sweater. Just seems sacrilegious to me.”
Bure stirred up controversy with co-host Whoopi Goldberg on The View after the San Bernardino shootings by bringing God into the conversation on gun control.
“The Daily News is very, very smart about this,” Goldberg said in response to a New York Daily News headline that said, “God isn’t fixing this,” and criticized the politicians who responded to the shootings with prayers.
“As a person that supports prayer and believes that prayer is the most powerful weapon that we have, I believe that all things should start with prayer,” Bure responded. “I am not pushing that on anyone. This is my world view. I have a biblical world view… For me, [prayer] is where I think it starts and then after that you have to take action. You can’t sit and do nothing, but you start with that prayer.”
Bure also tweeted, “My heart hurts. Praying for families in San Bernardino,” before the show started, which sparked responses like, “Prayer didn’t stop 9/11 prayer didn’t stop newtown [sic]. daily news [sic] got it right.”
During a particularly heated panel on The View in which the women were discussing the boycott of the Oscars among actors and actresses who are disappointed about the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations, Goldberg turned the tables on Bure and used against her the fact that Bure loves to talk about religion on the show.
“Well, you know what, I talk about God — you gotta talk about these damn movies,” said Goldberg.
When the show got back from commercial, Bure was suspicously missing, causing many viewers to speculate that she had walked off because of Goldberg’s remark.
Goldberg told the audience Bure had not been feeling well before her departure.
Bure was once again attacked by über-conservative fans for wearing her religion on her sleeve, this time for donning a shirt with the words “Jesus saves bro” on the front.
“Jesus and bro shouldnt [sic] be in the same conversation,” one Instagram user wrote.
“How do you know who in the bible would be alright with the term bro?” the same user wrote in response to another Instagrammer who defended Bure. “You are assuming paul [sic] would conform to this world just because he spent time with sinners? and [sic] you’re sticking up for a complete stranger in candace, who [sic] could care less about you… I didnt [sic] say anything about paul [sic], thats [sic] all you, and I am definitely not calling the bible wrong. The bible is the one true, pure thing in this dirty world. Using bro and Jesus in the same sentence is blatent [sic] disrespect.”
Before becoming a permanent panel member on The View, Bure felt the need to defend herself against the public who have criticized her for expressing her religious beliefs and ticked many off in the process.
In a Facebook post, she begged fellow conservatives to back her up on social media and called liberals “mean, hateful and downright nasty.
“… As I return throughout the season on a more permanent basis, here is what I ask for in addition to your prayers: Please encourage me if you watch the show,” Bure wrote. “Please tag The View on your social media outlets if you have anything kind to say about me or my viewpoint. The majority of the feedback I get from The View audience is from liberals (whom I love) but are mean, hateful and downright nasty toward me. It’s incredibly disheartening to read. And while I know I have the support of many, most of those supporters don’t vocalize it on social media. So all I read and The View hears are the negative and discouraging comments I’m tagged to that call me a vile, discussing [sic], worthless and bigoted human being.”
Needless to say, people who consider themselves liberal were not stoked about her comments.