Actress Candace Cameron Bure is responding with grace to attacks on her defense of traditional marriage and Christian values.
“I would like to address my comments on Great American Family’s programming as reported in ‘The Wall Street Journal,’” she said. “All of you who know me know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone. It saddens me that the media is often seeking to divide us, even around a subject as comforting and merry as Christmas movies. But given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever.”
Critics slammed Bure, calling her a bigot and worse. “One Tree Hill” alum Hilarie Burton Morgan accused her of embracing bigotry for a payday, and her husband, “The Walking Dead” actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, joined in the attack as well.
Bure went on to say that her Christian faith meant that she saw the image of God in every human being — whether they agree with her or not — and that all she wanted to was to bring people together.
“I am called to love all people, and I do,” she said. “If you know me, you know that I am a person who loves fiercely and indiscriminately. My heart yearns to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God, to love others well and to simply be a reflection of God’s huge love for all of us.”
The “Fuller House” star went on to explain that while she loved the opportunity to be a part of faith-based programming at Great American Family, but that it was never her goal to use entertainment to preach.
“The God we serve is a wildly creative and loving God,” Bure said. “He didn’t just capture a small part of my heart, he has captured all of my heart. He will be reflected in everything I do and say — in my family, my work and my interactions with people from all walks of life, God’s love and God’s compassion are front and center.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice