Persecute [verb]: to treat someone unfairly or cruelly over a long period of time because of their race, religion or political beliefs. [Cambridge Dictionary]
Candace Cameron Bure shot to fame in the 80s and 90s playing D.J. Tanner on the popular series, Full House. She’s remained in the spotlight with her Full House spinoff series, Fuller House, and regular appearances in Hallmark movies, often of the Christmas variety. She’s a devout Christian who married young, had her children young, and maintained a busy acting career–all while looking gorgeous and being down to earth.
Hordes of American women admire Candace Cameron Bure and aspire to be more like her, but her traditional values make her a target of Hollywood’s bigots (a moniker that, sadly, seems to apply to most in Hollywood these days). Religious persecution is alive and well and thriving in Hollywood, as Bure’s recent departure from Hallmark demonstrates.
Bure’s Christianity makes her a frequent punching bag for the more immoral, intolerant and, let’s face it, attention seeking, elements in Tinsel Town. She recently announced that she’d be leaving The Hallmark Channel for the new Great American Channel, which aims to be a more faith-based version of Hallmark. It seems that the Hallmark scripts Bure was seeing were trending in a direction that didn’t align with her values.
She recently told the Wall Street Journal:
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them. I knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment. I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core.”
And, of course, “traditional marriage” brought out a vicious, pavlovian response from others in Hollywood, who are convinced of — despite being completely devoid of — their own goodness because they bow, unquestioningly, to a godless, radical leftist agenda. Actress Hilarie Burton Morgan, whose career peaked twenty years ago when she appeared on the show One Tree Hill, immediately lashed out at Bure in a blind, ignorant — and prototypically leftist — rage.
I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy.
But sure. Make your money, honey. You ride that prejudice wave all the way to the bank. https://t.co/X70aO4WIcB
— Hilarie Burton Morgan (@HilarieBurton) November 15, 2022
As if the likes of Hilarie Burton Morgan has the slightest idea what Jesus taught. The left just oozes anger all of the time, they’d be naked without its ugly mantle. Here’s a question: If a bigot like Morgan calls you a bigot, doesn’t that make you the tolerant one?
Feeling emboldened, other Hollywood D-listers piled on, possibly in hopes that doing so would get them some work with Hallmark. The real kicker here is that Candace Cameron Bure didn’t torch Hallmark for making movies that didn’t align with her values — she didn’t even take a shot at gay marriage — she simply decided to go in a different direction and make shows that she feels good about making.
You’d think that bringing more entertainment options to audiences, not to mention the additional jobs that would bring, would be a good thing for the industry. You’d be wrong. The Hilarie Burton Morgans of the world, whose seething intolerance prevents them from seeing beyond their own biases and feeeeelings, don’t care about the health of their industry. Their only goal is your compliance with their radical agenda.
For her part, Candace Cameron Bure responded to the criticism lobbed at her with grace, maturity and kindness, telling her haters, “I have a simple message: I love you anyway.”
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In her Instagram post, she wrote, “I am a devoted Christian. Which means that I believe that every human being bears the image of God. Because of that, I am called to love all people, and I do.”
As The Federalist’s Elle Purnell wrote:
Without apologizing for her Christian beliefs, Bure said it “breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone.” She also indicated that, while she won’t use her movies to promote an agenda that undermines traditional marriage, her beliefs do not preclude her from loving and working alongside people whose lifestyles she may not condone (this same distinction has been made by Jack Phillips, another Christian targeted for his convictions). “I had also expressed in my interview, which was not included, that people of all ethnicities and identities have and will continue to contribute to the network in great ways both in front of and behind the camera, which I encourage and fully support,” Bure said.
Donald Trump once said the rabid left doesn’t care about him; they hate us, we regular Americans, and he was just standing in the way. He was correct. The same goes for us God-fearing people who value the traditions of our great country: the hatred and persecution being unloaded on Candace Cameron Bure is only partially meant for her. It’s also meant for us.
To her credit, Bure gave a masterclass in fighting back through gracefulness, staying true to your values and never bending the knee to the rage mob.