“Full House” star Candace Cameron Bure, well known for her faith in God, braved “The View” coffee table Wednesday morning to defend the First Amendment.
Never ones to avoid controversy, “The View” ladies were discussing the “hot topic” of Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, OR, for refusing to bake cakes for a lesbian wedding. Although she was sitting right next to former Disney star Raven-Symone, who has previously admitted to dating women and has celebrated the legalization of gay marriage, Bure did not flinch in her support of the Christian employers’ right to deny service. When Symone compared the Christian business’s refusal of service for a gay wedding to America’s former treatment of African-Americans as inferior to whites, Bure checked her on what she believed to be a farfetched linkage.
“I think you are comparing apples to oranges here,” Bure said. “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.”
Bure’s comments were accompanied by gasps around the table.
Nevertheless, Bure did not falter. She went on to provide some context, explaining that the bakers did provide cakes for the gay couple previously. It was the actual ceremony to which they could not contribute. Baking a cake for a birthday party? No problem. Baking a cake for a union they believe violates their religious convictions? Problem.
Somehow, we have come to the point where defending First Amendment freedoms in America is controversial. Leave it to DJ Tanner to remind us about the basics of the Constitution.