Candace Cameron Bure: ‘Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone’


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I vaguely remembered writing a few stories about Candace Cameron Bure several years back, but I couldn’t remember exactly what the stories were about. Something about how she’s super-churchy and Republican? As it turns out, I wrote about her when she was discussing how she’s “submissive” to her husband because that’s the way she interprets the Bible. She let’s her husband make all of the decisions, and he gets the last word on everything, you get the idea. She also has a history of being politically conservative and anti-LGBTQ rights. Like, she doesn’t believe gay people should be allowed to marry. And she believes businesses have the right to discriminate against gay people if those businesses are run by people who can use their faith as a shield.

So, funny story. Candace Instagrammed a photo of herself wearing a “Not Today Satan” t-shirt. That’s a quote from Bianca Del Rio, a contestant on and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Bianca regrammed the IG with this message: “IF ONLY, THIS HOMOPHOBIC, REPUBLICAN KNEW……….” Bianca’s fans then flooded Candace’s IG with comments about how she’s a terrible person, a hypocrite and more. So Candace responded to Bianca:

HER RESPONSE…… 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @candacecbure #liveyourlife #lovejesus #republicanpride 😈

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She wrote: “Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don’t know me or my heart. I’m not homophobic and [it’s] always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone. You sent a bunch of hateful people to my page writing horrible things. I hope next time you’ll spread love and kindness, even when you disagree with people. Sending you love and wish you all the best. Truly.”

I agree that loving Jesus doesn’t mean that a person is homophobic. It’s Candace’s history of saying homophobic sh-t that makes her homophobic. And the fact that a white, cisgendered, heterosexual woman who spreads her bigoted Republican crap is now telling Bianca to be more tolerant and kind? That’s just icing on top of the hypocrisy cake. That being said, I actually believe that Candace has potential as someone who could begin to tilt towards a more LGBTQ-friendly stance, especially given some more recent interviews. I’m not excusing her, I’m just leaving room for the idea that maybe she should be allowed to grow as a person.

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  1. grabbyhands says:

    I’ll believe that she is growing as a person when she does or says something significant in support of tolerance. Right now she’s still throwing out a lot of pithy little blurbs about “religious freedom” which is conservative code talk for “I can say whatever I want about your life, no matter how hateful, but you can’t fight back because that’s being discriminatory towards Christians and WHY DOESN’T ANYONE TALK ABOUT THAT, HUH???”

    She’s the type of “Christian” that decides to become a missionary and then goes into a country full of starving people and tells them they can’t have food until they accept Jeebus. But it’s so loving!

    I know many Christians, and they truly live a Christian life. They don’t place qualifiers on love and acceptance-they just do. People Like Bure make them look bad and that angers me.

    • doofus says:

      people who feel the need to tell others that they are a Christian or have to talk about how much of a Christian they are?…NOT CHRISTIAN.

      True Christians (and by that, I mean Christ-like people, not the phony Christians who use their religion to persecute the poor and minorities) show us that they are by their actions and how they treat others. they don’t have to shout it from the rooftops.

      • Erinn says:

        Whenever I think of that sort of thing, I think of my childhood best friends mother. She was (and still is) just such a sweet, warm, loving person. But she was 100% the ‘show the world kindness’ type, and not the ‘proclaim it from the rooftops’ type. She’s one of the few people in this small town that I know personally who really practices religion the ‘right’ way. She’s not showy, she’s not judgey, she’s gentle, kind and welcoming. One of her daughters is a lesbian and they basically keep it quiet for their grandmother who is VERY old, and also very sweet, but she lives in another province anyway, so it’s not hard to avoid discussing. But there was never a moment where all hell broke loose in their family once the daughter told them – it was very much a non-issue, and it just gives me a little glimmer of hope.

      • Christin says:

        The walk (actions) tells much more than the talk.

        On a somewhat related note, two very conservative church pastors near my hometown eventually came out. Well, actually one got busted in the church van ‘in relations’ with another man.

  2. Realitycheck says:

    Can these stupid women stop saying spread love and kindness? How much dumber can you be?? Especially when she is a huge hypocrite!

    • INeedANap says:

      The feel good woo-woo nonsense doesn’t matter when you advocate for discrimination and intolerance. Being “nice” is useless if you are working to constrict someone’s life. I’d rather have someone be rude to my face and fight for my freedom.

    • Jenni says:

      Of course she doesn’t hate lgbt people… she just thinks that they are going to burn in hell forever… so… everything is fine. Right?!

      • Ange says:

        It’s not me that hates them, it’s jeeeeeebus! Just because I love Jebus doesn’t mean the two are connected at all!

    • Deanne says:

      Why doesn’t she tell her gay hating, bigot of a brother to spread some love and kindness? Kirk Cameron is one of the most intolerant, ignorant “Christians” there is. I guess as long as they are being bigots and hypocrites in the name of Jesus, they’re above reproach. She claims that she has many really close, gay friends who are all thrilled that she’s against gay marriage and have no problem with her thinking they should be denied basic human rights, so I guess she’s a liar as well as a bigot.

  3. Daisy says:

    You can absolutely be religious and support gay rights. But she doesn’t.

    • Sayrah says:


    • Matomeda says:

      +1 I am! I go to church, I read the Bible- and I loooove my gay bff and vocally support him! And my other very diverse friends, many of whom are atheist, immigrant, Muslim, and everything else. Because that’s what Jesus really wanted- love and acceptance *really.* and hey- I like fun people no matter who they are! I live my life my way, the way that feels good to me, and push it on no one. I have very evangelical friends from childhood who are exactly the stereotype- I’m a better Christian than you, I’m more godly, I hate everyone not following my exact interpretation leading my exact life. I can’t stand those people

    • Dani says:

      +10000. I’m an observant Jew and support equal rights for LGBTQ+. It’s super important to me to teach my children growing up that we’re all equal.

  4. Konspiracytheory says:

    I don’t care whether she ‘hates’ gay people or not, but I sure as hell care that she wants to take away their rights.

  5. carrie says:

    I like Candace. I follow her of instagram and Facebook, and she seems sweet.

    On a totally other note. Does she looks super skinny in this pic??

  6. Neelyo says:

    Ugh, this is so gross. She has nothing against gay people as long as they don’t try to get married or have any civil rights.

  7. third ginger says:

    She can “grow” if she accepts that my gay daughter has the same rights as she does.

  8. Josefina says:

    Christians nowadays are so opressed and persecuted. It’s like the Roman empire all over again.

    • third ginger says:

      Is that irony?

    • Myrto says:

      Well they are definitely oppressed in the Middle East. There are christians outside of the US you know…

      • third ginger says:

        That is not the point of this thread. This thread is about Christian hatred of the LGBT community.

      • third ginger says:

        And how does the hatred of the LGBT community by US Christians help that situation?

    • Chewbacca says:

      I know!! Why can’t christians just treat the LGBTQ community like subhuman monsters in peace? How dare anyone tell them not to persecute and abuse those icky poo poo gays? What happened to religious freedom?

  9. Tiffany says:

    She will never grow. When Chick Fil A went on their homophobic tirade, she posted a pic of her and one of her kids drinking lemonade from one of their establishments the next day. She just pissed that she got called out. The getting called out is what happens to her brother, not her faux undercover self.

  10. Shambles says:

    I always feel weird when people talk about loving Jesus, because I know they think of him as some ethereal God-like being. The truth is Jesus was an enlightened person, like the Dalia Llama or Ghandi or even MLK junior. But he was still just a person. I love the Dalai Llama, but that doesn’t mean I use his name to justify being ignorant and ridiculous.

    • Faith says:

      Um, sorry but Jesus is actually an “ethereal God-like being. (John3:16)

      • Casey says:

        Not everyone believes the Bible and it doesn’t have a monopoly on the history of Jesus, or what he was or wasn’t.

      • Ange says:

        Didn’t he cuss out a fig tree? Much enlightened.

      • cd3 says:

        Casey – Shambles doesn’t have a monopoly on Jesus’ history either. Other views can and should be expressed, such as Faith’s.

  11. Beth says:

    Why is anyones business who a person loves? Her comments make her seem a little homophobic. She must not understand what the meaning is

  12. Xandi says:


  13. Nancy says:

    She’d like to buy the world a coke and live in perfect harmony. Ugh. She was cast perfectly as the sister of Kirk Cameron. She is homophobic without realizing it or just plain ignorant. Probably both. Seems like if she hasn’t done DWTS, it’s time…..or take a job at Fox.

  14. mew says:

    My first thought when I saw her and this news was “I don’t have a slightest idea who she is, never heard of her, but she has striking resemblance to Summer van Horne from Make it or break it.. both face and what she says.” And ta-dah, that’s her. Wow.

  15. LA says:

    I feel like we need another word for people like her. Like- ok yes- you may not be outwardly hateful by beating up LGBT people or picketing them (like the Westboro church), and maybe you don’t hate them- but you certainly don’t think they should have the same rights as you, which is still damaging. they feel like “I’m not doing damage because I don’t hate LGBT people and you’re being mean to say I do and calling me a homophobe” and they hide behind that line of thinking

  16. jen says:

    Let’s be crystal clear: she is not homophobic, she and her brother Kirk Cameron are “homohatic.” They don’t fear gay people, they hate them. If a gay person stood in front of either of them and said “Do you think I’m going to Hell because I’m gay?” both of them to that person’s face would say “yes.”

  17. Trillion says:

    She thinks she can take down Bianca del Rio? Bwaaaa haaaaaa haaaaa.

  18. WendyNerd says:

    It’s true, loving Jesus does NOT equal homophobia. My roommate hosts weekly bible study and has no trouble with my sexual preferences. Debby Boone, as Christian as they come, who was raised by fundamentalist Pat Boone, works with GLAAD and has talked about how she totally reconciles her faith with her love and friendship with members of the LGBTQIA community. Carrie Underwood is super Christian and loves her gay fans. Dolly Parton is very Jesus-y and makes entire albums for her gay fans, loves being an LGBTQIA icon, and so on.

    No, no one is saying your religion makes you homophobic, Candace. But your anti-LGBTQIA rhetoric, which you spout in the NAME of Jesus certainly does!

  19. littlemissnaughty says:

    I LOVE BIANCA! That needed to be said first.

    And this is the sh*t that gets me riled up quickly. You don’t tell the LGBT+ community that you think they’re less than you, that they deserve less than you, and then turn around and co-opt the “cute” phrases. And no, she might not actively hate gay people but she sure as f*ck doesn’t respect them either so asking for love from a group you don’t respect is rich. GTFO.

    It’s these sugar-sweet Jesus freaks that are the worst. Oh but look, I’m super polite and cute about denying you your basic rights, don’t be so mean! Wah wah wah.

    ETA: Following Jesus’ teachings should actually mean the opposite of hating anyone. Christians seem to forget that. To quote Margarte Cho, I want Jesus to come back and say “That’s not what I mean!”

    • doofus says:

      have you seen Dogma? as Rufus, the 13 Disciple says “He still digs humanity, but it bothers Him to see the shit that gets carried out in His name – wars, bigotry, televangelism.”

      and that’s it. the people who spew hate in “the name of Jesus” are NOT Christians! Jesus didn’t hate anybody! ESPECIALLY the poor and downtrodden.

      • justcrimmles says:

        And how Jesus still owes Rufus $20! 😂

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        I saw it a looong time ago but thank you for reminding me to re-watch. I probably didn’t get half of it as a 20-year-old.

      • doofus says:

        lol at justcrimmels…

        and littlemissnaughty, DEF rewatch. it’s really actually a PRO-faith (but anti organized religion) movie.

        another one of my favorite lines is from Matt Damon, when he’s talking about Sodom and Gomorrah.

        “mass genocide is the most exhausting activity one can engage in.

        next to soccer.”

  20. Nev says:

    She needs to have a talk with her brother then. Have a seat Candace.

    • Christin says:

      Is it just me, or does anyone else think she should knock on a closet?

      Sometimes the most vocal are the ones having trouble coming to terms with something about themselves.

  21. robyn says:

    Odd how people who love to judge don’t want to be judged. Loving Jesus is tested in the way children, the sick, poor and disenfranchised are treated in society. So many of these so-called Republican Christians act like they worship the devil when you look at the policies they support.

    • John says:

      As a single, heterosexual man that loves Jesus and is in relationship with Him, I must agree. Much of our western culture, whether Democrat or Republican, is pretty selfish and is focused on consumption rather than the provision of the poor and broken in our society. My observations of Jesus reveal a lack of consumption and a great deal of provision.

      So all of you conservative, “Christians” may want to consider that Jesus spent most of his time caring for and “loving on” lepers, poor, tax collectors (modern day bookies), and prostitutes….SINNERS. HE loved them with Truth.
      Being a heterosexual, I don’t want to speak for anyone gay but will say it seems to be a sexually rooted issue. In my own life, being single, I battle the spirit of lust and don’t always walk away from those battles victorious. I think extending love and mercy toward others is the best bet in sharing the Gospel.
      To those that are in the LGBT Community, I would say this: God loves you so very much. Don’t seek Him out from inside a church…dont seek Him out from a pastor or priest nor TV evangelist. Go to the privacy of your home, open the Gospel of John and begin reading, with your heart, NOT intellectually. Ask God to guide you with a humble heart and HE WILL! PLEASE DO NOT JUDGE GOD BY MANY OF TODAY’S “WESTERN CULTURE” CHRISTIANS. He doesn’t deserve that! He also doesn’t deserve the judgment placed on Him by native Americans that hate the white man’s God. Those men that came to this country with murder and greed in their hearts and shed the blood of your ancestors in the spirit of greed a murder were most likely not Christians, even though they called themselves that. I will not judge them. God will on Judgement Day. And Jesus said that you can tell a tree by its fruit.

      Lastly, Jesus extended love mercy to the prostitute that was caught in adultery when he told a crowd, “let the one of you that is without sin be the first to cast a stone”.
      He also extended Truth by telling her to go and sin no more. And by all accounts, her life was totally transformed!

  22. QQ says:

    The stunning fact that this woman who is MOST CERTAINLY about that ” Love the Sinner hate the Sin” ( The “sin” tends to be like actual part of their personhood, right?) brand of Creepy Preachy let’s show those heathens in “Africa” by building a ____ types Tries to pose with slang made for created by Queer folk is just…… Candace can GTEFO, *instant follow for Bianca

  23. Radley says:

    That comment of hers was so whiny and I’m-a-victim. Bianca had every right to note that a homophobe co-opted her catchphrase. I don’t see where hateful people were sicced on Candace by Bianca. Also I’m sure some of the people who she’s saying are hateful would take exception to that characterization.

    The Camerons annoy me. There’s being a Christian and there’s being brainwashed and smug. They are the latter.

  24. adastraperaspera says:

    I just wish that for once her people could make up their own clever phrases instead of stealing ones from LGBTQ culture. Is there an ounce of creativity in her crowd? What are they contributing to culture??

  25. Fanny says:

    For those who are interested, you can listen to Candace’s “testimony” on youtube. She is every bit as fanatical as her brother, she just tempers it based on her audience.

    During her testimony she lists homosexual activity as one of several sins that will send you to hell. So she doesn’t hate, but she’s ok saying things that cause gay people to hate and kill themselves.

    She’s also gone on record several times supporting companies discriminating against gays on the grounds of their “religious freedom”. So again, she doesn’t hate, but she never fails to take the side of anyone who wants to discriminate against gays at will.

  26. Twolinesohmy says:

    Gotta speak out about this one, she is a major hypocrite. She seems intolerant BUT
    On her show fuller house lesbians are mentioned and 2 women kiss, so which is it, you are for it or not. Can’t have it both ways.
    I’m a Christian for the record.

  27. To be honest, I never knew who originated that saying. I don’t watch TV these days.
    In keeping with this subject, I found the following video very interesting:
    And the comments were thought-provoking, too – do Muslim bakeries ever turn away requests for gay wedding cakes? That reminds me of the case some years back where some idiot named their kid “Adolf Hitler” and wanted his name on a cake. (I don’t remember the eventual outcome, though.)
    I don’t care about the Camerons one way or the other, but there’s plenty of “judgey” people of every persuasion/denomination, etc.

  28. kimbers says:

    I dont know what horrible things happened in her life to be so hurtful towards other people in the name of “Christianity” but her brand is not something to aspire to.

  29. kibbles says:

    I admit to being a huge fan of Fuller House, which is a liberal show with a cast that seems mostly liberal with the exception of Candace. I also love her movies on the Hallmark Channel. It seems that she has a great bond with her liberal cast mates and crew, and she comes off as fairly friendly despite being an ignorant Christian fundamentalist. Candace is at least smarter than her brother because she knows that her career depends on her taking a “moderate” stance in the public eye. If she were ever caught saying something outright homophobic she would be immediately booted from Fuller House and Hallmark, no question about it, so I’m sure she is very careful about what she says.

    I have always wondered what happened to her and Kirk Cameron. Wasn’t Kirk okay up until the last season of Growing Pains when he became a born-again Christian? I’m curious about whether their parents are super religious, or if Kirk went through some phase that so many child stars do and instead of delving into drugs decided to go the other route and become brainwashed by religion. I also wondered if Candace was brought up Christian or if her brother had a large role in converting her to his strain of conservative right-wing Christianity. Does anyone know?

  30. Lady Rain says:

    Go away, DJ Tanner