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Candace Cameron-Bure, Raven Symoné Spar Over Whether MLB Should Ban Phrase 'God Bless America'

( [email protected] ) Jul 14, 2016 12:00 PM EDT
Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure and LGBT advocate Raven-Symoné once again went head to head on Tuesday's episode of "The View", this time over the use of the phrase "God Bless America."
Candace Cameron Bure appears on "The View" mage: FayesVision/WENN.com

Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure and LGBT advocate Raven-Symoné once again went head to head on Tuesday's episode of "The View", this time over the use of the phrase "God Bless America."

"Why do y'all have to to take God out of everything?" the "Fuller House" actress asked after New York Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman published an op-ed calling on the MLB to retire 'God Bless America' from games because some find it offensive.

"You know a little tradition, a little patriotism and God blessing America is a pretty good thing, especially in times that we're having right now," she added. "It's a good reminder."

Fellow host Symoné shot back, claiming in turn that "patriotism doesn't mean that you have to put religion on it, that means I can still celebrate my country without celebrating a type of religion that I'm not a part of."

"Candace and I obviously disagree," she said. "Why y'all gotta put God in everything?"

However, Bure contended that she doesn't understand why singing "God Bless America" is so offensive to people who don't believe in God.

"If you don't even believe in God and think it's a fairytale why does it offend you? Go get your peanuts and your cracker jacks while they're singing the song."

Symoné argued that those who aren't Christians may feel "excluded" by a song that asks for God's blessing on the country.

"You're not including the millions of other religions living in America and I think it's very unfair that we have to leave to go get peanuts, when it's a sports game," she said.

Bure said that while there are a number of things on TV, posters and advertisements that she faces everyday that are offensive to her, she is not asking them to be removed because tolerance for others' beliefs is important, drawing a round of applause from the audience.

This is not the first time the "That's So Raven" star and Bure have clashed over the topic of religious freedom and prayer. Last year, the "Full House" actress defended a public high school football coach's right to pray with his student-athletes after games, which drew a quick rebuttal from Symoné. The two also sparred over whether the owners of an Oregon bakery should have been punished for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding.

Recently, Bure admitted it's difficult being the only Christian and social conservative on the show, as her opinions are rarely backed up by her co-hosts, which also include Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Michelle Collins, and Paula Faris. 

"I realize sometimes I am the lone conservative or lone Republican sitting at the table some days," Bure, who joined the show in 2015, recently told Fox News. "And some days it's hard to not have backup but we are all there to share our opinions and I think that's one thing that about me, I don't get hot headed."

However, Bure told Fox News she doesn't let such disagreements negatively affect her.

"I don't take any of it personally," she said. "I don't think really any of the women are on the panel mean it personally. We all have different opinions that is why we are there."

Bure added, "I believe in what I believe but I love being open and listening to others and it doesn't matter to me at the end of the day whether we agree or not," she explained. "I believe in healthy conversation, and that's what I always try to bring to the table. I don't get overly impassioned or angry with someone who doesn't agree with me, that's just my personality."