During Monday's episode of ABC's "The View," outspoken Christian Candace Cameron Bure defended a public high school football coach's right to pray with his student-athletes after games, which drew a quick rebuttal from lesbian co-host Raven-Symoné.
The show's "hot topic" over school prayer was in relation to Washington state public high school football coach Joe Kennedy who openly defied an order from the Bremerton School District when he knelt at the 50-yard line to pray after last Friday's game and was joined by his players, and opposing players, even though the district told him it was a violation of federal law.
"The View" co-host Paula Faris asked, "Isn't he violating the federal law that bans prayer in schools?"
"No," Bure asserted, "because our Constitution, separation of church and state, does not mean that we cannot pray publicly. It actually guarantees our free exercise of religion so that, if it is voluntary, we are allowed to pray wherever we would like to."
Symoné responded by asking, "So, why did they take prayer out of the beginning of school and now it is just silence to recognize the other types of [faiths or lack of faith]?"
"I don't know, but I wish they wouldn't have," the "Fuller House" star responded.
The former "Cosby Show" child star shot back saying, "That's not fair to somebody who doesn't pray. ... I shouldn't have to pray."
Bure told Symoné that those who don't want to pray don't have to because prayer is voluntary.
"If people would actually put more effort into prayer than to fight prayer, you would see a whole difference in this country to see the power of prayer," Bure argued, followed by a round of applause from the audienc
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