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Heard on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

Religious Liberty’ or the ‘Right to Discriminate’?

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Are people like Kim Davis using their religious liberty as a right to discriminate?

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Stephen Henderson was joined today by Reverend Roland Stringfellow and Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, to discuss the relationship between religious liberty and the discrimination. Here’s what they had to say:s

What’s the problem? According to Kendell, there isn’t a problem. “People are looking for a problem that doesn’t really exist,” she says. People can believe whatever they want, churches too so long as it’s not in a harmful manner. But when one is an official, or in the public square, they must uphold the laws.

Kim, party of one: “[Davis] will end up being a footnote when we look back years from now,” Henderson says. There are some callers who side with Kim Davis.

Religion vs. the LGBT: According to Rev. Stringfellow,  he should have the same rights no matter what state he goes to within the U.S. Religion shouldn’t be pitted against the LGBT.

A nation founded on God: When an official is sworn into office they can swear on a bible if they so choose. However it’s more than just putting your hand on a bible, according to Kendell. She says, the elected official is making a promise that they would uphold the constitution and law by making an oath on something, like a bible, sacred.

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