Memphis, Tennessee – April 8, 2015. Nate Kellum, CRE
Chief Counsel provided the following public statement to the press regarding
the religious liberty bills in Indiana and Arkansas.
We find ourselves in a culture where it is becoming
increasingly difficult for a Christian to be and act like a Christian in
public. Those in power are exhibiting less and less tolerance for expressions
of faith outside church walls, encroaching on freedom of belief and conscience.
Regrettably, Activists have mischaracterized the
content of these religious liberty laws and corporate citizens have followed
their lead blindly without knowing how these laws actually read. Contrary to reports, these religious liberty laws
do not facilitate discrimination against anyone. They are designed to protect religious
The freedom to live according to one’s conscience, faith-based or not,
is a cherished American value. The proposed laws in Indiana and Arkansas are needed
to protect this freedom of conscience, so citizens are not coerced to participate
in activities that violate deeply-held religious beliefs.