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Don Lemon Blasts Indiana's 'Discriminatory' Religious Freedom Law In Powerful Speech

03/31/2015 11:15 am ET | Updated Mar 31, 2015

One minute was all it took for CNN's Don Lemon to pick apart Indiana's controversial religious freedom law Monday night.

Much of the country has found itself wrapped in heated debate after Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last Thursday. Critics claim the law enables businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community, while Pence has maintained that the legislation is "about affording citizens full protection under Indiana law."

Lemon wasn't buying Pence's defense, though, calling it "disingenuous" to pretend that the legislation doesn't enable bigotry.

"Let's be honest, to say that this law is not discriminatory is disingenuous at the very least," Lemon said. "The law doesn't protect religious freedom, it allows someone the ability to impose their religious views onto someone else. And as someone who was raised in the Christian religion, I don't know about you, but I was taught to offer love instead of condemnation."

Lemon was "heartened," however, by those who have agreed to boycott Indiana until the state corrects its mistake. Connecticut, Washington, San Francisco and Seattle have all banned state- and city-funded travel to Indiana because of the discriminatory nature of the law.

The host concluded on an optimistic note, alluding to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke of the arc of the moral universe bending toward justice while referencing the 19th-century abolitionist Theodore Parker.

"Someone who fought for civil rights for everyone said a long time ago that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," he said. "Thank God for that, and hallelujah."

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