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Albany pastor says religious freedom bill too 'broad'

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A state house committee hearing on a controversial religious freedom bill was quietly canceled Monday.

The bill passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

The bill said the government must prove a compelling state interest to do anything that would infringe on a person's religious beliefs.

Critics say it's just a way to legalize discrimination.

One Albany pastor said the bill is too broad.

"We need some clarifications of what we mean by religious freedom, one. Two, we need some clarifications of what it does not mean. So therefore there is not this fear factor that we are now about to go thirty, forty, fifty years backwards in terms of our country,” said Bishop Victor Powell, Rhema Word Cathedral.

Some Georgia leaders who don't support the bill are hoping to avoid protests and boycotts like those organized after Indiana's governor signed a similar law.

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