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WATCH: Daily Show Correspondent Takes on Antigay Ark. Pastor

WATCH: Daily Show Correspondent Takes on Antigay Ark. Pastor

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Protecting LGBT citizens from discrimination in Eureka Springs, Ark., makes some people, like this pastor, feel discriminated against.

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Jon Stewart isn't the only person on The Daily Show with the comedy chops to take on the tough subjects in the news.

On last night's episode of the Comedy Central cornerstone, Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper went on the scene in rural Eureka Springs, Ark., to interview Randall Christy, an antigay minister who has been in the news recently for opposing a city law that protects LGBT citizens from discrimination.

"This law deliberately discriminates against the church," Randall said in his interview with Klepper about why he opposed the measure, adopted by the City Council in February and affirmed by popular vote in May. "They have a paragraph regulating church hiring practices."

"Nobody is taking away the church's right to do anything," said Joyce Zeller, a Eureka Springs council member, in a hilarious rebuttal during a separate talk with Klepper. "They are not a part of this ordinance. They are not included in this ordinance. It has absolutely nothing to do with churches."

Zeller appeared mystified when Klepper asked her about the prevalence of "gay stores" in the small, gay-popular tourist town -- Christy had complained about such stores changing the character of the town, although he couldn't name even one.

But Christy is being discriminated against, Klepper reports with tongue in cheek, even though he can still express himself in newspapers, online, and in advertisements, and still runs his church and his Great Passion Play about the last days of Christ -- and on and on.

Eureka Springs passed its ordinance despite the state enacting a law that actually prohibits bans on anti-LGBT discrimination. The state law has just gone into effect this month, but Eureka Springs officials say they will go on enforcing their ordinance nonetheless.

Watch Klepper's full Daily Show report from Eureka Springs below.

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Raffy is a Los Angeles native and magazine enthusiast who loves to write about pop culture, entertainment, fashion, and all things Rihanna.
Raffy is a Los Angeles native and magazine enthusiast who loves to write about pop culture, entertainment, fashion, and all things Rihanna.