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Could atheist landlord refuse to rent to evangelicals?

When asked if the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, which the House approved last week, could be used as a defense by an apartment owner who refused to rent to a same-sex couple, the bill's author, Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, replied, "That is generally correct." That prompted Lawrence Journal-World readers to wonder about other scenarios. Could a landlord refuse to rent to a divorcee because her lifestyle violates his religion? Could a Hindu landlord refuse to rent to people who eat beef? How about an atheist refusing to rent to an evangelical Christian?