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Video: American conservatives strike back

Some southern US lawmakers have launched a legislative offensive to protect the "religious freedom" they believe is under threat. In Mississippi, homosexuals can now be denied medical care and health insurance. And in South Carolina, transsexuals must use public toilets that correspond to their gender at birth. Our reporters went to meet these Americans who are on an ideological crusade against what they call the "atheism" of Washington.

HB 1523. No, it’s not the name of a new virus but it’s certainly making the southern United States feverish. This "religious freedom" or "anti-gay" law, otherwise known as the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, has angered those who fight against homophobia. And for good reason: it allows the state of Mississippi to refuse homosexuals medical treatment or social benefits.

Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and North Carolina...Our reporters visited these southern US states -- which still fly the Confederate flag -- to understand more about this white, conservative America that says it is under siege. They met Americans opposed to LGBT rights, abortion and immigration.

By Charlotte FONNE , Colin IDIER , Manon HEURTEL , Sophie PRZYCHODNY

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