Syndicated radio host Steve Deace stormed off the set of HLN on Friday after criticizing another panelist's views on the Republican Party's approach to religion.
According to The Hill, Deace got into a heated exchange with SiriusXM radio talk show host Dean Obeidallah during a discussion of what President Trump's Supreme Court nominee could mean for the U.S.
Obeidallah said the stakes were high for Trump's second Supreme Court appointee because the next potential justice — likely a staunch conservative — could reverse key rulings like Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
“The stakes are really high in this country,” Obeidallah said. “And there are people who want to impose Christian Sharia law in this country. And what I mean by that is that they want the Bible as the law of the land. Mike Huckabee has literally said 'you can’t change the Bible but you can change the Constitution.'"
Deace appeared to take issue with Obeidallah's comment, saying that to argue conservatives want to impose "Christian Sharia law" was a "preposterous statement."
But Obeidallah continued to push back.
"Christian Sharia law in this context is simply shorthand for turning religious beliefs into the laws of the land," he said. "I’m not going through the Bible. To me that’s what sharia is in the Muslim world, what sharia is here. I’m not sure why you’d be upset unless you’re advocating it. I’m not suggesting you are."
The comments prompted Deace to remove his mic and storm off the set.
Dean, radical Islam says kill people to earn a false god’s favor. Radical Christianity says the one, true God freely gave up His life for yours so you can have His favor, which you don’t deserve. I will pray for God to open the eyes of your heart to know the difference. https://t.co/2BD1w8PWM1— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) July 7, 2018