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South Dakota Republican State Senator: Businesses Should Be Free to Turn Away Blacks, Gays

Republican South Dakota state senator Phil Jensen — a man who voted for mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients and to legalize the murder of abortion doctors — recently explained to South Dakota Public Radio that businesses should be allowed to turn away gay and African-American customers if they so choose:

Phil_jensen"If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronise them."

Jensen is obliquely alluding to the bakeries in Indianapolis, Colorado and Oregon that refused to bake cake for same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Late last year, a Colorado judge found that one of the aforementioned bakeries “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.” But in Jensen’s capitalist vision, all bigoted businesses would quickly find themselves shut down by free-market consumers — riiiiiiiight.

It bears mentioning that Jensen also supported a now-dead bill that would have enabled state businesses to safely discriminate against LGBT customers and applicants — a bill similar to ones also considered in Mississippi, Missouri and Kansas.

He said, "As a follower of Jesus Christ, I'm commanded to love, to love everyone. That doesn't mean I must condone the lifestyle choices that someone chooses.”

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  1. If you live in South Dakota it is your duty to make sure he is defeated or removed from office.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 18, 2014 8:57:24 PM


  2. No...he's not asking you to condone their lifestyle...he's commanding you to go above an beyond that and LOVE them...so ake them a cake and follow your Lord's commandment.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Mar 18, 2014 9:05:05 PM


  3. one can certainly tell a lot about an organization/group/party by the people it attracts. this is one more confirmation of the morally degeneracy of the right wing.

    Posted by: ian | Mar 18, 2014 9:06:43 PM


  4. "Christian love" is an oxymoron. And compulsory love is always an illusion.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 18, 2014 9:15:14 PM


  5. Aside from the gay issues, I totally support drug testing of welfare recipients. If they're getting free money, it shouldn't be going to drugs, alcohol, or any other non-necessities. I recently was in a small convenience store in Boston where a man was getting angry because his EBT card was getting denied. After holding up the line forever, he pulled out a WAD of cash. I'm talking 50s and 100s and it was 4'' thick.

    Yup, we're the suckers.

    Posted by: Jae | Mar 18, 2014 9:16:20 PM


  6. It's kinda ironic that he mentions the Klu Klux Klan. At least the KKK don't make excuses that they hate black people. Bigots like this senator don't have the balls to come out from behind the Bible and openly admit they are bigots who hate gays.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Mar 18, 2014 9:19:53 PM


  7. It's kinda ironic that he mentions the Klu Klux Klan. At least the KKK don't make excuses that they hate black people. Bigots like this senator don't have the balls to come out from behind the Bible and openly admit they are bigots who hate gays.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Mar 18, 2014 9:19:54 PM


  8. This is your libertarian BS mixed in with some christian love for ya. It's so easy to be in favor of the "rights" of business owners to discriminate when you're a straight white male. Yes, they know what's best for everyone.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Mar 18, 2014 9:20:55 PM


  9. Libertarians sure love trying to take away other people's liberty.

    Posted by: Bravo | Mar 18, 2014 9:29:06 PM


  10. This one is a real fruitcake.. I wonder if South Dakota has an initiative process? If so perhaps a petition could be circulated to make it legal to murder wingnut politicians?

    Posted by: Burt | Mar 18, 2014 9:32:48 PM


  11. A state has the right to regulate commerce, and if it wants to ensure that people have equal access to the marketplace, it can impose non-discrimination rules on businesses, EVEN if those rules burden a business owner's First Amendment rights. No one's rights are absolute, because when one person's rights conflict with someone else's, something has to give. When a business owner's right to liberty conflicts with the public's right to equality, the state is perfectly justified in weighing those rights against each other and deciding that equality trumps liberty.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 18, 2014 9:45:26 PM


  12. E: "As a follower of Jesus Christ, I'm commanded to love, to love everyone. That doesn't mean I must condone the lifestyle choices that someone chooses.”
    Sure it does... if you expect the rest of the human beings on Earth not to burn you next week for your personal bat_hittery. Youre entitled to religion bub, not forcing your crazycakes on other people.

    Posted by: Tarc | Mar 18, 2014 10:02:13 PM


  13. Yep, Jae, nothing says fiscally sound like spending millions drug testing people just to save a few tens of thousands. Hope no company is stupid enough to hire you to balance their books.

    Posted by: LiamB | Mar 18, 2014 10:02:52 PM


  14. So my business should be able to reject Republicans!

    Posted by: Art | Mar 18, 2014 10:27:50 PM


  15. @LIAMB:

    Yup. Ignore the problem and sweep it under the rug. It's your mentality why this country is trillions of dollars in debt.

    Posted by: Zeus | Mar 18, 2014 10:55:02 PM


  16. @ZEUS, if you think this country is in trillions of dollars in debt because of drug using food stamp individuals, your mentality is screwed up.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Mar 18, 2014 11:04:08 PM


  17. Thank you, Senator, for connecting the dots for us in the most obvious way!

    Posted by: cooley | Mar 19, 2014 12:35:52 AM


  18. If you can't "condone the lifestyle choices" of people, then get out of politics. You are incapable of leading.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Mar 19, 2014 1:35:50 AM


  19. The phrase "lifestyle choice" is so offensive and stupid, why mot just come right out and say "if people decide they want to be fags".

    Posted by: Tristram | Mar 19, 2014 2:28:24 AM


  20. That doesn't mean I must condone" a gay "lifestyle." Self-important pr*ck. I don't recall ever asking your opinion about my life. No one gave you the authority to judge my life. Your opinions are worthless.

    Posted by: jmartindale | Mar 19, 2014 7:05:33 AM


  21. Proof that morons vote.

    Posted by: Rad | Mar 19, 2014 7:23:07 AM


  22. It's amazing what passes for logic these days.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 19, 2014 8:16:50 AM


  23. Yeah, I'm a follower of Jesus Christ too - and I don't condone flaming as*holes like Jensen. And he's a REPUBLICAN ... shocking!!

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 19, 2014 8:30:48 AM


  24. As usual...show me a Republican politician, and I'll show you a bigot.

    Posted by: Kieran | Mar 19, 2014 9:44:51 AM


  25. For Goldwater conservatives like him (and Rand Paul), it’s just the next logical step, legislative reinstatement of Jim Crow. I’m glad he’s open about it.

    Mind you, their free market, 40 years after white women entered the workforce en mass, still pays them 23% less. And it had 80 or 90 years to address the exclusion of blacks, and we know what happened there: terror and murder.

    Posted by: Carlie,JD | Mar 19, 2014 11:32:15 AM


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