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.”

Comments

  1. Chrislam says

    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.

  2. ian says

    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.

  3. Jae says

    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.

  4. Chrislam says

    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.

  5. Chrislam says

    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.

  6. ny2.0 says

    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.

  7. Burt says

    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?

  8. JJ says

    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.

  9. Tarc says

    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.

  10. LiamB says

    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.

  11. Tristram says

    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”.

  12. jmartindale says

    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.

  13. Carlie,JD says

    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.

  14. anon says

    Bakeries! Yes, the forefront (or is that storefront?) of civil rights!

    I think he’s inconsistent wanting freedom of association rights for businesses but wants to have mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients (where does that lead–jail? denial of benefits?). If you are free to discriminate (and in many ways that’s already true), you should also be free to take “drugs” without govt. interference. And Libertarians have been for legalization for years. So, this isn’t a philosophy, just one man’s opinion.

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