SD Republican Okay With Racial Discrimination

A Republican legislator from South Dakota who authored legislation that failed to pass that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT people is disappointed that they didn’t go even further and let businesses to discriminate against black people too.

South Dakota state Sen. Phil Jensen (R) believes that a recently-killed bill that would have let companies discriminate against LGBT people should have also let businesses owners in the Ku Klux Klan refuse service to African-Americans.

Last week, the State Senate Judiciary voted, five to two, to kill Jensen’s SB 128, which went even beyond Arizona’s failed discrimination bill by explicitly saying that businesses could discriminate based on “sexual orientation.”

“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,” Jensen explained to South Dakota Public Radio. “The GLBT movement doesn’t just want societies approval. They want their lifestyle choices applauded; they want standing ovations.”

Oh yes, of course. Not being discriminated against = wanting a standing ovation. That’s a totally rational analysis of the situation.

And in an interview with Rapid City Journal that was published over the weekend, the Republican lawmaker took his support for discrimination to the extreme.

“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 patronize them,” he said.

Yeah. History is on line 1 and would like to have a chat with you, Mr. Jensen.

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  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    Twenty years ago, someone like Jensen would have resigned in disgrace. The US media would have willingly publicized it, and the republican rank and file would have been up in arms calling for his resignation.

    Now, republicans say “Meh”, or more likely “he’s presidential material!”

  • zmidponk

    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 patronize them

    I would like to hope that society had sufficiently changed that this statement is actually true. However, I strongly suspect that if this was actually allowed, that hope would be proved false.

  • zmidponk

    And I should point out that there is plenty of evidence that society definitely has not sufficiently changed for this to be true for discrimination based on sexuality, so that just makes that statement doubly erroneous.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The irony is that he owns a glitter and Ecstasy store. Talk about chopping yourself off at the knees.

  • gshelley

    I’ve seen this from a few people recently. To be honest, I expect to see it more. They really want to be able to discriminate against gay people, and, not that it will necessarily stop them, but they can’t make any sort of logical or coherent argument that it is important to respect religious freedom when it comes to not liking gays, but not when it comes to not liking blacks or Muslims.

  • Trebuchet

    @2: Since poll after poll has shown a majority of the population supports gay marriage, perhaps the bakers should be thankful his bill failed so they don’t get put out of business.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down …

    Well, yeah – how many bakery customers want vanilla only, no chocolate?

  • tfkreference

    Of course reprehensible actions have repercussions for businesses. I mean 25 years ago the Exxon Valdez ran aground and since then Exxon’s business dropped so much that they had to join with another company and now rely on government handouts.

  • zmidponk

    Trebuchet:

    @2: Since poll after poll has shown a majority of the population supports gay marriage, perhaps the bakers should be thankful his bill failed so they don’t get put out of business.

    The problem is, for someone to be so unpopular, they go out of business, the market for products and services from bigoted arseholes needs to be so small, it simply can’t support them, so it doesn’t have to just be the majority who won’t do business with them, but pretty much everyone who won’t.

  • dingojack

    See here.

    Dingo

  • http://thebronzeblog.wordpress.com/ Bronze Dog

    “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 patronize them,” he said.

    History lessons aside, how naive does a person have to be to fall for this?

    I’m sure there’s no shortage of places where a store could advertise a “whites only” policy and attract more customers, even if they’re otherwise less competitive. It’s like prestige pricing. Sometimes people will pay extra for an otherwise ordinary or even inferior product because they perceive social rewards for displaying it. Racists would gain a new method for signalling that they’re one of the tribe.

  • naturalcynic

    Being South Dakota, “black” might be a code word for Native American.

  • https://www.facebook.com/adam.achen A Waterchapel

    Being a South Dakotan (I can’t do much about Jensen, wrong end of the state), I agree that black is quite likely code for native. We’ve a vanishingly small black demographic and rampant anti-native racism.

  • Kimpatsu

    Ed, it may interest you to know that the ex-UKIP MEP from England, Godfrey Bloom, makes that very argument (he seems to be a Libertarian) on the grounds of “my gaff, my rules”; i.e., if I run a business, I can refuse service to anyone I want. When asked if he would accept being refused service himself on the grounds of his Jewish ancestry, Bloom appeared puzzled why anyone would refuse HIM service…

  • Kimpatsu

    The GLBT movement doesn’t just want societies approval.

    *society’s. FFFY!

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Twenty years ago, someone like Jensen would have resigned in disgrace>’

    Someone like Jensen probably had the seat before Jensen got elected, someone who was just sensible enough to keep his mouth shut about his racism.

    My dad grew up in Dell Rapids and was casually racist all of his life. However, he was not uneducable and I suspect that he would have reluctantly granted that blacks, teh GAY and others whom Jensen would like to see stripped of their rights are far better people than Jensen could dream of being. People like Jensen have apparently made the decision that racism and homophobia will HELP them in their political careers. Sad thing is that he’s prolly right.

  • Synfandel

    John Howard Griffin excepted, I don’t think being black (or any other colour) is anyone’s “lifestyle choice”.