Jesse Lee Peterson: Super Genius

Jesse Lee Peterson, the black preacher who is such an assbackwards reactionary that he thinks women shouldn’t have the right to vote, has a solution to those businesses who want to discriminate against gay people. He says they should take the money but donate it to anti-gay legal groups.

It’s commendable that these Christians are taking a stand, but I believe that their methods are unwise and are causing them undue suffering.

LGBT groups have deep pockets, and most small businesses cannot afford to spend tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in protracted legal battles. And even if Christians can afford to do battle in court, they often lose when they appear in front of liberal judges who are sympathetic to homosexuals.

But I say that Christians can have their cake and eat it, too!

Taking the sinners’ money does not equate to condoning the sin. It just means that we would be better funded and equipped to do battle…

If every Christian business owner had the mindset of using the sinners’ money for the good and said: “I don’t condone your sin, but I’ll take your money and use it to fight against you” – the outcome would be good and pleasing to God.

If Christians did this, here’s what would happen:

Homosexuals would stop trying to force us to provide services for their “weddings” because they would know that we would use their money to fight against their destructive idea of marriage.

And since we would be following the law (until we can change it), we’d be less likely to be sued. If we were sued, we would likely win because we would not be “discriminating” against anyone.

Well I’m not gay, but if I were and had a business tell me this, I’d say, “Fine by me.” If you want to waste your money by giving it to an anti-gay group to fight against equality, knock yourself out. It’s not like those groups would stop fighting against equality in the absence of a $500 from a bakery. And it’s a losing battle anyway.

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  • John Pieret

    If the OTHER bigots had thought of this, the KKK would be rich!

  • eric

    Well I’m not gay, but if I were and had a business tell me this, I’d say, “Fine by me.” If you want to waste your money by giving it to an anti-gay group to fight against equality, knock yourself out.

    It might make a difference to some people. If you’re the sort who thinks its a good idea to boycott Chick-fil-A because of what causes the owner financially supports, then that same sort of argument would apply to the local baker or wedding photographer who advertises that they use profits to fight against SSM.

    Having said that, as long as gays are free to choose which services to hire/purchase from, the battle has been won. The point is equal treatment under law, and Peterson’s position is basically conceding defeat on the legal equality issue.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    How did such an idiot get such a reputation for being brilliant?

    It’s passive-aggressive weaselling – yahweh would approve.

  • Kevin Kehres

    So, let me parse this, because I’m having a little trouble with it.

    1. Serve LGBT communities (in other words, don’t discriminate)

    2. Give the money earned by not discriminating to legal groups advocating discrimination

    Um…why not serve those communities (in other words, don’t discriminate) and keep the profits? Isn’t living well a better revenge than deliberately giving away your profits? And if you tithe … well, I’m sure that’s nobody’s business but yours. And the fatter wallet of whatever preacher you’re supporting.

  • Alverant

    My guess is that what Peterson means by “use your money against you” is “give it to me”.

  • eric

    @5 – I think you may have nailed it.

  • Larry Kearney

    Checkmate, sinners!

  • abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    Well I’m not gay, but if I were and had a business tell me this, I’d say, “Fine by me.” If you want to waste your money by giving it to an anti-gay group to fight against equality, knock yourself out. It’s not like those groups would stop fighting against equality in the absence of a $500 from a bakery. And it’s a losing battle anyway.

    And, as the fight becomes increasingly futile, more and more the ecology of such “groups” seems likely to be predominated by scams more interested in getting salaries for their staff than for actually having any practical effect — or at least, groups functionally indistinguishable from such scams. I’m not keen on supporting practitioners of the art of the Long Con, but if they’re going to prey on anyone, stupid bigoted business owners would seem one of the most socially desirable possibilities.

  • Trebuchet

    It wasn’t clear to me whether he intended those Christian business owners to actually provide the services, in which case they’re free to do whatever they wish with the money, or simply take the money and not provide the services, which is theft. The “Send Me Money!” part is, of course, all too clear.

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

    I’m starting up SpitePAC (“SpitePAC:; Digging in our heels since forever”), and anxiously await donations from angry assholes and mad morons from all across the country.

  • Subtract Hominem, a product of Nauseam

    Taking good folks’ hard-earned pay

    And using it to fight the gay?

    That’s what they do anyway

    (As we learned from Chick-fil-A).

  • teawithbertrand

    “Taking the sinners’ money does not equate to condoning the sin.”

    Seems to me like he’s admitting that doing business with gay people doesn’t actually violate any of those precious “sincerely held religious beliefs” we’ve heard so much about.

  • jonrowe

    Who are the businesses who can afford to turn down business? The only ones that come to mind are popular nightclubs in cities like New York that reach full capacity and have to turn folks away at the door.

    I’d imagine the vast majority of religious folks with anti-gay convictions would simply take the business and make some kind of excuse for it.

    A bigger thing they have to worry about is the bad publicity that would result in the reverse: boycotts or NOT doing business with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    I think that a business advertised the fact that their “gay” profits are going to anti-LGBT groups that business should be inundated by LGBT patrons. Once the asshole business owner realizes most of his/her profits are flying out of his pocket, the business may close down.

    And speaking of pockets I am sure that with all of the large anti-LGBT groups that are out there, I am sure they have deeper pockets* than LGBT groups.

    *The deep pockets helps these cretins masturbate while watching Gay Pride Parades.

  • Chiroptera

    jonerowe, #13: Who are the businesses who can afford to turn down business?

    Evidently the demand for wedding cakes is so huge that bakers can pick and choose which customers they want to serve based on pretty superficial criteria.

  • eric

    @15 – and the irony is, if they supported gay rights the demand would be even bigger.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I think that a business advertised the fact that their “gay” profits are going to anti-LGBT groups that business should be inundated by LGBT patrons.

    Or assholes [1] who tell them that they’re gay just to cost them money.

    [1] Like, for instance, me.