A South Dakota lawmaker has enraged many people within his own party after declaring that KKK business owners should be allowed to refuse service to black people. South Dakota state Sen. Phil Jensen (R) filed a bill which would have allowed this, as well as business owners to refuse service to gay people on the basis of sincerely held religious belief. The bill known as SB 128 was rejected 5-2 by the State Senate Judiciary, but perhaps just as shocking was that it received any votes.
Jensen justified his bill by explaining that even if select service based on race and orientation was permitted, it likely still wouldn’t succeed in the marketplace. “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,” he explained. “Guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them.”
However, he reserved far greater criticism for the gay community and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s recent veto of a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays. “As a follower of Jesus Christ, I’m commanded to love everyone. That doesn’t mean I must condone the lifestyle choices that someone chooses,” said Jensen. “The GLBT movement doesn’t just want societies approval. They want their lifestyle choices applauded; they want standing ovations.”
(Photo: Phil Jensen)