Senate Bill 128 was bad enough, which obligated the Attorney General to get involved in the middle of fights over denying services to people based on sexual orientation.
But the author of SB 128, Senator Phil Jensen, reveals something really, really scary about the beliefs that spawned his measure; that he thinks you should be able to deny services to people based on race or religion:
Jensen goes so far as to say that businesses should have the right to deny service based on a customer’s race or religion – whether that’s right or wrong, he says, can be fairly addressed by the free market, not the government.
Jensen supported another bill this session, killed last month, that would have required drug testing for welfare recipients. He said he believes that taxpayers have a right to know that their money is being spent appropriately.
But asked whether he thinks recipients of other forms of government assistance should be drug tested, like farmers who receive subsidies, Jensen wasn’t so sure.
“Jensen goes so far as to say that businesses should have the right to deny service based on a customer’s race or religion”
Am I the only one who thinks Phil Jensen thinking it’s ok for businesses to deny services to blacks or Catholics because a shop owner says so is bordering on insanity?
For crying out loud, it’s 2014, not 1914. For a Republican legislator to actually give voice to what sounds like blatant discrimination and bigotry should trouble party members deeply, and make Jensen’s voters question just “who in the hell did they sent to Pierre?”