He Seems Nice

Bigotry on Parade

We’re already getting some blow-back from the SCOTUS ruling on religion-based discrimination as The Argus Leader tells us:

A South Dakota lawmaker on Monday said businesses should be able to turn away customers based on race.

In a Facebook comment, state Rep. Michael Clark, a Hartford Republican, said business owners should have the final say in who they serve.

…”He should have the opportunity to run his business the way he wants,” Clark wrote. “If he wants to turn away people of color, then that(‘s) his choice.”


Clark took down the post on Tuesday to re-write it, saying he’d “jumped in on it a little bit too fast.”

That Clark jumped on it at all is kinda the point.

In an interview with the Argus Leader, Clark said that business owners with strongly-held beliefs should be able to turn away customers.

“If it’s truly his strongly based belief, he should be able to turn them away,” Clark said. “People shouldn’t be able to use their minority status to bully a business.”


And if the community doesn’t support a store or restaurant that bars customers for that reason or others, it will put them out of business.

“The vote of the dollar is very strong,” he said.

The rule of law is pretty strong too, bub, like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Clark’s initial comment came in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision Monday siding with a Colorado baker that refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.

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11 Responses to He Seems Nice

  1. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    And to think, righties have always been the ones warning of slippery slopes. It’s another case of projection, as always.


  2. Redhand says:

    I was going to use a “religious belief”/race hypothetical after the bakery ruling, but said
    “Naw, NO one can reasonably make that leap from here. You’ll look foolish.”

    Then this clown actually goes there in public!


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  3. Parfigliano says:

    Having grown up in South Dakota this doesnt shock me at all. When the piece of shit says “race” he means Native Americans. The racism in that State against them is widespread and proudly in the open.


    • tengrain says:

      Parfigliano –

      Thanks for adding that, which is of course not what came to my mind. Context is everything.




    • MDavis says:

      That is where I was going to go (thanks for confirming, btw) what with that whole ‘how dare a bunch of Injuns infringe upon may gawd-given right to contaminate their water with our money-making pipeline’ fight that went down recently.


  4. w3ski4me says:

    Damn, turn one rock over and look at all the scum that slithers out!
    We really need a National Pest Control service of some kind .

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  5. This is not a new argument. Aqua Velva Buddha made the same arguments during his run for Senate, using the very same bullshit “Invisible Middle FInger of the Marketplace” rationalization.

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  6. Pyed says:

    I Have the strongly-held religious belief that I should be allowed to enter any bake shops which discriminates over how it will treat its customers, sample a few of their wares and then fling the rest of the shop’s inventory about inside their establishment until their showroom has a thick creamed, drizzled, and glazed coating.

    This is not merely a rite of my church, but a basic tenant, Ain’t it amazing how religion, which is supposed to be a force for human improvement, in the right hands allows itself to be justification for one acting like an utter dick,

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    • Sirius Lunacy says:

      What is the name of your religion and do I have to be baptised into it? Or can I just sacrifice a Virgin-
      ia ham or two?

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  7. RWW says:

    “The vote of the dollar is very strong”
    Yeah, and whenever boycotts go up against Rush, Ingraham, Hannity, etc all we hear is whining and bleating about how unfair that is and how they’re the real victims of discrimination. What a crock of shit.

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