Robert Foster on Civil Rights



Being discriminated against is part of our free society

Q: In one of your tweets, you said being discriminated against is part of the price we pay to live in a free society. What did you mean by that?

A: I actually feel discriminated against a lot as a conservative. I feel discriminated against a lot as a Christian in our society today, and attacked a lot for my beliefs. But I think people have the right to free speech. I don't want to quell somebody's free speech because I don't believe in what I believe. We have groups of people out there trying to not even allow the other side to have a say.

[Race-based discrimination is] not what I was talking about in that tweet. If you discriminate against somebody because of their skin color or something of that nature, that is wrong, and everybody would agree that that is wrong.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2019 Mississippi Gubernatorial race , Feb 6, 2019

Denying services to gays different than denying to blacks

Q: A gay couple recently were searching for a wedding venue, but were turned down by multiple venues after they showed up and the owners realized they were a gay couple. You would allow businesses to refuse to serve LGBT people; shouldn't they have to post a "No Gays" public notice?

A: They could have simply called and just been upfront with them about (being a gay couple). Just call when you know it's something out of the ordinary and be upfront with the person, and then go do business with the people you want to do business with.

Q: Would you say that to an interracial couple?

A: I think that's completely different situation. I just do, to me. It is not an issue, I think. I think race is completely different than getting somebody involved in a religious ceremony that goes against their core beliefs.

Q: Historically, Christians in the South believed God "made the races separate."

A: Honestly, I just don't see that in my views as a Christian. I haven't gotten that from the Bible.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2019 Mississippi Gubernatorial race , Feb 6, 2019

Let businesses refuse to serve LGBT people

Foster, who is Baptist, touts his status as a "strong Christian and balanced conservative voice," and his record of supporting anti-LGBT legislation is sure to endear him to evangelicals. In 2016, Foster wrote in support of House Bill 1523, the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act," which guarantees businesses the right to discriminate against and refuse to serve LGBT people on the basis of personal religious beliefs about same-sex marriage and gender identity.

Foster defended his support for the bill at the time, writing in April 2016 that "dealing with discrimination is part of the price you pay to live in a free society." Later that month, Gov. Phil Bryant signed it into law.

Source: Jackson Free Press on Mississippi voting record: HB1523 , Dec 10, 2018

2015: Never heard anyone being offended by our state flag

Foster's support for the Mississippi flag may please the state's right-wing Republican base: "I have lived in Mississippi all of my life. I have never once heard anyone mention being offended by our state flag until the tragic shooting in South Carolina when the media told us we were supposed to be offended," Foster wrote on Facebook in November 2015.

Blaming Dylann Roof's massacre of worshipers for disdain for the Confederate battle emblem in the state flag is a common talking point today among the flag's supporters. But many Mississippians expressed discomfort with the state flag's canton well before 2015. In 2001, flag critics led an effort to change the flag with a referendum, with a focus on improving the state's business climate and reputation to outsiders rather than what it represents, that ultimately failed among race lines.

Today, many white Mississippians who previously supported the state flag are changing their minds based on the racist legacies of slavery & the Civil War.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2019 Mississippi governor race , Dec 10, 2018

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MS Senatorial:
Chris McDaniel
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David Baria
Jensen Bohren
Mike Espy
Roger Wicker

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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