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Alabama Gov-Elect Bentley Tells Non-Christians He's Not With Them

Isn't this a warm hello from the Governor-Elect Robert Bentley of Alabama?

The Birmingham News: Bentley

Bentley told a big crowd at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where the late civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once was pastor, that he believed it was important for Alabamians ''that we love and care for each other." 
  ''I was elected as a Republican candidate. But once I became governor ... I became the governor of all the people. I intend to live up to that. I am color blind," Bentley said in a short speech given about an hour after he took the oath of office as governor. 
  Then Bentley, who for years has been a deacon at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, gave what sounded like an altar call. 
  "There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit," Bentley said. ''But if you have been adopted in God's family like I have, and like you have if you're a Christian and if you're saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister." 
  Bentley added, ''Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters. So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother." 

Said Bentley later: ''We're not trying to insult anybody." 

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  1. TED - unfair? Are you kidding?

    This is a public official saying he only represents his Christian constituents. How are we NOT supposed to hear that?

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 19, 2011 5:38:21 PM

  2. I live in Alabama. I knew this guy would be a train wreck but had no idea it would happen so f*ing fast.

    People here are for the most part terrible.

    Posted by: clint | Jan 19, 2011 6:25:04 PM

  3. Catholic and Mormon leaders say offensive things all the time, but it takes a Southern Baptist to sound this stupid.

    Posted by: DH | Jan 19, 2011 6:52:04 PM

  4. Being an Alabama native, I was not too terribly shocked at this. This is not uncommon down there. I don't think he was trying to be malicious, but he should have put some thought into his statement.

    Disappointingly, when it comes right down to it, he was a better candidate than his competitors in the Republican primary, like Tim James, who wanted to make sure all drivers' tests would be taken in English, 'cause "this is America, and that's how it should be".

    Oh, Sweet Home Alabama...

    Posted by: Mr. E | Jan 19, 2011 10:22:24 PM

  5. Talibama

    Posted by: Jacknasty | Jan 20, 2011 12:06:50 AM

  6. If that walking cadaver was elected governor, imagine what his opponent must have looked like!

    Posted by: wimsy | Jan 20, 2011 11:59:39 AM

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