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Old 01-19-2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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You're Not My Brother And You're Not My Sister

On MLK day too-that's the spirit!

New Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Criticized for Christian-Only Message - ABC News

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley offended some of his new constituents this week when he told a church crowd that he would only accept as his brothers and sisters those who had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.

"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," Bentley said Monday at a church service held moments after his inauguration, according to The Birmingham News.

Some non-Christians said they were offended by the comments and questioned whether the new governor would offer equal treatment to people of other faiths and non-believers.

"We live in a country that is hugely diverse," said David Silverman, president of American Atheists, the country's oldest atheist civil rights group. "The governor basically said: 'If you're not like me, you're second class.' This is a man puts the Bible above the Constitution and his preacher above the president. His words are disgusting and bigoted and reinforce Alabama's reputation for being backward and bigoted."

Speaking to a mixed-race crowd at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church, Bentley, a Republican, said he considered anyone who believed in Christ to be a brother regardless of color, but people who were not Christian could not have as close a relationship to him.

"If the Holy Spirit lives in you, that makes you my brothers and sisters. Anyone who has not accepted Jesus, I want to be your brothers and sisters, too," Bentley said.

Trying to clarify his remarks Bentley's office issued a statement Tuesday, but for more minority groups the damage was done.

A spokesman for the Anti Defamation League said the governor's comments were "stunning" and "distressing" and were tantamount to proselytizing.

"It is stunning to me that he'd make those remarks. It's distressing because of the suggestion that he feels that people who aren't Christian are not entitled to love and respect," said Bill Nigut, the ADL's regional director.

"On the day that he is sworn in as governor, he's sending a statement to the public saying if you're not Christian you can't be with me. From our point of view that is proselytizing for Christianity and coming very close to a violation of the First Amendment."

Alabama Governor Clarifies Remarks on Christianity

Responding to the backlash, Governor Bentley's office Tuesday released a statement clarifying his comments.

"The governor clearly stated that he will be the governor of all Alabamians — Democrat, Republican and Independent, young, old, black and white, rich and poor. As stated in his [inaugural] address, Gov. Bentley believes his job is to make everyone's lives better," the statement said.

Bentley is not the first recently sworn in governor this year to inflame racial or religious tensions. Last week the new governor of Maine, Republican Paul LePage, told critics they could "kiss my butt" over his decision to not attend a Martin Luther King Day celebration. LePage, who has a black adopted son, said he did not have time to attend the event.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:23 PM   #2
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Its Alabama, what do you expect?

I mean, its the Bible belt, so narrow minds are common there.
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I am not his brother.
I don't even need a dna test, no chance.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:13 PM   #4
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Rabbi Beth Bahar of Huntsville's Temple B'nai Sholom was matter-of-fact. "Fortunately, he can be my governor without being my brother," Bahar said. "Realistically, we all have an outlook in the world, our biases, either consciously or not. At least he is up-front about his world view. It's a world view the Jewish community has experience working with. Hopefully, his agenda will consciously include everyone."
Typical Deep South rabbi. And as a "matter-of-fact" coping strategy, I completely agree with her. But in context it also reflects a certain passivity about your status in the community, about what you have a right to expect and demand. That's not something I miss.
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Its Alabama, what do you expect?

I mean, its the Bible belt, so narrow minds are common there.
Bit prejudiced, no?
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Bit prejudiced, no?
Yeah, probably. But you wouldn't see a politician from New York or California say any of that.

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"We live in a country that is hugely diverse," said David Silverman, president of American Atheists, the country's oldest atheist civil rights group. "The governor basically said: 'If you're not like me, you're second class.' This is a man puts the Bible above the Constitution and his preacher above the president. His words are disgusting and bigoted and reinforce Alabama's reputation for being backward and bigoted."
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Yeah, probably. But you wouldn't see a politician from New York or California say any of that.
A contradictory statement if ever there was one.
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OK, OK, I shot my mouth off and made an ass out of myself again. Clearly, I have yet to learn how to think before I speak.

Carry on...
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Way to follow Christ's teachings, buddy !

I have to think these people's filters are broken or don't exist or something...what other reason could there possibly be for someone to sit there and think, "Yeah, this sounds like something that'd be okay to say aloud"?

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Alabama governor: Non-Christians are 'not my brother' - latimes.com


I read that article in my morning paper

and this was more of a non-story for me.

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The new governor is a Sunday school teacher and deacon at Tuscaloosa's First Baptist Church, which considers "passionately" evangelizing to be a "key core value," according to its website.

Speaking to a large crowd Monday at Montgomery's Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church — where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached — Bentley said that "if you're a Christian and you're saved ... it makes you and me brother and sister," according to a report in the Birmingham News.

"Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters," he added, according to the paper. "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."
The guy is a Sunday School teacher speaking from a pulpit trying to bring people to Jesus. What is surprising?
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Way to follow Christ's teachings, buddy !

I have to think these people's filters are broken or don't exist or something...what other reason could there possibly be for someone to sit there and think, "Yeah, this sounds like something that'd be okay to say aloud"?

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He's also the highest elected official of the state, speaking on a major public holiday honoring MLK Jr., at a racially mixed congregation, and it's Alabama, so, ghosts of history all about (hence his prefacing the statement by professing his "color-blindness")...you want to get it right all-around in a situation like that. There's more going on than just you, the Sunday School teacher, addressing your own congregation. It's an odd and sociopolitically inappropriate situation in which to be asserting boundaries to your goodwill in the first place.
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Looking closer, I do see it was on a Monday, MLK holiday and not a Sunday sermon. He needs to know that he can not always wear his evangelical hat.

If he wants to be a missionary (full time), he should resign and and take up that vocation.
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""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," Bentley said Monday at a church service held moments after his inauguration, according to The Birmingham News."



The event was a church service. In this context Bentley was expressing his faith.


The Christian faith is a very narrow faith. The Christian faith says there are not many roads to heaven or many beliefs or ideas that are all equal.


There is only that rebel from Nazareth claiming to be God and claiming to be the only way to salvation.

That is the hard cut of the message of Jesus.
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Alabama governor apologizes for remarks during inauguration

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley apologized Wednesday for his inauguration day remarks about only Christians being his brothers and sisters and said he would work over the next four years for people of all faiths and colors.

Bentley, 67, said he didn't mean to insult anyone and was speaking as an evangelical Christian to fellow Baptists. The retired dermatologist, who replaced two-term Republican Gov. Bob Riley, is a Sunday school teacher and deacon at Tuscaloosa's First Baptist Church.

"If anyone from other religions felt disenfranchised by the language, I want to say I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone in any way," Bentley said Wednesday.

Alabama governor apologizes for remarks during inauguration - St. Petersburg Times
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