Welcome to the great Christian nation of Alabama!

So sayeth  (or meaneth) the new Governor. The former pastor seems not to have the hang of his new job yet. (h/t to friend Ed)

“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.”

That ought to put the rest of them in their place.

28 responses to “Welcome to the great Christian nation of Alabama!

  1. scriptorobscura

    Oh my, is he serious? Is he for real? This frightens me. What is this guy going to do as governor, if this is the way he talks? This is really chilling. It saddens me that there are people who are still like this in the world. Sobering.


  2. The former pastor seems not to have the hang of his new job yet.


    While I agree with you that it requires watching, this sounds awfully dangerous.


  3. Uh oh, Jews and muslims and budhists and atheists and, and, and, watch out! Hum, what’s the average IQ in Alabama? How did this guy get in office!


  4. Ms. Holland,

    You know, just a little context would go a long way. The Governor was speaking at the Church that Martin Luther King JR. Pastored, on Martin Luther King Day. For some reason while the people of the Great State of Alabama are being made fun of, I thought that fact could have a small relevance.


  5. shortbuswonderkid

    My wife and I hate Las Vegas and we want to move. We will be checking Alabama off the list. (We like God and we think he likes us too, but man, I don’t want to live ANYWHERE that the Gov’na isn’t my brother.)


  6. Note to WOODSTOCK, the IQ question, while valid, could also be asked about Florida where we recently elected an almost-felon to governor.


  7. I, for one, am glad he’s not my brother. I don’t need any more nuts in my family.


  8. Well the poor misunderstood fellow apologized… sort of.

    Note the non-apology apology…


  9. Ms. Holland,

    ” How does that change anything Alan? He told the assembled he’s pretty much the governor of the christian citizens. Holy elvis! ”

    Oh, I don’t know. I just thought,,,,, that if you were speaking in a Church on a day honoring a man who was a Pastor, a Religious message would probably be appropriate. But I see you disagree.


    • I don’t actually – a religious message might be appropriate, even from the governor. I understand that. But that’s not the objection anyone has. Read his damn statement Alan. It was wrong.

      And irony of irony, his message was one of exclusion – on MLK Day.


  10. Ms. Holland,

    ” Read his damn statement Alan. It was wrong. ”

    Again, I think you see and hear what you want to. In the context of speaking in a Church to what I can only assume are Church goers it seems pretty right to me. That is based on what you posted.

    ” And irony of irony, his message was one of exclusion – on MLK Day. ”

    Who is he excluding, Atheists ? I am still not seeing what you are seeing. Again, he is in a Church. Martin Luther King JR was a minister. Explain what I am missing.


    • He said he viewed non-Christian citizens differently than his Christian ‘brotehrs and sisters’. That’s exclusion.

      MLK? Entirely about widening the circle – the gov was tightening the circle.

      An old Catholic poem from my ‘youth’:

      He drew a circle to shut me out
      Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
      But love and I had the wit to win.
      We drew a circle that took him in.

      The gov was about the first two lines. MLK was all about the second two lines.


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