Alabama Governor Robert Bentley issued shocking remarks against non-Christians

By on Jan 19, 2011 in Current Events, Politics, United States Comments

Robert Bentley, the new Alabama Governor, has openly disowned non-Christians with his remarks at Dexter Street King Memorial Baptist Church on Monday, January 17, 2011, according to international news sites. The highly criticized statement by Governor Bentley was made after his official inauguration.

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) described Bentley‘s statement as shocking. According to ADL‘s Bill Nigut, Gov. Bentley‘s remarks “are not only offensive, but also raise serious questions as to whether non-Christians can expect to receive equal treatment during his tenure as governor.” Nigut added that if Gov. Bentley is using his office to advocate Christian conversion, then “he is dancing dangerously close to a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which forbids government from promoting the establishment of any religion.”

Below is the controversial remarks by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

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.

On Tuesday, Gov. Bentley‘s office issued a statement to explain his controversial remarks. Below is part of the statement released.

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.

Gov. Bentley is a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa.

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