• New Governor of Alabama Wants to Be Your Brother (Assuming You Aren't Jewish or Muslim or an Atheist or Something Weird Like That)

    Only in Alabama… Oh, and probably Louisiana. And Texas. And West Virginia and Mississippi and… Well, let's just say the entire southeastern United States. But this particular story takes place in Alabama

    On the day of his swearing-in, Alabama Republican Gov. Robert J. Bentley raised concern among the state's non-Christians by declaring that people who had not accepted Jesus Christ were not his brothers and sisters.

    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."

    First of all, I'd just like to point out how magnanimous I am for not pointing out how much Bentley resembles the creepy preacher character from Poltergeist II: The Other Side. I could very easily have gone for that joke, but I didn't. I showed some decorum, which is something Gov. Bentley maybe should have considered.

    Secondishly, I feel obligated to play the devil's advocate here and point out that perhaps Bentley meant "you're not my brother and you're not my sister" as a compliment. I can imagine that, after hearing that speech, a lot of his state's residents would be relieved to learn that they are of no familial connection to him.

    Though, this is Alabama we're talking about. Does "no familial connection" even count as a legitimate string of words down there.


    Tags: Alabama, Bill of Rights, Christianity, Constitution, Religion

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