HomeUncategorizedAlabama Governor Robert Bentley-"You're not my brother and you're not my sister."

Southern Baptist Alabama Governor Robert Bentley had this to say at a Church service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King: “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.” Oops!

Gov. Bentley' apology is below.




Alabama Governor Robert Bentley-"You're not my brother and you're not my sister." — 10 Comments

  1. In Matthew 9:10 the following is written:

    While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

    It is clear that religious nut cases like Robert Bentley would side with the Pharisees. Also in Matthew 23:23 Jesus speaks of rude and arrogant people like Governor Bentley:

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices-mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law-justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

    Governnor Bentley would be well advised to use the teachings from religion to promote honesty in his life rather than promoting a theocratic government for the state of Alabama. Luke 20:23:

    He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”


  2. What a jerk! Truth be known, I wouldn’t even want him to be one of my hens. He’d squawk a lot, but never produce any eggs.

  3. Although I agree with the sentiment of the diary and the posters who responded to it, I don’t like some of the language.

    Using terms like “nut case” to speak of persons who have themselves misspoken bothers me.  It’s the kind of thing that gets done toward us as rural people, and as progressives and liberals.

    For one thing, I’m a psychologist, and I don’t like prejudicial terms about persons with mental illness used freely.  Consider that slurs against Southerners, rural folks, African Americans, Irish, Latinos, name-your-minority-group members, were once commonly spoken but are now considered to be signs of bigotry.  I’ve never read any use of those words here (unless some Teabaggers sign was being quoted or pictured).  Nut-case is exactly that kind of word. Jack-ass  – well, I’m less bothered by that, however my mother would have washed out my mouth with soap if I’d used that word in public to refer to anything other than a mule or donkey, so I still cringe a little!

    Please, I do not think any one here is a bigot.  I just like to send people here to read and consider ideas that are different from what they hear all the time on Fox news, etc.  I don’t want them put off by what they read.

    OK, I’ll crawl back under my rock, now – still laughing at the Alabama gov.  Feel free to throw stones!  

  4. Wrap themselves with the flag,have Bibles everywhere,have a picture of Hoddy-Dooty AKA..(Reagan)hanging in the background and you have a full blow wing-nut, yes “WING-NUT” or a more up to date term “G-BAGGER”!!Matthew 12:25 says,EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF IS BROUGHT TO DESOLATION;AND EVERY CITY OR HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF SHALL NOT STAND:Pretty powerful words that describe what the right-wing is doing to our country!!!Thanks…  

  5. Trust me on that. No, I don’t know him; no, I wasn’t there. But as a Jew, I learned a long time ago that these guys aren’t misspeaking at all. They’re saying exactly what they mean, and they mean No Jews Allowed. No Muslims, or Hindus, or Confucians, either. Christians Only. A closed little club.

    Add in that he’s a politician, and has spent many years perfecting the art of saying precisely what he thinks will get him the most votes. There was no oopsie here – he meant that only Christians were welcome in his little world. He can apologise from now til doomsday, and that will never change the ears of the recipients he wants voting for him – conservative Christians, and devil take the rest (because they weren’t going to vote for him anyway).

    Apologies mean nothing; TWO of my co-workers have apologised profusely for barring me from attending group lunches by blessing them in Jesus’ name. Did it stop them from doing that? HELL, NO! All they do now is try to do it when they think I’m not listening. Heh. They sincerely believe that only Christians should be there. No joke.

    As for “nut-case” and “jackass” – we were being nice! There are more, better words to describe Bentley. Really.

  6. I understand exactly where you are coming from. It’s embarrassing to watch the, what I consider, hate and intolerance that spews from the so called Christian community.
    It’s for that reason I believe it’s important to call out folks like Robert Bentley for what they are. The Southern Baptist have a history and, I believe, it’s foolish to overlook or forget that history.
    When I covered this event I knew full well it would require a lot of work, some traveling and not many folks would read it, but it was something I believed in and still do.
    Robert Bentley was wrong and if the Christian community remains silent then the silence is their way of approving what Robert Bentley stands for.
    SciMathGuy I don’t belong to a lunch group, but if I did you would be most welcome.

  7. There is nothing in the teachings of Christianity that would promote anyone from excluding a person of the Jewish faith from any activity. It seems rather arrogant for anyone claiming to be a Christian to do so. Perhaps I would expect this sort of thing from a Nazi but not a Christian. If one does not wish to participate in a prayer there is nothing that I can find in the New Testament that would authorize a Christian to oust someone from any activity who is not a member of the Christian faith. I kind of know what you are talking about because the last three letters in my last name are “man”. On more than one occasion people have thought that I was of Jewish ancestry but the “man” was added to my last name in the early 1800s after my ancestors settled in North Carolina after leaving Wales. No one knows why this was done. One thing that I find odd about Kentucky is the number of people who associate the term “Jew” with race instead of a religion. Really there are only three races – Caucasian, Negro, and Mongoloid. Believe it or not all three of these races have people of the Jewish faith included in them. It is a mystery to me why anyone would say that the term Jew refers to a race.      

  8. I refer to myself as a Jewish atheist. Judaism is a religion. Jewish is a race. IMHO.

    I expect disagreement – and that doesn’t honk me off in the least, MM! :0)