January 19, 2011 by USA Post
Robert Bentley, (CP) – Robert Bentley church before a crowd a few moments in his new administration that those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his brothers and sisters, shocking some critics who wondered whether it might be fair to the non- Christian.
“Everybody here today has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I tell you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother Bentley said Monday, his inauguration day, according Birmingham News.
The Anti-Defamation League, called Tuesday’s shocking remarks Bentley.
“His comments 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,” said Bill Nigut, the regional director of ADL.
Speaking at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church, after the official opening ceremony, Bentley told the crowd that he considered all those who believed in Jesus to be his brothers and sisters regardless of color, but someone who is not a Christian does not have that same relationship with him.
“If the Holy Spirit dwells within you that makes you my brothers and sisters. He, who has not accepted Jesus, I want to be your brothers and sisters, too, “said Bentley.
After his speech, Bentley said he did not mean to insult anyone.
Answering questions about it, Bentley’s office issued a statement Tuesday saying he believes “it is the governor of all of Alabama.”
“The governor made clear he would be the governor of all Alabamians -. Democrat, Republican, independent, young, old, black and white, rich and poor, as indicated in the (first) address, the Governor believes Bentley that his job is to make the life of everyone’s better, the statement said.
Ashfaq Taufique, president of the Islamic Society of Birmingham, told The Birmingham News, he was not sure how Bentley’s remarks were intended.
“Does that mean that those under him are not registered are less important than those who are saved?” Taufique said. “Does he want those of us who do not belong to the Christian faith to adopt its faith? What should be mitigated? This is not what we need. If he wants to say that I hope it changes. We do not want evangelical politicians. They are all in their private lives. ”
The official with the Anti-Defamation League, which fights against discrimination against Jews, said it looked like Bentley was using the office of governor to plead for Christian conversion.
“If he does, he dances dangerously close to a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which forbids the government to promote the establishment of religion,” Nigut said.
Associated Press Writer Bob Johnson in Montgomery contributed to this report.
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