New governor: Non-Christians 'not my brother,' 'not my sister'
Anti-Defamation League says remarks 'raise serious questions as
to whether non-Christians can expect to receive equal treatment'
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a church crowd just moments into his new administration that those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his brothers and sisters, shocking some critics who questioned whether he can be fair to non-Christians.
"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," Bentley said Monday, his inauguration day, according to The Birmingham News.
The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday called Bentley's remarks shocking.
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does he have a right as a public servant, to discriminate?
First, separation of church and state. His personal opinions cannot interfere with the actual rights of any citizen in his state. So his opinion of who his brother or sister is, is entirely irrelevant. But every one who lives in that state is a citizen with human rights, protected by law.
Second, he is not wise for what he did. He just divided his state. A house divided cannot stand. I doubt this will go away any time soon.
The supposed separation of church and state only applies to the Federal Government.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"
Any state CAN make religious laws. It's just that most do not.
I'm not familiar with Alabama's constitution, but it likely has a clause about freedom of religion. New York has one, and so does Ohio (those are the only two i've bothered to check).
Separation of church and state? Sorry, no such thing....read your Constitution....it's not in there.
What he said was perfectly true within the parameters of the Christian faith, and anybody offended by it has way too much time on their hands.
I also highly doubt it means he is planning on any sort of discrimination.
So basically....nothing to see here....
"What he said was perfectly true within the parameters of the Christian faith"
correct - exclusion and ignorance. Right in line
Yeah. Gotta love these Christians. So full of love, tolerance.. It's no wonder I think so highly of most of them..
... he isn't discriminating.
He's simply saying that he wants people to be Christian.
When he puts into LAW that people HAVE to be Christian, then I'll go buy a gun.
I thought he had already appologized for his mistake. He said it was a mistake, not me. I don't think it's anymore than a slip of the toungue or pen. It's on record and will help to point out a pattern if one develops. I say we have more important issues than this. But as most of you know I'm an idiot so take what I say with a grain od salt.
"does he have a right as a public servant, to discriminate?"
He has a right to say anything he wants irregardless of who he may offend.
Laws already exist to prevent discrimination and if he violates those laws he will be punished.
I take his remarks to be more pandering to his audience within the church than related to his ability to govern fairly.
At least, I would hope so.
What's so bad about saying that someone isn't your brother or sister, but you'd like them to be your brother or sister.
That just means he wants people to be Christian.
He hasn't mandated Christianity. He just said a few words.
Not a big deal.
" and I want to be your brother " is probably the most important part there. Doesn't sound like he's planning on discriminating, only that he believes that Christians are all brothers and sisters and wishes everyone was a Christian.
That's not likely to happen. But I don't think it means he's going to discriminate against non-Christians...especially if he's hoping they will someday "join his family."
Let's not get excited over imaginary slights... it doesn't help anything.
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