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New Ala. gov: Just Christians are his family
AP via Yahoo! News ^ | January 18, 2011 | JAY REEVES

Posted on 01/19/2011 11:27:46 AM PST by americanophile

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 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 Tuesday 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.

"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 ADL's regional director.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; christians; governor; robertbentley
Whenever I doubt that conservatives can give more fodder to their opponents along comes one to fill the void.
1 posted on 01/19/2011 11:27:53 AM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

This is taken out of context. It’s no big deal. Maybe he should be in the closet with an intern on his spare time instead of being in church.


2 posted on 01/19/2011 11:30:18 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: americanophile

Wow! That is something else.


3 posted on 01/19/2011 11:33:58 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: americanophile

Even though what he says is certainly Bible based and true. As an elected official he should know better than to say it.

He needs to decide. Does he want to be a governor or a pastor.


4 posted on 01/19/2011 11:34:42 AM PST by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: americanophile

At least he’s not judgemental


5 posted on 01/19/2011 11:35:21 AM PST by Loud Mime (If you don't believe in God, you will believe in government. Choose your "G")
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To: freedomfiter2

It’s ALWAYS taken out of context, but the more we give them, the more they have to work with. We’ll hear about this forever now - about what intolerant Bible thumpers the Republicans are. This is the “see! see!” kind of moment that they and the media live for. The stupid party.


6 posted on 01/19/2011 11:36:04 AM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

 

Who is My Brother? (Robert Bentley)

1 hour ago - A firestorm has broken out regarding comments by Republican Governor Robert Bentley, who at his inauguration made some statements meeting backlash. ...
www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2659736/posts


7 posted on 01/19/2011 11:36:25 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Oddly enough, the keyword search ‘Robert Bentley’ returned nothing. Not my problem.


8 posted on 01/19/2011 11:38:59 AM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

Not my problem.

________________________________________

I’m not saying it is a problem. But don’t worry. You won’t be the last FReeper today to repost this story.


9 posted on 01/19/2011 11:42:50 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: americanophile

He has a right to his religious viewpoints.

There is a brotherhood among believers that unbelievers don’t share, naturally.

Perhaps it was not PC to acknowledge this fact. So what.

How much spiritual brotherhood would a Jewish governor feel with Muslims? How much spiritual brotherhood would an atheist governor feel with the Amish?

To rejoice in the spiritual brotherhood you have among people of like faith is not controversial unless someone tries to make it so.


10 posted on 01/19/2011 11:49:20 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: freedomfiter2

Further proof the media does not understand the Bible.


11 posted on 01/19/2011 11:53:15 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Persevero

It’s not his rights I’m talking about...it’s his political judgment.


12 posted on 01/19/2011 11:54:00 AM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

The “universal brotherhood of man” is a fundamental principle of freemasonry. It is a concept incompatible with Christianity. The fact that it has become a mandatory piety of our American civic religion speaks volumes.


13 posted on 01/19/2011 11:58:41 AM PST by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: AD from SpringBay

The message of the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing.


14 posted on 01/19/2011 12:00:09 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: americanophile; kosta50

I had put this comment on another thread, earlier:

Since this relationship requires a kind of affirmation of such a faith, where do infants, foetuses and the mentally challenged stand? Are they not “brothers” because they cannot affirm confidence in the said faith?

So many questions, so many thoughts!


15 posted on 01/19/2011 12:02:28 PM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Romulus
But rather than delve into the waters of ‘civic religion,’ why doesn't this man just focus on the job he was elected to do and leave the proselytizing to those more appropriately positioned to affect souls?
16 posted on 01/19/2011 12:08:25 PM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

Jesus said it first:

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” —Matthew 12:50


17 posted on 01/19/2011 12:14:21 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: americanophile

He was trying to connect with those in the church. He is correct. If they, like him, have been adopted into the family of God, that makes them Brothers and Sisters. Not a big deal, just a statement of fact.

No more controversial than saying you know what? We have the same mother so we are brothers/sisters. Just the facts.


18 posted on 01/19/2011 12:15:41 PM PST by bluecollarman (searching .......)
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To: AD from SpringBay

Amen to that. Sounds like a straight-shooter. You all living in Alabama must be pretty proud of your new guv. That is, you all that know the Lord as your Saviour. All else are “condemned already” (John 3:18).


19 posted on 01/19/2011 12:16:45 PM PST by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Abigail Adams

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” —Matthew 12:50

That “will” would include accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour.


20 posted on 01/19/2011 12:17:24 PM PST by bluecollarman (searching .......)
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To: americanophile

“It’s not his rights I’m talking about...it’s his political judgment.”

We get enough of that. I find this refreshing. I am just wondering if he will cave.


21 posted on 01/19/2011 12:20:30 PM PST by bluecollarman (searching .......)
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To: bluecollarman

He will cave, err, ‘clarify his remarks.’


22 posted on 01/19/2011 12:45:35 PM PST by americanophile
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To: bluecollarman
I guess it's just me. I don't like politicians using the megaphone provided by their position preaching; and perhaps it's more that his tone seemed so unnecessarily inflammatory. It's one thing to ask for guidance or to call people to observe a day of thanksgiving, but this goes too far for me. I really don't want the government involved in my church. I hate to admit it, but I have to be intellectually honest. Substitute Christian for Muslim and God for Allah in his statement, which would be his right to say if he were an elected Muslim, and I would be incensed. I fear that pushing the envelope on prosthelytizing in public office will come back to haunt us when our pro-Muslim immigration policy produces the 'multiculturalism' it's designed to produce.
23 posted on 01/19/2011 12:57:07 PM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

You can bet that “non-white-bread” politicians who frequent (alleged) churches have stated things, time after time after time, which make the guvnor’s statement look like milk and water. Black supremacy/Black Panthers anyone?

It is in all orthodox Christian creeds to “do good to all men” and for all we know the guvnor could have repeated this till he was blue in the face, but the news still only glommed on to this little theological bit about brothers and sisters in Christ.


24 posted on 01/19/2011 1:09:34 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: americanophile

The public square needs more acknowledgments of our need for God, not fewer. I really have no patience with the notion that Americans need to be protected from references to God, including from people who aren’t paid to do so.


25 posted on 01/19/2011 1:41:17 PM PST by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: Romulus

What happens when it’s references to Allah?


26 posted on 01/19/2011 2:05:59 PM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

I’ll take that chance.


27 posted on 01/19/2011 2:55:09 PM PST by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: americanophile
It’s not his rights I’m talking about...it’s his political judgment.

I don't know. Many people might be glad to finally see a leader who speaks his Christian mind freely and then stand up to the ADL.

28 posted on 01/19/2011 3:05:10 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: Romulus

...you may be right. I can see both points of view.


29 posted on 01/19/2011 3:07:55 PM PST by americanophile
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To: mas cerveza por favor

It’s a fair point.


30 posted on 01/19/2011 3:08:22 PM PST by americanophile
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