Robert Bentley was sworn in as governor of Alabama on Monday but prior to the inauguration, he was speaking to a congregation of Southern Baptists. It seemed to be a speech about the importance of racial tolerance in the spirit of MLK day, but then it got really weird...
"There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit," Bentley said. ''But if you have been adopted in God's family like I have, and like you have if you're a Christian and if you're saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister." Bentley added, ''Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters. 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."
We here at the Grieve talk a lot about the 1st amendment and specifically the ambiguity and sometimes complete hypocrisy regarding the separation of church and state and this is far from the first evangelical d-bag elected into office trying to pull shit like this but is this not as blatant a transgression against the 1st amendment as we've seen? I mean, I'm ecstatic that I'm not this asshole's brother but I sure as fuck wouldn't want him running my state either.
He would go on to clarify that he likes everyone and will treat everyone equally in an obvious attempt at damage control but the fact remains...in a speech where he was praising himself for his "tolerance," this mother fucker practically made a plea for people to convert to Christianity. On what level would that ever be considered acceptable?
Or is this actually just what passes for tolerant in Alabama?