Republican Robert Bentley has been sworn in as the new Governor of Alabama, and is kicking things off with a bang: he’s drawn a very clear (and very public) distinction between how he feels about his Christian constituents and how he feels about those who are not.
In short, you’d better find Jesus if you want to be on the governor’s good side.
Shortly after taking the oath of office on Monday, Gov. Bentley went to church and gave a speech welcoming Alabama Christians as his brothers and sisters, saying this:
“There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit. … 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. … 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.”
The governor’s communications director, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, gave a quick clarification that Gov. Bentley “is the governor of all the people, Christians, non-Christians alike.” That’s all well and good, but how should a non-Christian feel when his/her top elected official makes it very clear that fellow Christians have a special place in the state of Alabama, and that non-Christians could have that same place if only they agreed to follow the governor’s chosen religion?
Oh, and don’t worry: the governor is quick to point out that he may have been elected by the Republican party, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be racist.
No, really. Here’s what he said:
“I was elected as a Republican candidate. But once I became governor … I became the governor of all the people. I intend to live up to that. I am color blind.”
He just keeps digging a hole, doesn’t he? Who the hell makes a point of implying that despite being a Republican, he’s now going to be color blind? WHAT THE HELL?!