Everyone has already heard about the maniacally theocratic rant of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. Here’s a report on it by Fox News: Alabama Gov: Only Christians are ‘Brothers and Sisters’. Despite that misleading headline, the story accurately reports that Bentley spoke of those he considers to be his brothers and sisters.
As we’ve posted before, Bentley is the creationist dermatologist who, during last year’s Republican primary, accused his opponent of — gasp! — believing in evolution. His opponent vigorously denied the scandalous charge, but he lost anyway. So the citizens of Alabama got themselves a really ruthless creationist for a governor.
After Bentley gave his “not my brother” speech, he backed away from it, somewhat. See Alabama Governor Apologizes for Controversial Religious Remarks. That Fox story quotes him as saying:
If anyone from other religions felt disenfranchised by the language, I want to say I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone in any way.
He didn’t say “I was wrong to say that and I’m sorry.” Instead of admitting his error, all that he said was: “I’m sorry if my speech bothered you.”
It is now our delight to report that Bentley has picked up some heavy-duty support. It comes from WorldNetDaily (WND), the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of our Buffoon Award, thus that jolly logo displayed above this post.
The title of the WND piece is Gov. Bentley, should Jesus apologize?, written by Alan Keyes, who has thus far tried three times for the GOP presidential nomination. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold added by us. Keyes starts out quoting scripture, where Jesus says:
Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
That’s nice, but Bentley isn’t Jesus and he wasn’t quoting scripture. He was saying who he considers to be his — Bentley’s — brothers and sisters. Let’s read on:
Shortly after his inauguration as governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley spoke at “a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at King’s first church, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.” During his speech, he remarked: “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.” Some folks immediately pounced on his comment as evidence of an exclusionary mentality that has no place in American politics.
An “exclusionary mentality”? Jeepers, could it be? Well, dear reader, perhaps Bentley doesn’t consider you his brother or sister. Do you care? If you live in Alabama and have some business that might require a favorable decision by the governor, you might care a great deal. But Bentley doesn’t consider you his brother, and he’s sorry if that bothers you. Keyes doesn’t see any problem here. We continue with Keyes’ defense of Bentley:
The people who want to foment false controversy and divisiveness do so by taking advantage of the fact that, though Christ’s offer is not exclusionary, the community it makes possible is not all-inclusive. The kinship community exists only for those who accept as good the way of living marked out by Christ. It is, in this sense, a community based upon moral and spiritual consent, not biological determinism.
As we understand Bentley according to Keys, only if you qualify for the community of Bentley’s brethren can you be part of a moral community. Here’s more:
Far from being un-American, the American nation was born from the similar premise that true human community arises from the willing and mutual acceptance of a common standard for good.
Right. Only a theocratic community — of the proper (i.e., Bentley approved) denomination — can be good. That’s all Bentley was saying. Who could possibly find that offensive or exclusionary?
Click over to WND to read all of Keyes’ article. It’s an Ark-load of apologetics, and a very thin defense of Bentley’s thoughtless remarks. But it’s rather revealing that this is the best that can be said in Bentley’s favor.
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