Oops on the first dayPublished 4:59pm Monday, January 17, 2011
OK. The new governor is in his first day. He steps into the pulpit at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s church in Montgomery and he opens his mouth.
Gov. Robert Bentley begins to talk.
“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.”
OK. It’s kind of hard to see a GOP conservative as embracing “all the people.” I was fully convinced by his policies that George W. Bush, the former president, wanted all the unhealthy poor people to die, because they sucked so much from the federal pot his friends didn’t have enough. I’m digressing here.
Then Bentley, a deacon at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, began talking about the Holy Spirit and there might be some who were not Christians and saved. Those, Bentley said, are his brothers and sisters. He continued.
“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 tellin g you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”
Wow! What an insult to everyone who is not Christian.
Then comes Rebekah Caldwell Mason, Bentley’s communications director, and says he’s governor of everyone…Christians and non-Christians.
Poor Mason for having to bring out the broom on the first day.
Now, I’m wondering about that word — tolerance — and our governor.
How about you?