In a speech given by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Martin Luther King Day, shortly after being sworn in, Bentley pissed off his non-saved constituents by proclaiming that if you don’t have the holy spirit living inside you, you’re not his brother or sister.
Oh the irony. Savor it.
Ok so to be fair, the amount of voters in Alabama that he actually offended was like 8. But his office issued an empty apology anyway: “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.”
Really? Are ya? What a way to start off your term. It takes most public servants at least a week to do enough damage to need to fake-apologize.
First off, the celebration of MLK Day should be all about equality and bringing people together. But Bentley’s speech alienated anyone that does not share the same beliefs as him. Not only did it exclude non-believers, but we’re also talking Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and the rest of the world’s religions. But since we’re talking about Alabama, I still estimate 8 total.
So it’s likely that Bentley’s apology was not so much directed toward the citizens of Alabama, but more likely directed toward civil rights groups that can make trouble for the governor, like the Anti-Defamation League. Let’s be honest, there were probably a hell of a lot more Klansmen in attendance than non-Christians. So yeah I get it, he’s trying to reach out to his audience.
The point I’m trying to make is that if you’re a servant of the people, then you’re a servant of ALL the people, and should refrain from making exclusionary statements like the ones he made on MLK Day. It’s pretty obvious that such a detailed statement about Bentley’s views is indeed reflective of his actual feelings. And while such a statement went over fine with his base, in a state redder than “the blood of christ,” it does not sit well with those of us that are fearful of Bentley’s career expanding past the role of governor in the future.
So if you live in Alabama and are not included as one of Robert Bentley’s holy trinity siblings, you are not represented in government. Run as fast as you can toward the first bit of blue land you can find.
I have a dream. That one day, elected officials will read the constitution and understand the importance of the separation of church and state.