That distinguished man to the left is the new governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley — and, in case you haven’t heard, Governor Bentley just set a record for how quickly one can “make a scene” after entering office.
The Anti-Defamation League and the Muslims are all aflutter about what the governor said just moments after his inauguration on Monday. The governor is a Christian and while meeting with a church group after the inauguration ceremony had the audacity to say, “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. . . . If the Holy Spirit lives in you that makes you my brothers and sisters. Anyone who has not accepted Jesus, I want to be your brothers and sisters, too.”
Yes, I know. I felt that shudder.
Put aside for the moment that the governor was simply repeating what Jesus Himself taught and the Church historically has believed, this is officially “unacceptable” to our modern guardians of the sensitivities of everyone except those who believe the Bible.
The Anti-Defamation League was quick to express their flabbergastedness. ADL’s regional director, Bill Nigut blurted:
His comments are not only offensive, but also raise serious questions as to whether non-Christians can expect to receive equal treatment during his tenure as governor.
And, not to be outdone, our friends, the ever-sensitive followers of Muhammad, said “Amen.” Ashfaq Taufique, president of the Birmingham Islamic Society, expressed his dismay over the governor’s religious convictions:
Does it mean that those who according to him are not saved are less important than those who are saved? Does he want those of us who do not belong to the Christian faith to adopt his faith? That should be toned down. That’s not what we need. If he means that, I hope he changes it. We don’t want evangelical politicians. They can be whatever in their private life.
Hey, we hear you, Ashfaq. Governor Bentley certainly seems to be a great threat to the safety and security of the citizens of Alabama. Saying that he would like everyone to receive Jesus sounds much more sinister than Muhammed’s statement that Muslims have an obligation to slay all Christians “wherever you find them.” (Qur’an 9:5)
Yep, best keep an eye on that new governor of yours. You never know what he’ll do next. I mean, who knows? you might even catch him praying for you! the horror!
Please know that you along with all the people of Alabama have our sympathies. How will you sleep at night?