HopeTracker| Ignoring the freedoms of religious expression guaranteed by the US Constitution, Alabama’s Republican governor Robert J. Bentley, a deacon at Tuscaloosa’s First Baptist Church which promotes evangelizing as a key core value of membership, took his oath of office proclaiming:
“Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters,” he added, according to the paper. “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.”
Jewish leaders sought to minimize the volatile nature of the governor’s comments, saying that Jews generally felt comfortable in Alabama. They characterized the speech as one in a series of “only in Alabama” moments.
“He is a governor, not a mullah,” David Silverman, president of Cranford, NJ-based American Atheists, said. “This is a diverse nation with a secular government. If he doesn’t like it, he shouldn’t be governor.” via LATimes