RE: Governor of Alabama - Some of us have different "definitions" of "family"...

I'm not sure what your definition of "family" is, but I have a hard time imagining familial ties requiring acknowledgment or affirmation to be validated.  Family is family, right?  I'm not sure what particular theology Governor Bentley subscribes to (yes, yes, some brand of conservative Baptist), but parents don't need their children to call them mommy and daddy to love them.

I don't need my sisters and brothers to do or say anything for them to deserve my love.  I want to sit at the same Thanksgiving table...


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Alabama governor touches off controversy with Christian comments 
        By: CNN Political Unit
       
(Update: The governor later apologized) 
(CNN)  Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is kicking off his first term in office with a bit of controversy, telling a church audience Monday that he only considers Christians to be his "brothers and sisters."
"Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters," he told parishioners at a Baptist church in Montgomery Monday shortly after being sworn in. "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."
"There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit," Bentley also said, according to the Birmingham News. "But if you have been adopted in God's family like I have, and like you have if you're a Christian and if you're saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister."
Rebekah Caldwell Mason, Bentley's communications director, was not immediately available for comment but told the Birmingham News that Bentley "is the governor of all the people, Christians, non-Christians alike."
Bentley also celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his speech and said he will govern in accordance with King's teachings.
'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," Bentley also said.

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But I must confess, again, because it bears repeating, that I have made demands of loved ones and strangers.  I have required conversion before I called neighbors "brother" and "sister."  I cannot criticize Governor Bentley for his exclusivism and arrogance without first owning my own past.  I have committed these sins.  I am sorry for it.  I can still do better.  All of us can.  Thanks be to God that there is grace for me and for Governor Bentley and for Sarah Palin and Jeremiah Wright.


My sisters and brothers are Muslims and Hindus and Southern Baptists and Atheists.

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