By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - New Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley upset some with his remarks about only Christians being his brothers and sisters. But he has plenty who agree with him in the Bible Belt state.

Even so, some fellow Baptists say Bentley could have found a nicer way to express his religious views when he made the statement at a Martin Luther King Day service on Monday.

Bentley is a Southern Baptist deacon, and officials with the state Southern Baptist organization say the denomination has about 1.1 million members in Alabama. As many as 600,000 more are members of Baptist churches not affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

In Wetumpka (WEE-tuhmp-kuh), 72-year-old Ron Brooks said he's "inclined to agree" with Bentley's remarks. But he says the new governor wasn't being smart when he made the remarks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jason on Jan 23, 2011 at 11:41 PM
    I get steamed when I hear such things as the Gov's comments, I have never met a Christian although many say they are! The one and only Christian died over 2000 years ago and I'm sure he would have problems with all that has been proclaimed in his name.
  • by Heat Location: Samson on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    Amen!!! The bible says the when we become a Christian that we are to be set a part from the world of sin and act different. It's not that we are better than anybody. We are just different because we are Christians and live by a different standard. I am glad we have a governor that stands up for his Christian life style.
  • by wyman Location: samson on Jan 23, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    It dont what church you go to you can be a christen and not be a member of the Baptist church the bible doesnot tell you what church to go to.
  • by Garrett Location: Dothan on Jan 22, 2011 at 09:36 PM
    ..Of course it doesn't. we aren't too much smarter than 5th graders down here, I mean to disagree with the governor, when we all soundly voted for the fool would be unSouthernlike.
  • by Angie Location: Dothan on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    Amen, Joyce. A real Christian accepts everyone. Jesus never alienated people just because they were of different religions. I am also a Christian, but if you are a human being, you are my brother or sister. When you are a leader, you are a leader to everyone, without exception, whether you like their religion or not. And, we always criticize the radical Muslims for having those same types of ideas, so I see him as being the same as they are, therefore, they must be his brothers too! Hopefully he'll use this as a learning experience, but if we Alabamians don't speak out against this, he'll just keep on and keep making us look like uneducated, backwoods rednecks like the rest of the governors we've had.
  • by David Location: Dothan on Jan 21, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    He clearly singled out all non Christians which would include everyone from Jews and Mormans to Agnostics and Humanists. Our new Governor has started off in the grey area by ignoring the first amendment. Next thing you know he will have creationism taught in public schools and the ten commandments in every courtroom. This is not what we need as Alabamians or Americans. Combining politics with religion has led to the fall of many empires.
  • by lendell Location: montgomery on Jan 21, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    "Of course it does'nt in Alabama"-wink! wink!
  • by popoz Location: ozark on Jan 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Who did they pole to get that answer? Certainly not many non- baptist Christians. People can tell if you are a real Christian without you having to always push you ideals on them. Your actions and how you treat your fellow man will speak volumes for you good or bad and people will know state of your convictions.
  • by Santa Location: North Pole on Jan 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    I see Bently as a liar at this point. He campaigns on a promised to allow a vote on gambling and now says it will not be anytime soon...what a liar. I think he never intended on a vote. I agree with the other comment about his words....he is not a true christian if he beleives what came out of his own mouth....Alabama is so politically screwed up, it's crasy!!!! And big luther,,,ha!!!! He already refers to the issue of gambling as illegal!!!!!! They both should be ashamed of themselves for their comments and if they truely beleive them, they should resign there offices immediately.....
  • by Carolyn Foster Location: Attalla on Jan 21, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    Gov. Bentley, You were 100% right about non-christians not being your brother or sisters. The Bible plainly says that very thing. Don't back down on your beliefs, too maney people just don't know the Bible . It is way past time for Alabama to have a Christian Gov. Stay strong in The Lord. I will be praying for you. God Bless you, Carolyn Foster Your Sister In Christ
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