Thursday, January 20, 2011

Oops, They Heard Me

The new governor of Alabama has sort of apologized for his little Christians-only gaffe.

Alabama’s new governor has apologized for comments he made on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when he told a crowd at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, “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.”

“What I would like to do is apologize,” Gov. Robert Bentley told reporters, according to The Birmingham News. “Should anyone who heard those words and felt disenfranchised, I want to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ If you’re not a person who can say you are sorry, you’re not a very good leader.”

Jewish leaders met with Bentley this afternoon, and Montgomery Rabbi Elliot Stevens told WSFA, “I do not think the governor meant anything negative.” According to WSFA:

The governor said when he made the comments to the church audience he assumed he was speaking as a private citizen and not as the Governor of Alabama.

In other words, he had no idea that anyone would repeat what he said even though he was being filmed at a church. And note the conditional apology: “if I offended you, then I’m sorry.”

Well, I suppose that’s the best you can expect from some privileged holier-than-thou Christian.