Religious Politicians? Say What??!!

Religion and politics just can’t seem to get untangled here in the good ole’ USA While not being a Christian, actually a lunatic Druid, but being a fervent member of the Good Ole USA fan club, I still believe in the separation of church and state.The lines continue to be blurred and here is another prime example of how this is. I truly believe that organized religions have outlived their social advantages and are today causing more death and strife than good.

I present to you the new color blind Governor of Alabama, “Reverend” Robert Bently!

Alabama Governor Robert Bently
Alabama Governor Robert Bently

The newly elected Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, has gone from politics to religion and showed off his true colors in a speech on his inauguration day Monday.
Bentley, who for years has been a deacon at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, drew a distinction between Christians and non-Christians by saying he was “color blind” and would represent all the people in his state. Interesting response.
It appears that he is actually a religious bigot. And as a politician with any sort of educated background should know that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution forbids government from promoting the establishment of any religion. But apparently HE is not obligated to conform to these Constitutional standards.

Big note here is that this speech was given at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church after the official inaugural ceremony included these declarations –

“There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit, 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.”
“‘Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters, 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.”

In a few quick moments he went from being Alabama’s highest ranking political official for all to a being “Reverend Bob -Christian Evangelist”. Sure sounds to me like a call to become a Christian or bugger off. And he claims to be “color blind”?

When asked later if he intended to insult to people of other faiths, Bentley replied, “We’re not trying to insult anybody.” Bentley’s communications director, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, responded to questions about Bentley’s comments saying “He is the governor of all the people, Christians, non-Christians alike.”

God and his fanclubGreat after thoughts for an hours old Governor and his political puppets to try to spin this one away from the reality that he said what he said and meant it. Once again religion has managed to tangle itself up in a political agenda without anyone invoking the statutes that were established when this country was founded. Here is a states Governor that can publicly and notably, in a church no less, slam all non Christian faiths and go about his business like nothing happened.

Bently’s previous exploits and comments have also highlighted his obvious religious agenda specifically in his efforts to ensure creationism be taught in public schools.

“As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God.”

I must say that he is both obvious and consistent. Nobody in the state should have any sane reason to say they had no idea what this guy was about!

Good Luck Alabama! He’s all yours! He should fit right in to your already “colorful and interesting” state image just nicely! Any resulting damages to your already spectacular heritage are all on you! You get what you vote for, ain’t America GREAT!

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I am an aging American Navy veteran with some very pointed and acidic opinions. Feel free to heed the warning and read on.

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