New Alabama governor Robert Bentley, who touted his conservative Christian beliefs during his campaign, says only Christians are his “brothers and sisters,” The Birmingham News reports.
Speaking at a Martin Luther King Day event Monday at Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where King was once pastor, Bentley said, “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.”
The remarks came about an hour after Bentley, a Republican, took his oath of office. He also said he is “color blind” and intends to be “the governor of all the people,” something reiterated by an aide after his speech. Then, asked by a reporter if he meant to insult people of other faiths, Bentley replied, “We’re not trying to insult anybody.”
LGBT people might feel insulted by some of Bentley’s views, however. On his campaign website, he said, “I will ensure that Alabama does not follow the trend of allowing gay marriages or civil unions, and I will protect our state’s right to define marriage as between one man and one woman.”