Thursday, January 20, 2011

Unkindness Displayed

It would be unkind to call Alabama's new governor a belligerent yokel:
"There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit," Bentley said shortly after taking the oath of office, 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."

''Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters," he continued. "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."
Since he brought it up for some reason, I don't want to be Governor Skeletor's brother. He and I are persons with all the rights of other persons, but I don't see any reason to bring us any closer than that, and I would say the same of my own state's governor, even though he still seems to have all of his skin and isn't retarded. Oops, bad word -- strike that, I probably should have referred to Alabama's new governor as a knuckle-dragging hick.

It's a shame he devoted one of his first public pronouncements as governor to drawing us-and-them lines on grounds of religion, but really, this is Alabama. It's still pretty 1865-ish there in many ways.

That doesn't make it right. Bad Governor Skeletor. It's not a question of giving offense -- it's a question of a governor delineating in-groups and out-groups based on "faith" or lack thereof. That's against the rules.

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