But It's OK To Be Called An Infidel?
What is all the hub-bub about the remarks made by new Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to a church group when he said that those who do not believe in Jesus are not his Brothers and Sisters? For centuries Muslims have called anyone who doesn't adhere to their religion infidels, and I haven't heard the ADL chime in about that!
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a church crowd just moments into his new administration that those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his brothers and sisters, shocking some critics who questioned Tuesday whether he can be fair to non-Christians.
"Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus 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," Bentley said Monday, his inauguration day, according to The Birmingham News.
The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday called Bentley's remarks shocking. "His comments are not only offensive, but also raise serious questions as to whether non-Christians can expect to receive equal treatment during his tenure as governor," said Bill Nigut, the ADL's regional director. And why wouldn't the ADL be shocked by Gov. Bentley's remarks when you consider how they feel about Christianity (see prayer in school as an example, where they only mention the "Bible" as the only religious manuscript that they mention.
Speaking at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church after the official inaugural ceremony, Bentley told the crowd that he considered anyone who believed in Jesus to be his brothers and sisters regardless of color, but anyone who isn't a Christian doesn't have that same relationship to him.
I think that as non-believers, the ADL has taken the Governor's remarks out of context, as would anyone who is not familiar with the teachings of Jesus Christ. As one who has been born again, I understand Him to mean that non-believers are not His brothers and Sisters IN CHRIST, seeing how he immediately referenced those specific peoples "who have not accepted Jesus as their savior", vis a vie Brothers and Sisters IN Christ Jesus.