Governor Robert Bentley is facing harsh criticism after he told his congregation that individuals that have not accepted Jesus in their lives are 'not his brothers and sisters.' Was he out of line?
Just hours after being inaugurated as Alabama's new governor, Robert Bentley sent a shock wave through the community with his speech.
'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," Bentley declared.
The comment raised questions as to whether Bentley could govern fairly and would respect and respond to everyone regardless of religion.
'If the Holy Spirit lives in you, that makes you my brothers and sisters. Anyone who has not accepted Jesus, I want to be your brothers and sisters, too,' Bentley said.
Many believe that Bentley is already stepping in the wrong direction is leading with the Bible and not the Constitution.
In response to controversy, Bentley's team issued a statement in an attempt to squash any doubts.
'The governor clearly stated that he will be the governor of all Alabamians - Democrat, Republican and Independent, young, old, black and white, rich and poor. As stated in his [inaugural] address, Gov. Bentley believes his job is to make everyone's lives better,' the statement said.