Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he is sorry for his sectarian remarks at a Baptist church on inauguration day.
At a Jan. 17 service, Bentley asserted, “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.”
He continued, “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…it makes you and me brother and sister. If we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters.”
Anti-discrimination groups, including Americans United, criticized Bentley for his isolating remarks. In his apology, Bentley said he never meant to insult anyone with his comments.
“If anyone from other religions felt disenfranchised by the language,” he said, “I want to say I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone in any way.”
Bentley, a Republican and Southern Baptist deacon, said he will be the governor for everyone, not just Christians.