Oh, no, please, Mr. Alabama governor Bentley, please don’t apologize to me. You really don’t have to. I’m sure that everyone as of late has heard the recent comments made on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, regarding who he considers to be his brothers and sisters. Let me go ahead and give you a refresh of exactly what was 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.”
Obviously, many people seem to think that this statement wasn’t all that smart. Well, I don’t know what you’d expect from an Alabama governor giving his inauguration speech inside of a Baptist church, located inside of a largely Baptist community, inside of a largely Baptist state? The state, actually, that was the birthplace of the KKK as well as the Christian Identity Movement. I’m not saying I defend his words, but seriously, what could you possibly expect?
The reason I’m not offended by his remarks are the following: 1) He’s a crazy Baptist and I expect these people to be bigots; 2) I don’t consider him my brother anyway.
I don’t, honestly. Not one damn bit. Because nobody who wishes to divide our nation by any means, namely one as stupid as which cosmic sky-daddy in whom you believe, is my brother or my sister. The time has come for logic to rule over myth, and the time has come for unity to overthrow division, and this can never happen so long as people like Governor Bentley are alive and kicking, let alone serving in political office.
The good thing about science is that it teaches us that we’re all brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and so on…to one another through a common ancestor. Religion, on the other hand, seems to teach division, and seemingly everything else that is contrary to a mass tribal mentality, which would turn this world around for the better. Knowing that we are all family among one another, and with our extended family in nature, could make this world a much better place. Religion, on the other hand, only tends to lead to destruction at the hands of the religious. What else makes science better than religion? It doesn’t require belief.
So, Governor Bentley, whether you like it or not, we are all brothers and sisters, and the irony that it’s only the people whose cosmic Jewish sky-daddy told them to love their neighbors, who seem to have a problem doing so. And if you can’t love your neighbor and love your brothers and sisters, governor, then you’re not my brother or my neighbor – you are everything that is wrong with the world today. So, don’t apologize to me because you don’t consider me a brother. You’re not mine.
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