POLITICAL observations & opinions

* response to Gov. Bentley’s apology for his “Christian supremacy” put down of Jews and other religions … The fact that many Alabama residents are not upset with Gov. Bentley’s antisemitic remarks is even more frightening than the remarks themselves

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 21, 2011

see previous post …

* Governor Bentley … I don’t accept your apology

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-brad-hirschfield/a-spiritual-family-divide_1_b_811716.html

  • Although claiming to have apologized for his comments, Gov. Bentley did not really do so.
  • Bentley’s official response to the controversy was as follows: “If anyone from other religions felt disenfranchised by the language, I want to say I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone in any way.”
  • The problem here, and with all “if/then” apologies, is that while the governor expresses regret for the hurt experienced by others as a result of his comments, he places the responsibility upon them and doesn’t even admit that he in fact did cause offense to many citizens of his state.
  • He failed to unequivocally embrace the fact that people were, in fact, offended by his words.
  • He also failed to demonstrate the slightest understanding of why that is and how he might avoid such missteps in the future.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/19/alabama-governor-apologizes-controversial-mlk-speech/

  • It took more than two days for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to apologize for controversial remarks he made during a Martin Luther King day speech in which he condemned the beliefs of non-Christians.
  • Bill Nigut, the Southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, believes Bentley should have been aware of the possible repercussions of his initial statement.
  • An apology is only meaningful if it is consistent with a sincere understanding of what a person has done wrong.”

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_alabama_governor_christians

  • it’s not hard to find people who agreed with their new governor this week when he said only Christians are his brothers and sisters.
  • “I don’t think he was too smart to say that,” 72-year-old Ron Brooks said … but Brooks said he’s “inclined to agree” with Bentley’s statement.
  • Baptist churches are a fixture in every tiny corner of the state, many of them Southern Baptist, the same denomination Bentley follows.
  • Kay Cummins of Hueytown said she wasn’t offended by Bentley’s speech and didn’t think he should have apologized.

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LMW COMMENT …

The fact that many Alabama residents are not upset with Gov. Bentley’s antisemitic remarks is even more frightening than the remarks themselves.

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