Sweet Home, Alabama, Unless You're Not Christian

And now, a word about brotherhood from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley:

There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit. 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 you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister."

''Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters," he continued. "So 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."

I will let Goldblog's Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Wiccan readership speak up for themselves (yes, this blog has Wiccan readers; at least two of whom I'm aware).

The wonderful thing about the world today is that so many Christians understand, in ways Christians didn't understand before, that Jesus was a Jew, and a rabbi, as well, that he lived as a Jew, preached to Jews, and died as a Jew, and during his life, and after, his followers were Jews who lived as Jews. I like to imagine that if Jesus came to Earth as Messiah (or back to Earth as Messiah, which is not this blog's understanding, but one that is respected by here nonetheless) he would look around and ask the leaders of Christianity, "What, exactly, were you all thinking when it came to the treatment of my people?" I would like to imagine that he would feel comfortable in my synagogue, that he would find it far more familiar than he would, say, Robert Bentley's church.  


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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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