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Robert Bentley: 5 Facts About the Ultra-Christian Alabama Governor

Jan 19, 2011 – 1:11 PM
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Torie Bosch Contributor

Robert Bentley had barely started his tenure as Alabama governor when he got himself into hot water.

Hours after his swearing-in, Bentley spoke at a Baptist church, where he said that fellow Christians are his "brothers and sisters," but "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."

Never heard of Bentley before? Surge Desk gives you five facts about the Alabama governor.

1. He's quite religious
As you may have gathered from his remarks, Bentley takes religion seriously. He is a member of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa and is a Sunday school teacher and deacon.

2. He's a doctor
Bentley went to the University of Alabama School of Medicine and then did a residency in dermatology. He worked for dermatology practices and also served as president of the Alabama Dermatology Society.

3. He served in the military
Bentley joined the Air Force in 1969, during the Vietnam War. Since he had already completed medical school, he served as a general medical officer and was commissioned as a captain. He was stationed in North Carolina at Pope Air Force Base.

4. He is relatively new to politics
Bentley's first major foray into politics came in 2002, when he was elected to the Alabama State House of Representatives (with "almost 65 percent of the vote," his official biography notes). He was elected governor of Alabama in 2010 and took office this week.

5. He's a dyed-in-the-wool conservative
Bentley is anti-abortion, anti-gay-marriage and "personally opposed to gambling in any form," he says on his gubernatorial candidacy website, though he would accept gambling if Alabama voters approved it in a referendum. At the 2008 Republican National Convention, he served as the Alabama representative on the platform committee and "helped write one of the most conservative and pro-life party platforms ever," his website says.

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