Bradley Byrne is running hard in Alabama's gubernatorial primary. But the former Community College System Chairman keeps sticking his foot in his mouth and offending every Bible thumper in the heart of Dixie.
The priority here is not the economy, or education, or roads, or health care, or jobs. It's all about Byrne's views on the bible.
Back in November, the Mobile Press-Register quoted candidate Bradley Byrne as saying, “I believe there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not.”
Oops. His Bible thumping opponents are lapping it up and it's not a statement that's likely to disappear any time soon. I can just see these prissed up southern belles at their Bible study saying, "I do declare. Why you know he's going to hell for not believing. Land's sake!"
The pot-bellied men are standing around in groups at the Sunday-go-to-meetin'-service. "Why that low down son-of-a-bitch. We ought to go out thar and tar and feather him."
It has followed Byrne everywhere, even to a Piggly Wiggly grocery store on Wednesday, where he held a press conference in front of the collard greens. He was there to announce his largest endorsement yet – this one from the 4,000-member Alabama Retail Association (ARA).
Executives of Ragland Brothers Retail Cos., Inc., which owns Piggly Wiggly, and the store’s chief financial officer and immediate past ARA chairman, Darrell Bourne, stood with Byrne while he thanked them for their support.
Byrne practically had a pig calling contest to "clear up the misunderstanding over his views on the Bible. He insisted he had been misquoted."
“I believe the Bible is true,” he said. “Every word of it.”
But these Bible thumpers aren't real quick to forgive. “To err is human; to forgive, infrequent.” said American satirist Franklin P. Adams.
After The Huntsville Times ran a story about the news conference, several visitors to the paper’s Web site made it clear they would not support someone with suspect views about the Bible, regardless of the candidate’s positions on other, arguably more pertinent, issues.
“Just got a call from a person at my Church letting me know about this,” one commenter said. “My family will not be shopping at Ragland Piggly Wiggly stores anymore or anything else they own. I don’t shop at places that think it is OK to stand next to people who don’t believe the Bible is all true.”
So what happened to Separation of Church and State? What happened to Freedom of Religion? Aren't these guaranteed in the First Amedment? Do we even know what or where the First Amendment is? I think I've heard of it. Isn't it some sort of socialist document?