Glenn discussed remarks made by Governor Bentley of Alabama, who had apologized for his recent remarks where he said that non-Christians were not his “brothers”.
Glenn played the audio on radio this morning.
“[Gov. Bentley] was at a church service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During his speech he said, quote: 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,” a reporter said.
Glenn disagreed, “Everyone is my brother and -- Van Jones is my brother. I disagree with [Van Jones]. I totally disagree with him.”
Pat added, “And it doesn't matter what they've done and it doesn't matter what religion they are.”
Stu pointed out, "I t just seemed to be a statement of, look, I have faith; I hope I can share it with you. So, you know, you're right. People in Alabama are going to figure it out. But it doesn't look like this guy's some horrible person for this comment."
Glenn added, And we didn't bring it up to condemn him."
Bentley had apologized earlier, saying, “Do I get in trouble about speaking openly and honest about anything? Sure, I do. But I also realize that sometimes you just have to choose your words and you have to do it correctly.”
But Glenn had some issue with the way he phrased his apology, as it tied back to his issue with political correctness.
Glenn said, “ Now he knows he can't say those things and so he says I will choose my words more carefully next time. Well, no. No, don't choose your words more carefully. Let's have the dialogue. I don't want you to live with that idea as being true. Let's not live in silence. Convince me or I'll convince you. Let's have the debate.”
Glenn tied the comments back to the Edwards Bernays cattle/rancher theory that he has been talking about recently.
“There are cattle and there are ranchers. In this case it's not Republican/Democrat or progressive and constitutionalist. Here it is Christians versus everybody else. In Islam the way, you know, the people like Osama Bin Laden understand it, it is Muslims are the ranchers and everyone else are cattle. That's the problem.”
The argument reminded Glenn of a conversation he had the night before with a member of his television staff. During the conversation, the staff member talked about her upbringing in San Francisco, her family’s thoughts on her working for Glenn, and what she thought about some of the topics.
“And I said [to her], I'm guessing your job is not real popular in the family. And she said, yes, you might say that it's made for some interesting discussions. And I said, how much of -- and she's brilliant and she has changed the show. She really has. She has made it so much better. And I said, how much of the stuff that I say do you even agree with? And she said, I don't know. I think I'm about 50%.”
“And I said, you know, this is the way it's supposed to be. It's supposed to be not about politics. Not about parties but about the principles. And I don't really care -- I mean, we work together great. I don't care what you do in your life. I don't care what you believe.”
“What you do in your life I might disagree with and I might say, no, no, no. But as long as I can't control you and you can't control me, as long as we are as libertarian as we possibly can, as long as we don't believe there are ranchers and cows but town folks, then we can live side by side and we can be fine. We can be fine. That's the way it's supposed to be.”
A caller from Alabama defended the Governor, and it led to a theological discussion about the origin of the soul. Glenn emphasized that he was not condemning Governor Bentley, but using the story to make a larger point about opening up discussion and not shutting down speech.
“We're bringing it up to make a point that we should have these kinds of conversations and you can have really serious conversations and not shoot each other. That's the way it should be. Because we're all brothers and sisters,” he told the caller.