Ala governor: won't apologize for being Christian

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has acknowledged that sometimes he speaks without considering the consequences.

Speaking to a meeting Saturday in Montgomery of the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee, Bentley was referring to remarks he made at a Baptist church last month on inauguration day about Christians being his brothers and sisters. He apologized after the remarks stirred a national controversy, but said Saturday he would never apologize for being a Christian.

He said he prays every morning and "even the governor has the right to say that."

Bentley is a former legislator and retired dermatologist elected last year to his first term as governor. He is a longtime deacon at the First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa.

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