"What I would like to do is apologize," Gov. Robert Bentley told reporters, according to The Birmingham News. "Should anyone who heard those words and felt disenfranchised, I want to say, 'I'm sorry.' If you're not a person who can say you are sorry, you're not a very good leader."
Jewish leaders met with Bentley this afternoon, and Montgomery Rabbi Elliot Stevens told WSFA, "I do not think the governor meant anything negative." According to WSFA:
The governor said when he made the comments to the church audience he assumed he was speaking as a private citizen and not as the Governor of Alabama.
Bentley made the original comments shortly after taking the oath of office on Monday, and he was speaking in the Montgomery church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once pastor.
Soon after Bentley spoke, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, his communications director, told the press that Bentley ''is the governor of all the people, Christians, non-Christians alike."