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January 27, 2010


Alabama Live - Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne said this week he believes that "every word is true" in the Bible, and that his position was misrepresented in a recent article by the Press-Register.

"I believe that the Bible is the word of God," Byrne said Thursday. "That's my faith."

Byrne said he wanted to clarify comments made in a Nov. 16 article in the Press-Register regarding the religious views of the candidates. In that story, Byrne said that some parts of the Bible were not meant to be taken literally.

"I think there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not," said Byrne, a viewpoint he stated twice during a Nov. 10 interview with the newspaper.

The telephone interview was conducted after the newspaper sent each of the candidates a questionnaire seeking "yes" or "no" answers to a set of queries about their positions on religious and social issues.

Byrne did not check either "yes" or "no" in response to the question "Do you believe that the Bible is literally true?" Instead, he said in an email that neither answer represented his belief. Reporter George Altman, who conducted the survey, said Byrne told him that "getting caught up in that whole question misses the bigger point."

Byrne's response stood out among the GOP candidates for its ambiguity. Others were more definitive.

"I believe in the literal interpretation, that the holy Bible is the inspired word of God. Period," said Republican candidate Tim James of Greenville.

Democratic candidate Ron Sparks declined to answer the questionnaire, and Democrat Artur Davis responded with an email statement.

"I am a Christian who believes that the Bible is divinely inspired," Davis said.

Byrne told the Press-Register later Thursday that its quote was accurate but that its Nov. 16 story lacked context and thus gave an incorrect presentation of his views.

"(The Bible) is all true, but clearly there were times when Jesus was speaking figuratively. Truly, but figuratively," he said by phone from Cullman. "For instance, when he said, 'I am the vine,' he didn't mean he was a living plant."

Press-Register Editor Mike Marshall said that the newspaper stood by its reporting.


Anonymous robbie said...

Perhaps Byrne could explain Deuteronomy 21:18-21

January 27, 2010 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Yes Jesus loves me (preferably by John Fahey) said...

I believe that Bradley Byrne and Pat Robertson and Billy Graham and the so-called pope would not know Jesus Christ or his intent if they met him face to face in the fucking street. That's my sincere belief. By their works ye shall know them.

January 27, 2010 7:58 PM  

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