Flynt said Bentley's problem was that when he made the remark about his "brothers and sisters" he was speaking in "insider language" that was misunderstood by many outside the Baptist faith.
Bentley made the remarks at the predominantly black church where King first served as a pastor in the 1950s. Flynt said he believes the governor was trying to show the black Baptists that he includes them in his family, but went too far when he said non-Christians were not his brothers and sisters.
The barber at the Wetumpka shop, 59-year-old Jimmy Spivy, said he doesn't think Bentley meant to offend anybody.
"I just think it was a slip of the tongue. I think Robert Bentley is going to be our best governor," Spivy said.
At a downtown Montgomery restaurant, 72-year-old retired appraiser Kervin Kelley summed up how many Alabama residents seemed to take Bentley's remarks.
"He probably shouldn't have said it, but it didn't bother me," Kelley said.
Associated Press Writer Jay Reeves in Birmingham contributed to this report.
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