Bible Becomes Issue in Alabama Governor’s Race

A gubernatorial candidate’s statement about the Bible has become a central issue in the state’s Republican primary.

GOP candidate Bradley Byrne was quoted in the Mobile Press-Register as saying, “I believe there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not.”

Since the statement appeared, those who favor Byrne’s opponents in the race have attacked the candidate for not believing in the Bible.

Byrne defended his statement at a local Piggly Wiggly grocery store Jan. 6, where he held a press conference in front of a display of produce to announce an endorsement he had received from the 4,000-member Alabama Retail Association.

He thanked the association for its endorsement but also made an attempt to clear up the misunderstanding over his views on the Bible. Byrne insisted he had been misquoted.

“I believe the Bible is true,” Byrne said. “Every word of it.”

Not all Alabamians have accepted Byrne’s explanation. Comments on the Huntsville Times Web site made it clear that some residents will not support someone with his views.

“Just got a call from a person at my Church letting me know about this,” one commenter wrote. “My family will not be shopping at Ragland Piggly Wiggly stores anymore or anything else they own. I don’t shop at places that think it is OK to stand next to people who don’t believe the Bible is all true.”