While Bock detests the notion that the meeting was an “anti-Trump” conference, some speakers and presenters at the conference expressed their dismay with the president and with today’s American evangelicalism.
Journalist Katelyn Beaty, who live-tweeted the first day of the conference, quoted Alexander as saying: “How could white Christians mourn the deaths of the Charleston Nine but politically support a presidential candidate who appeals to the ideology held by the Charleston murderer?”
According to Beaty, Chicago pastor Charlie Dates stated during the meeting that “American evangelicalism has not been able to separate itself from the perks of white supremacy.”
“We are discussing all that from a variety of angles,” Bock said when asked about the tweets. “What tweets are snapshots. A quote by itself without a context doesn’t actually help you understand what is going into that remark and that concern. You are getting small snippets of the whole thing into which not only were the points made, the points were responded to.”
“I think what the meeting shows is that there are still a whole array of conversations with people in the group and some with people outside of the group and not necessarily represented in the group that we very much want to have and seek to pursue,” he added.
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