Now that we’re at the end of this I wanted to quickly comment. First as always thanks for reading. I will admit to not necessarily understanding your point here. Obviously if he doesn’t mean his apology than he shouldn’t apologize, but the problem here is that a secondhand pseudo apology does not feel genuine. Let me address your points in turn -
Every public appearance wouldn’t be this if he were sincerely apologizing right? So I don’t think the comment afterwards proved you right. In fact what it does prove is the point I was making - that the apology is lacking and doesn’t feel genuine. If Dr. Robinson had done it the right way it wouldn’t have been a problem. The fact that he didn’t is telling.
You seem to think that this statement (Pastor Robinson deeply regrets the statement and knows it caused injury and has given an unqualified apology.") from the second paragraph of the conference statement constitutes an apology. I think if you read closely it does not. It does say he regrets the statement, but regret does not mean that you apologize for it. And while it does say he gave an unqualified apology it does not say to who or for what. I actually highlighted this point in the piece itself. Again the point was that the apology was not to his church who he said it to, or the public who heard it. Those bodies deserve an apology as well, not just the conference who told us that he apologized. To be even more basic - if I did something that harmed you and then I said to someone else, “I apologize for what I did.” If that person then puts out a statement saying that I apologized, would you say that I have apologized to you? I wouldn’t say that. I have no idea what you’re apologizing for or even who you’re apologizing to. I can’t see how anyone would say that apology is sufficient.
You may be right that it wouldn’t be enough, but we’ll never know because he didn’t try. This point only carries weight if you think he actually apologized (see my point above about why I don’t think he has - at least not as thoroughly as he should). If you hurt three people you should apologize to three people. Right now at the very least it seems he only apologized to one.
I actually agree with you that I was impressed the conference apologized, but to think that their apology would be sufficient I think is myopic. Demands for an apology are what they are a call for someone who has made a mistake to do the right thing. What amazes is me is the lengths some are willing to go to absolve Dr. Robinson of even the most basic steps.
Thanks again for reading,
Dr. Jason Hines