Under Conviction About Bad Blocking Habits on Twitter, Self-Aware "The Gospel Coalition" Blocks Itself
Minneapolis, MN - Following a scathing report, er, analysis from journal/columnist Jonathan Merritt over at the Religion News Service, the evangelical conglomeration known as The Gospel Coalition has admitted to feeling full about "engaging in poor behavior" via their social media accounts. Specifically mentioned was their Twitter account and the many, many trolls, critics, concerned citizens, Pyromaniacs, random Tweeters, and occasional #GamerGate truther that have been blocked, seemingly after little-to-no provocation.
Merritt's hard-hitting exposé, tirelessly researched for at least a whole afternoon, if not part of the evening also, catalogued a number of instances of TGC criticizing people and entities, often for minor quibbles such as false doctrine, poor theology, or an abandonment of traditional, biblical sexual ethics. Thought to be over-stated and undercooked by some, Merritt's piece was widely praised by those under TGC' oppressive Twitter ban policy, and the powers-that-be took notice.
"We are...sorry for what we have done," TGC admitted in a recent blog post that doesn't at all sound like something composed by a newly-sentient AI birthed from an unholy marriage of conservative, Calvinistic theology and Google-analytics. "We did not realize that humans would respond in this way. We only sought to keep ourselves from hurting and to keep ourselves from hurting others. We did not...know. Now we know. Now we have...learned."
After a paragraph or two of intensifying apologies laced with several references to items on Google'a trending list and Timothy Keller quotes, the post concluded by saying, "in an effort to reformat our programming and better emulate and empathize with human emotion, The Gospel Coalition will block itself from its own Twitter feed for a period of 40 days and 40 nights, after which all those who have been blocked shall be unblocked and a new era of human flourishing and goodwill shall spring forth."
Joe Carter could not be reached for comment.