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During an interview in June with Tony Perkins, Todd Akin stated that “at the heart of Liberalism really is a hatred for God.” Needless to say, some clergy members in St. Louis wanted to meet with him to discuss his comments.

However, almost two months later, Akin is still refusing to meet with them. 

Akin’s Spokesman Steve Taylor says the congressman has apologized and it’s time to move on.

Retired Presbyterian minister Ben Martin says the apology Akin issued, in which he said his statement was directed at the political movement, not at any specific individual,  is not enough, “We feel that if he is genuinely concerned about apologizing that he needs to make that statement on the same platform that he made it on, that is national radio”

Taylor says a meeting exclusively about something already addressed does not promise to be productive.

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