While The Blaze provides national coverage, most other coverage is local, including WBRC Channel 6 and WIAT Channel 42 and WSFA Channel 12. In addition, DSCI Pastor Martin Lindstedt discussed this on the Dik-Dik Talkshoe Show on July 5th beginning 9:15 P.M. EDT.
The conference was publicized locally through the distribution of flyers entitled "Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited". Although some of the members of the local church are also members of the Ku Klux Klan, Klan membership is not required to participate. Because some in the local community objected to the flyers, organizers were asked to take them down, to which Rev. Mel Lewis replied "The mayor ordered our fliers to be taken down. When did they start religious censorship?" Rev. Lewis added "We are not breaking any laws. We're not violating any ordinances. We're bringing the Word of God to people who want it, obviously, or they wouldn't be here".
Rev. Lewis explained that white Christians are part of the chosen race, but when media representatives confronted him with Biblical verses communicating "equality", Rev. Lewis took them to task for cherry-picking verses out of context and making a mockery of God's word.
Rev. William C. Collier, the organizer of the conference, says that his Church of God's Chosen is not a hate group but adds that he believes the white race is God's chosen people. When asked why only white Christians were invited, Collier said "We don't have the facilities to accommodate other people. We haven't got any invitations to black, Muslim events. Of course we are not invited to Jewish events and stuff. It has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of racism or hate or anything like that. And anybody who would brand it as that would be a racist and a hater themselves, you know.”
Rev. Mel Lewis explained the significance of the cross-lighting, saying "We are not burning a cross, look at the word, it says light a cross. If you light a light in your house do you burn down your house? We often use fire. Our ancient fathers said fire was a cleansing element. Even the Bible says the earth will be purified with fire. What purer element can we use as a symbol of our worship?"
Some of the usual suspects complained. Hezekiah Jackson, Birmingham Metro NAACP President, said "The only context that I'm familiar with is one that is not very positive. And one that really symbolizes an era that many of us have hoped to put behind us. And that is this whole era of Jim Crow, this whole era of white supremacy, this whole era of discrimination and racial hatred. I think it's really hard to clarify what's going on, but it seems to be some vestiges of what we call white supremacy here in Alabama. We just have to be honest about it." And Rev. Calvin Woods of the Southern Leadership Conference said “It sounds like racism to me. Everyone has the right to peaceful assembly, but to just point out you only want white Christians, that doesn’t sound Christian. To me at all, sounds like something Satan would want.”
Christian Identity is split between Single Seedline, referred to by some as "Covenant", and Dual Seedline (DSCI). DSCI Pastor Martin Lindstedt provides the following explanation:
Covenant is the older of the two doxologies. Both Covenant and D-S agree that the Western Christian nations of Teutonic, Scandinavian, and Celtic blood are of Israelite blood. Covenant says that while the LORD made all of humanity, that the LORD has a covenant with Abraham's seed, the Israelites in particular. The Dual-Seedliners say that only the White Man was directly created by the LORD, the rest of the races are simply "the beast of the field" with the exception of the so-called 'jews' who are the seed of Satan through Cain. Also, the other doctrinal dispute between Covenanters and Dual-Seedliners is in the extent of Noah's Great Flood, the Covenanters saying that it was worldwide flood, and the Dual-Seedliners saying that it was a local flood designed only to kill the wicked White Adamites, and located either in Armenia or in Central Asia. The Covenanters say that Noah's sons Japheth married a yellow woman and that Ham married a black, and that only the middle son, obedient Shem, married a white woman. The Dual-Seedliners maintain that a local flood means that since only the wicked whites who were in their Adamic places got drowned, that the blacks and mongolloids were the original beasts of the field and that the browns are the result of miscegenation.
Pastor Lindstedt also presents a five-minute tour of DSCI HERE. Obadiah 1:18 presents the scriptural basis of DSCI HERE; despite Obadiah's unhealthy obsession with Pastor Lindstedt, his Christian Identity Forum provides an organized repository of information about DSCI. Covenant People's Ministry, led by Pastor Jeromy Visser, is another useful source of information.
This is some bias against Christian Identity within the white nationalist community; the strongest bias is expressed on a VNN Forum thread not so subtly entitled "Christian Identity: As Stupid as Whites Get". So Christian Identists tend to take it from both sides.