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Cat Turner believes Promise Keepers advocates power over women.
DURHAM — Not all Promise Keepers supporters made the trip to Washington thisweekend. Many watched the day's events from home. Churches opened theirdoors so people could watch the events on large-screen televisions. Itwas also a chance for folks to talk about what Promise Keepers represent.

From all walks of life and from all over the country, they came togetherin our nation's capital. Hundreds of thousands of men confessed theirsins and pledged spiritual renewal.

A small group in Durham gathered at a local church to hear the PromiseKeepers message. One of the men on hand was Clay Waters.

"Although I am not in Washington," Waters says, "it reminds me that Christians come together in unity and make a difference."

It's a message many people take to heart, but one that has some concerned.Cat Turner is worried the message is somewhat subservient to women.

"Instead of just being for men," Turner explains, "sometimes they wantwomen to go back to their traditional roles and want to men to be more inpower over the women."

Not all women are worried about the Promise Keepers movement. CarynWatters believes it's a good thing.

"It's good to see that men are standing up and saying they believe inGod," says Watters. "I don't have a problem with that. I think it's moreof a blessing to see."

Other women believe the rally is good for men. They just don't want to beput down in the process.

"There are still a lot of ceilings for women," says Durham resident, JoeDarby. "I could understand if they would be afraid if the men would comehome and say I am sorry. I made a mistake. I take it back. Women wouldrather hear let's do this together, rather than I take it back."

While there are people who question some of the Promise Keepers ideas,supporters say no one can question their goal of strengthening the family.

Promise Keepers is the fastest growing Christian evangelical movementin America. Members say they do not have a political agenda.