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Local Opinion of Promise Rally Wavers

Posted October 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Not all Promise Keepers supporters made the trip to Washington this weekend. Many watched the day's events from home. Churches opened their doors so people could watch the events on large-screen televisions. It was 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 together in our nation's capital. Hundreds of thousands of men confessed their sins and pledged spiritual renewal.

A small group in Durham gathered at a local church to hear the Promise Keepers 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 want women to go back to their traditional roles and want to men to be more in power over the women."

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

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

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

"There are still a lot of ceilings for women," says Durham resident, Joe Darby. "I could understand if they would be afraid if the men would come home and say I am sorry. I made a mistake. I take it back. Women would rather 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 movement in America. Members say they do not have a political agenda.