`Mine Is the Only Way' Philosophy Is Unnerving
Littlepage, Ronald L., The Florida Times Union
The gathering of the Promise Keepers in Washington Saturday
made a lot of people nervous.
Then, again, so did the Million Man March of two years ago.
It's difficult to put a finger on exactly why.
Both gatherings had similar purposes. One was Muslim led. One
was Christian. But both called for the same things -- for men to
recommit themselves to their families, to their communities, to
What can be wrong with that?
The nervousness, in some part, probably comes from the nature
of the leaders.
The rhetoric of Louis Farrakhan frightens many. So does the
preachings of Promise Keeper founder Bill McCartney.
Unlike Farrakhan, the Promise Keepers have become much better
at public relations over the years. Their language isn't as
strident as it once was, but tenets bothersome to many are still
Homosexuality, for instance, is an abomination in the eyes of
the Promise Keepers. And wives, in the final analysis, should be
subservient to their husbands.
In McCartney's words, "the sin of homosexuality cannot be
excused" and in the home, "somebody has to break the tie" and
it's the man who should "tenderly and gently" take the