In the face of the Promise Keepers' growing visibility, suspicion is deepening among feminists and religious scholars, both about the organization's ties to the political agenda of the Religious Right, and their fundamentalist rhetoric that calls for members to "take back the nation for Jesus" and who hold that abortion and homosexuality are sins.
According to a 1995 survey conducted by the National Center for Fathering, 31% of Promise Keepers belong to fundamentalist churches and another 46% belong to evangelical churches. Less than half have completed a college or degree.
Randall Balmer, professor of religion at Barnard College, said "For many American males, feminism has been disruptive." He said that many white men are anxious about their perceived loss of societal authority, and that Promise Keepers appeal to this anxiety by using "the traditional Christian metaphors of militarism and athleticism to combat feminism ... It's Biblical language, so it ... legitimizes [men's] desires for more authority in the culture."
Bill McCartney, former football coach and current leader of Promise Keepers, says that "sexual sin" is the biggest problem in members' lives. According to him, sexual sin is "lust, it's fornication, it's homosexuality, it's pornography, it's adultery...If you're single, get married. There is no other sex."
Media Resources: Washington Post - September 21, 1997
The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St. . . .