“It’s clear that these ‘family values’ themes are just a deceptive method of luring these men into stadiums, where they are subjected to cult programming methods. They are conditioning these men into ‘God’s Army’, with a number of religious-right -and other more extreme- groups waiting in the wings for this new wave of converted activists”, explains Wayne Aiken.
“Most of them have no idea of the true nature of this organization- only its saccharine public face.”
The picket, which lasted from 11am to 2pm, attracted large numbers as the event paused for lunch. Individuals and groups prayed openly as others confronted the picketers with questions and worn-out theological arguments. “It was depressing, but not unexpected,” said Aiken. Although the crowd nearly engulfed the picket line at times, and despite occasional hot tempers, the encounter remained peaceful. “Our main objective was to inform them that they are being lured by a deceptive organization, and I think that some of them got that message.”
Media coverage of the protest was excellent, with the Charlotte Observer running the story and pictures on the front of their Local section. The protest was also covered by WBT television in Charlotte, stories in several newspapers in surrounding communities, as well as a brief mention on NPR.
Jennifer Young, Butch Young, Alex Kent, Wayne Aiken, and Dale Hicks -- engaging a Promise Keeper in conversation.
Jennifer Young, Butch Young, Randy, PKer
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