Promise Keepers has worked hard to keep its Oct. 4 “Stand in the Gap” rally non-political. Though it is being held in the nation’s capital – one of the few places set up to host a rally that size – it was moved from 1996 to 1997 to avoid the appearance of an election year stunt. No politicians or elected officials have been invited to speak. And Promise Keepers has made it clear that the agenda for the day is repentance and reconciliation – not politics.
Charles Phillips is out to change that. While hundreds of thousands of Promise Keepers men are meeting on the National Mall, Phillips and supporters of his little-known Coalition of Politically Active Christians (COPAC) will be holding a much smaller and much more political event in the Upper Senate Park on Union Station Plaza. Scheduled speakers include former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, and other political figures.
“They’re the spiritual side, we’re the political,” explains Phillips. “We have the congressmen, the senators.”
– E.P. News