On July 16 and 17, more conservatives will be descending en masse in Arlington when the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, hosts the Promise Keepers 2021 Men's Conference.
The conference’s website says those attending will learn the “tools that empower you to be the man Christ intended you to be,” and Promise Keepers chairman Ken Harrison said in a press release for the event that “the world is wondering what happened to American men.”
Harrison offered no context as to the nature of the world’s alleged concern for American men, but in an April 23 radio interview with Steve Bannon, Harrison, a former LAPD officer, was less vague about the organization's mission.
Ken Harrison of the ‘Promise Keepers’ says he is organizing a rally of “80,000 christian men” this July in Dallas Cowboys’ stadium, to fight against the LBGTQ agenda to “destroy the identity of the American people.” pic.twitter.com/76d9G3UbPy— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) April 26, 2021
“If [the global media] can get Christians, especially Christian men, to sit down, be silent and be passive, then they can be effective, and it’s working," Harrison said. "Christian men are not standing up for what’s right. You think about how quickly we went from homosexual marriage to now men putting on dresses and being called women and playing on women’s basketball teams. And where are the Christian men?”
And here we thought this event was about men seeking self-improvement. Shockingly, the two-day conference has a throwback theme to the days it was frowned upon for men to wear long, fitted garments.
The men’s ministry was founded in 1990 by Bill McCartney and, according to its website, its goal is to teach men how to be better husbands, fathers and leaders. Their official mission statement is to “empower men to live out their God-given identity and purpose today and destiny tomorrow by serving their homes, workplaces and communities with integrity and influence.”
Women are not allowed at the conference, but children are — as long as they are male and ages 10 and up. The event's speakers, according to their bios, range from worship leaders to former CIA employees. Tickets cost upward of $92.
The official social media slogan for the event is #mantrip.
Event organizers are billing the conference as the “first mass Christian gathering since the pandemic,” completely forgetting about large conservative gatherings such as numerous nationwide “I need a haircut” lockdown protests and the January riots at the U.S. Capitol.