Flat Earth: Broken promises

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It's nice to learn that not every American male has lost his sense of perspective or humour. Looking at the rise of the Promise Keepers, one has to admit to wondering sometimes.

This organisation, founded by a former football coach who calls Jesus "The Big Guy", lures thousands of weeping, hugging, hymn-singing men to rallies where they beseech God, their wives and all present to forgive their self-absorbed, adulterous ways.

Last weekend, as hundreds of thousands of these manly zealots descended on Washington, a friend spotted three fans at a Baltimore Orioles baseball game wearing T-shirts which said: "My wife thinks I'm with the Promise Keepers". One hopes for their sake that the TV cameras didn't dwell on them.