Monday, July 20, 2009

Jimmy Carter Leaves Church Over Treatment of Women

I actually like my title better: "Why I Love Jimmy Carter!"

Ria Misra, at Politics Daily, writes:
After more than 60 years together, Jimmy Carter has announced himself at odds with the Southern Baptist Church -- and he's decided it's time they go their separate ways. Via Feministing, the former president called the decision "unavoidable" after church leaders prohibited women from being ordained and insisted women be "subservient to their husbands." Said Carter in an essay in The Age:
At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.
And, later:
The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.
After watching everyone from philandering politicians to Iran's president taking a sudden look heavenwards when the roof starts to come down on them, it's refreshing to see Carter calling out the role of religion in the mistreatment of women.
President Jimmy Carter deserves our praise for speaking out. Now, when are other men of faith going to follow suit?


CDP said...

"Why I Love Jimmy Carter" indeed. Great post.

Dr. Zaius said...

He got a raw deal from the press. He was actually a very good president. I still remember the "killer rabbit" incident.

Tengrain said...

I think of JC as the president that got away, and the only one who actually meant what he said.

After they were out of the White House, you never saw Babs teaching reading, Nancy working at the Free Clinic; but you did see Jimmy and Roselyn building houses for the poor.

This is just another example of why he is our greatest living ex-president. There is nothing phoney about him. God love him!


Sue J said...

What everyone said!