"Losing My Religion for Equality" by Jimmy Carter

Click here for a link to the full text of Losing My Religion for Equality by Jimmy Carter in The Age.

Yes, that Jimmy Carter, the former President of the United States. Regardless of how you feel about his politics and his record as President, I think most would agree that he's a man of strong faith and convictions. One who actually appears to life his own life according to said convictions.

And now he's leaving the Southern Baptist Church after sixty years because of his beliefs concerning the equality of women.

To quote:

"This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries.

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."

Amen--and thank you!

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