NOTE: With all the recent news about the secretive, and frankly freaky religious cult , the Family, it’s refreshing to know that there are those who choose to defend the rights and dignity of women. Whatever you may think of him as president, Jimmy Carter has done much in his post presidential years to fight for the poor, women, minorities, and world peace. Thank you to Politics Daily and contributor Ria Misra for this story.
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:
Â 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.
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It takes a lot of courage to leave one’s own church. I applaud Carter’s decision and his reasoning.