Friday, August 21, 2009

Jimmy Carter on the Rights of Women

In this article, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is a strong voice for the rights of women, and the benefits throughout the world of gender equality. He also speaks of a group, called the Elders:

"The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by former South African president Nelson Mandela, who offer their influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity."

The Elders are people no longer running for office, so without political pressures.

Carter brings a note of personal distress about the issue: after over six decades as a Southern Baptist, he is breaking his connection with the Southern Baptist Convention over their treatment of women"

"So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service."

It is marvelous to see this in conjunction with the piece I mentioned yesterday co-authored by Nick Kristof.

Thanks to Stephen Zendt for the heads-up.

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