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Former President Carter Leaves Baptist Church

Posted by on Jul. 17, 2009 at 9:25 PM
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Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is leaving the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women. Carter has been a devout Southern Baptist for more than sixty years, but differs ideologically on points where the religion justifies the subordination of women. His announcement comes after the Elders, a group of world leaders with which Carter is affiliated, released a statement on the issue of discrimination against women and girls by religion. In his statement, Carter calls "on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women."

Carter sees women's inferior position within religion as a problem among many faiths. He wrote that , "the male interpretations of religious texts and the way they interact with, and reinforce, traditional practices justify some of the most pervasive, persistent, flagrant and damaging examples of human rights abuses." He also says that religion justifies male superiority and promotes "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...[and] 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."

Carter says that it is time to challenge the Southern Baptist Church's views on women because "the evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for everyone in society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school."

Media Resources: Sunday Observer UK 7/12/09; The Elders 7/2/09

by on Jul. 17, 2009 at 9:25 PM
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Della529
by Matlock on Jul. 17, 2009 at 9:28 PM

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Carter says that it is time to challenge the Southern Baptist Church's views on women because "the evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for everyone in society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school."


 

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Jul. 17, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is leaving the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women. Carter has been a devout Southern Baptist for more than sixty years, but differs ideologically on points where the religion justifies the subordination of women. His announcement comes after the Elders, a group of world leaders with which Carter is affiliated, released a statement on the issue of discrimination against women and girls by religion. In his statement, Carter calls "on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women."

...hold the phone...I thought only the Muzz limms subjugated their women?? 



..."This I know b/c the fundies say it's so..."




                                                                                                       

Eilish
by on Jul. 17, 2009 at 9:31 PM


Quoting Goodwoman614:

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is leaving the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women. Carter has been a devout Southern Baptist for more than sixty years, but differs ideologically on points where the religion justifies the subordination of women. His announcement comes after the Elders, a group of world leaders with which Carter is affiliated, released a statement on the issue of discrimination against women and girls by religion. In his statement, Carter calls "on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women."

...hold the phone...I thought only the Muzz limms subjugated their women?? 



..."This I know b/c the fundies say it's so..."




Christianity does not; some Christians who have twisted interpretations do.


margroc
by on Jul. 17, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Jimmy Carter is an amazing man - always has been.  His work since he's been president has made him one of my heros.  Very selfless!

alrad
by Member on Jul. 18, 2009 at 7:22 PM
Wow, good for him! And it only took him 60 years to figure this out. Oh well, at least he got there eventually.
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