Losing my religion for equality…by Jimmy Carter

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.

I HAVE been a practicing Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. 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.

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.

The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why girls are told when and whom they must marry; and why many face enormous and unacceptable risks in pregnancy and childbirth because their basic health needs are not met.

In some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.

The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices - as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.

I understand, however, why many political leaders can be reluctant about stepping into this minefield. Religion, and tradition, are powerful and sensitive areas to challenge. But my fellow Elders and I, who come from many faiths and backgrounds, no longer need to worry about winning votes or avoiding controversy - and we are deeply committed to challenging injustice wherever we see it.

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. We have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights and have recently published a statement that declares: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.”

We are calling on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women. We ask, in particular, that leaders of all religions have the courage to acknowledge and emphasise the positive messages of dignity and equality that all the world’s major faiths share.

The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place - and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence - than eternal truths. Similar biblical excerpts could be found to support the approval of slavery and the timid acquiescence to oppressive rulers.

I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn’t until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.

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.


Jimmy Carter was president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

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Women should have equal rights. In Islam women DO have equal rights but some Islamic countries don't provide equality.

In the West women Have the same rights as men. I'm a woman, and I'm aware of that. The gender gap in pay is actually a lie. The point is there are different kinds of work, and women choose to work part time in greater numbers than men, it's because they want to spend time with their children.

...And besides, most people in Western Europe are atheists, and women still choose to work part time more than men, and don't hold high positions! It's not about religion, it's about biology- about human nature. I'd rather have equal opportunity (which we already have) than equality of genders in every job position. And giving us positions through quotas is absurd.

This is not about Europe , which is only a portion of the world , but educating the woman and the Authorities . I think 80 percent of the world still put a gab between man and woman. The gab should be bridged

in islam rights are given to women..i can say this proudly

In Islam, women are respected, dignified and given equal rights as men. But, in practice, people underestimate women's skills and qualifications. Women, who make up half of the society, have paticipated largely in the Arab Spring so as protest against human rights violations. Yet, they still suffer from gender discrimination.

There is segregation, all the cases are not biological or nature. Often its clear gender politics with hidden and dirty intentions
. In my case, the manager at per with me would rather have a man as the HR MGR because they feel a woman may not flow easily when it comes to manipulating figures.

no there not they are treated harshly and without any sort of voice for them to defend themselves you sexist bitch

women`s r not respected they r regarded as no one all d comments r not justified womens should b strong and should not think they r not strong or capable they rrrr actually proofed by some and there r many more 2 proof

It's described the women rights,which will be benefit for women.

Don´t you believe the world is changing ? Don´t you think the supremacy countries of the world should come together and Decide that in this New Era, We cannot Allow a Drug Dealer, A Terrorist, a Corrupt Politic, an Asasin, A Person that Tortures and has No Respect for Human Rights, not be able to take them of the streets because a Diplomatic Status.? So Anyone with Diplomatic Status Can Kill, Sell Drugs, can help Terrorism and get away with it. There should be Crimes with Limits for Diplomatic Status Inmunity. For a Speed Ticket, ok, But Higher Crimes should NOT HAVE DIPLOMACY STATUS INMUNITY. VENEZUELA HAS OVER 500 MILITARIES LIKE CARVAJAL, AND EVERYONE OF THEM TRAFFIC DRUGS, ORDER KIDNAPING FOR MONEY, HELP FARC, GAZA, HAMAS, CUBA AND TODAY AFTER AN 11 OF SEPTEMBER, LAWS HAVE TO CHANGE. SO IF THIS CARVAJAL PLANNED THE TWIN TOWER TERRORISM ATTACK, HE CAN GET AWAY WITH IT, BECAUSE HIS DIPLOMATIC STATUS. PLEASE AFTER THIS VENEZUELAN MILITARY RETURNED TO HIS COUNTRY, LAWS SHOULD CHANGE. LOW THE BAR, CERTAIN CRIMES CANNOT BE DEFENDED BY DIPLOMACY STATUS. TALK TO THE COUNTRIES AND ASK THEM IF WITH THESE DANGEROUS CHANGES IN THE WORLD, THE VIENA STATUS SHOULD LOWER THE BAR FOR DIFERENT CRIMES. THANK YOU.

I love women, I want them to be happy because I am man. lol :)

in islam rights are given to women..i can say this proudly

everybody said human raight, but no one believe that.

everybody said human raight, but no one believe that.

Dear Sirs !
I am GORLOVKA. Gorlovka is a city in the Donetsk region, in the eastern
part of Ukraine.
Please note that starting from the last July the city has been beeing
killed by the Ukrainian army and special troops of "Pravyi sector"
("Reight sector") and the last week their cruelty has reached apogee - war
dead people lie about outdoors, due to severe bombardments recovering the
bodies of the slain is impossible .
They called it the "antiterrorist operation" but only innocent civilian
population has been murdered (hundreds or even thousands of victims:
children and women, old people are injured and killed, houses and
buildings, kindergartens and schools, city infrastructure with
gas-power-heat supply system, supermarkets and food markets are ruined by
Ukrainian army with multiple artillery rocket systems " Grad", " Smerch"
and "Uragan" and other heavy artillery and weapon and at the same time
they don't allow catering to Gorlovka and refugees departure from the
city, children hide from shells in basements and in the baths ).
I call to world community to stop this war of Ukrainian government against
civilian pupulation in Gorlovka and other cities in Donetsk region because
it is an outrage against humanity, civil war, genocide, fratricide but not
"antiterrorist operation".
" World, I am Gorlovka! We are killed by Ukraine, we are still overground,
here are still alive people, I am Gorlovka, Donetsk region".
Mila Gorlovkanian.


Hej,don't speak about Ukrainian army in such a way! You don't understand Ukraine is your Motherland. All people who understand this left Horlovka because they want to live in Ukraine not in Russia. We must be together East and West in Ukraine. If you don't want this get out to your Russia! Кого ви захищаєте? Ви ніколи не були українцями і не будете, а нам такі на Україні - не потрібні!!!!!!!!!

we need more work together to push hard to give people around the world their freedom, especially the USA, UK, France and others strong countries, your friends will listen to you.Believe me, they are good people.

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In Islam, women have their rights; it's fair. But the problem is with the so-called Muslims who don't do what Islam has given the woman.

mohammed does not respect women rights thats offensive

Mr carter, can you let us know what the Bible say about women's dignity ? What the Koran and Hadith (prophet's sayings)say about women' right? What the Tawra, Veda-Upanishads (Hindu scriptures) say. then you can reach the conclusion of this meter. Hope you will try to find the truth.

islam gives all necessary rights fo women equally with man...you can read holly kuran


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Jimmy is targeting the saudia arabia meanwhile other countries have different views.all in all his critics are of politics no more.

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