Monday, July 13, 2009
Preach It Jimmy
Jimmy Carter is sort of known for getting more done after being president than while in office. So hopefully his new step of severing his ties to the Southern Baptist Convention will bring some much needed notice and change to the way religion tends to marginalize and criminalize women.
Jimmy says in his article in The Guardian: "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 was in conflict with my belief - confirmed in the holy scriptures - that we are all equal in the eyes of God.
Jezebel.com pointed out a group called The Elders (which includes Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Ela Bhatt, Mary Robinson, Desmond Tutu, Gro Brundtland, Lakhdar Brahimi, Graca Machel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Muhammad Yunus, and honorary elder Nelson Mandela) have currently made it their calling to focus on women's rights with a concentration on religion and tradition. It's impressive that they chose those two pillars since they're possibly the hardest ones to move.