Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thank You, Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter Leaves Church Over Treatment of Women - 07/20/09 www.politicsdaily.com

"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."
Losing my religion for equality - Jimmy Carter, July 15, 2009 www.theage.com.au

Mr. Carter, you have been castigated for speaking up against injustice for a long time, but you deserve respect and gratitude for speaking out where none would dare. Thank you for your courage to go against the grain and showing us you care by voicing the convictions of your heart, no matter how unpopular or unmainstream.