It’s always awesome to hear male feminists condemn injustices against women—even more awesome when they’re one of the most powerful men in the world.
Writing in London’s Guardian, arguably the cuddliest ex-president ever, Jimmy Carter, said God would not be happy with how religion is used to sanction violence against women and girls, forced prostitution, and genital mutilation:
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…We need to challenge these self-serving and out-dated attitudes and practices…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.
Carter could have taken the wussy way out and been more polite to religious leaders, as not to offend. But he had the chutzpah to say this is not what Jesus would do. Keep reading »