“The discrimination against women on a global basis is very often attributable to the declaration by religious leaders in Christianity, Islam, and other religions that women are inferior in the eyes of God,” former President Jimmy Carter said last week.
The Carter Center held a big conference last week on human rights, focusing on how the world's religions may contribute to women's inequality. Two years ago President Carter resigned from the Southern Baptist Church to protest its treatment of women. At that time, he said: "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."