In the midst of packing and moving I missed this when it was announced on my favorite blogs and the mainstream media seemed to ignore it (surprise, surprise), but I couldn't go on not sharing this on GeorgiaMae.com.
After being a faithful member for more than 60 years, Jimmy Carter has announced that he is breaking away from the Southern Baptist Church. According to Feministing, the former president called the decision "unavoidable" after church leaders prohibited women from being ordained and insisted women be "subservient to their husbands."
Carter wrote in an essay in The Age:
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 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.
Is it wrong for me to have a crush on a former president who is old enough to be my grandfather?