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***Update***: It’s old news. Australia’s just now catching up to the rest of the world 🙂

Former President Jimmy Carter may still be religious (despite the misleading headline in the linked piece), but he has left the Southern Baptist Convention after 60 years.
His reason: the treatment of women in his denomination and beyond.

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 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.

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices — as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.

I find it hard to believe Carter just came to discover that religion has a habit of oppressing women. Those of us who aren’t religious have known that for quite some time.
Where was Carter on this subject for the past couple decades, when he had even more influence?
It’s a great piece, and it’s worth the read, but it may be too little too late.
(via J-Walk Blog)