Shame on both.
So what’s an ex-president of a secular democracy to do when his church endorses misogyny? Jimmy Carter did the right thing: he quit – an act of bravery that other people of faith with moral courage should do.
Sensible, decent Jimmy Carter got it right again. “This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. It is widespread. 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. The male interpretations of religious texts and the way they interact with and reinforce traditional practices justify some of the most pervasive, persistent, flagrant, and damaging examples of human-rights abuses.”
To read more of Francine Prose’s articulate piece from Laphram’s Quarterly, go here.