Quitting Your Religion

“Oh, life is bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you are not me”
-REM Losing My Religion

I know I’m slightly late to the party on this one, but I’m going to celebrate it anyway.

Jimmy Carter has left the Southern Baptist Church due to it’s mistreatment of women.

His op-ed opens with:

“Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.”

The whole piece is fantastic, but I especially liked this part:

“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 same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.”

Amen.