FORMER US President Jimmy Carter says male-dominated religions contribute to the oppression and abuse of women by twisting sacred texts to portray females as inferior to men “in the eyes of God.”
The 89-year-old Carter makes that argument in his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”
The former president faulted his former denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Roman Catholic church for denying women the same opportunities as men to serve as pastors and priests.
Carter said some married men who belong to those churches conclude that their wives are inferior and treat them accordingly.
He stressed that there was no room in Jesus’ message for sexism:
“There’s no evidence at all that Jesus Christ did anything except to exalt women. Never has a single word or action been alleged to him that would deprive women from their equal or superior rights.”