Of all the social issues facing our world, President Jimmy Carter says the abuse of women and girls is the greatest injustice of all, and that the pretext is often religion. “The [male] leaders of the great religions select verses from the Holy Bible or from the Qur’an that show women should be relegated to a secondary position in the eyes of God,” says Carter, author of A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power, “and this gives a potential abusive husband or an employer who wants to pay less to women employees than men an excuse.” More
“I have great respect for the Catholic Church, but I have always been a bit uneasy about the Catholic Church ordaining that a woman can’t be a priest or a deacon. … I just believe that whenever women are treated as inferior in the eyes of God this is a misinterpretation of what Jesus Christ taught.” More
During decades of civil war in Sudan, says John Ashworth of Catholic Relief Services, the church was the only institution on the ground with the people, and because of that it gained huge moral authority. Now South Sudan is voting in a referendum for independence from the Muslim-majority national government in Khartoum. More
To mark Human Rights Day on December 10 and the awarding of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in absentia to jailed Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, read an essay about a new book on human rights in history and religion’s role in the human rights movement. More
Read more of Bob Abernethy's October 29, 1999 interview with former president Jimmy Carter.
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