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Jimmy Carter Supports Women’s Rights

Former President Jimmy Carter

I didn’t pay attention to politics when Jimmy Carter was President. But now I find him very, very impressive.

Carter as Human Rights Activist

Former President Jimmy Carter is a devout Christian and tireless human rights activist. He builds homes through Habitat for Humanity. He eradicated Guinea worm disease. He builds peace through conflict resolution.

Now, I just saw this article. It’s a spotlight on Carter’s defense of women’s rights, and serves as an example of Christian integrity (which, thanks to right-wing politics, we may need to be reminded can actually exist).

Jimmy Carter: ‘Losing My Religion For Equality’

For most of his life, Jimmy Carter has been an advocate for human rights. In 1982, one year after leaving the Oval Office, the former US President and his wife Rosalynn Carter, founded the Carter Center, dedicated to advancing peace and health worldwide. Still an activist at 90, Carter has authored 28 books, including a new book in 2014 called, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

Over the years, Jimmy Carter, a devout Christian, has become a very strong proponent of women’s rights, to a point where he has spoken out against the falsehoods and extremism we see within the ‘religion’ of Christianity today. In 2009, he penned an open letter, severing ties with the mega SBC/Southern Baptist Convention, after being a member of the Convention for 60 years. Carter said the decision was difficult and painful, yet ‘unavoidable,’ after the Convention leaders chose to take bible verses out of context and claim ‘Eve’ was responsible for ‘original sin,’ and thus all women must be subservient to men. […]

In his letter, Carter discusses the independent group of global leaders to which he belongs, called The Elders. Founded by the late Nelson Mandela, the members have come together on this issue and collectively published this statement to all religious leaders around the world: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.” This discrimination can and must end says Carter. […]

— Leslie Salzillo, Daily Kos

Religion Is a ‘Basic Cause’ of Women’s Rights Violations (2009)

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I don’t know what happened to Carter’s Presidency. (Usually the incumbent always wins a second term.) Maybe he was too good to be in politics?

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • Carter has become a member of the uniquely dynamic of American non denominational theology that I call the democratization of religion. I belong to the new faith too.

  • Carter was a peacemaker (Camp David Accords); the Military Industrial Complex didn’t want peace. To assure he’d lose a second term, there was an engineered gas crisis and an engineered block to ending the hostage crisis (Iran Contra).

    • Don’t forget the October Surprise of 1980 when George Schultz and other members of the Reagan-Bush campaign met with various nefarious people – including Iranian students involved with taking the U.S. hostages – in France shortly before the 1980 election to make a deal in which the hostages would be kept until the presidential inauguration in January 1981 in exchange for the Reagan administration sending weapons to Iran.

      That happened because, despite a planned oil crisis and collusion between major banks orchestrated by the Fed to keep interest rates AND inflation high, Carter was leading in the polls and had momentum.

      Mainstream media has colluded in treating this story as merely a conspiracy even though Gary Sick, former NSC member during the transition between Carter and Reagan administrations, testified about it in Congressional hearings after an 11 year investigation. The investigation, by the way, was interfered with by the Reagan and Bush Sr. Administrations. Documents acquired through FOIA requests have shown panic by high ranking adminstration officials that led to desperate attempts to prevent completion of the investigation.

      • Yeah, those who remember the Iran hostage crisis will remember every night ABC, CBS and NBC started the evening news with “Iran Crisis, Day 243”, “…Day 244”, “…Day 245”, for 400? straight days, each day weakening Carter’s chances for re-election, to the day of the 1980 election. Then, as you mention, on the day Reagan put his hand on the bible, the hostages were released. Puzzled why Carter hasn’t spoken out strongly on what happened there, a violation of the Logan Act for one, and putting the hostages’ lives at risk for another.

        The only decent president in recent decades.

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