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?