It’s been over a week since Jimmy Carter announced he was leaving the Southern Baptist Church after sixty years due to their poor treatment of women. A few major news outlets have picked up the story since – but just a few.
Even stranger, the former American president made the announcement that he was leaving the American church in an Op-Ed that ran in The Observer – a British newspaper.
We’re too young to remember Carter’s presidency, but we’ve read about it on Wikipedia and we’re pretty sure it happened. So why isn’t a former president renouncing his church – and a powerful, influential church at that – getting more press?
An excerpt from the Op-Ed follows after the jump –
[M]y decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service. This was in conflict with my belief – confirmed in the holy scriptures – that we are all equal in the eyes of God.
We recommend reading the piece in it’s entirety, which can be found at The Observer website.