How did I miss the story about Jimmy Carter quitting his religion because of its sexism?
If the you look up the term “news junkie” in a dictionary, you’re likely to see a picture of me.
I take pride in my permanent curbside vantage point from which I watch the passing parade of events, and it annoys me to no end when anything of significance happens without my having noticed. But alas, such is the case every now and then.
Take, for example, the story I ran across just this morning about former President Jimmy Carter having severed his life-long ties with the Southern Baptist Convention — almost three years ago – because of its attitudes about women.
But then, with a political war on women currently raging, this is as good a time as any to learn of Carter’s decision, which he explained in THIS COLUMN:
I have been a practicing Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my 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.