Former President Jimmy Carter is releasing a new book centered around the abuse of women and girls, saying that the Bible is responsible for creating a “growing tolerance” toward abuse, violence, and warfare.
In the book, titled A Call to Action, Carter says he believes “the most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge is the deprivation and abuse of women and girls.” The former President says he believes this is “largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime by the United States.”
Naturally, the book has already drawn glowing reviews from the left-wing media. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette says the book “should not only be required reading in America, but should also serve as the template for a complete reinterpretation of the religious views behind our treatment of each other.”
Simon & Schuster, the book’s publishing company, said that Carter helps to point out “that women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion.”
In an interview with NPR, Carter said “You can pick out individual verses throughout the Bible that show that the verse favors your particular preference, and the fact that the Catholic church, for instance, prohibits women from serving as priests or even deacons gives a kind of a permission to male people all over the world, that well, if God thinks that women are inferior, I’ll treat them as inferiors. If she’s my wife, I can abuse her with impunity, or if I’m an employer, I can pay my female employees less salary.”
Carter went on to conclude that “This claim that women are inferior before God spreads to the secular world to justify gross and sustained acts of discrimination and violence against them.”