Carter says religious leaders discriminate against women
POSTED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 4:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 4:51pm
ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says much of the discrimination and abuse suffered by women around the world is attributable to a belief "that women are inferior in the eyes of God."
Carter said such teachings by "leaders in Christianity, Islam and other religions" allow men to beat their wives and deny women their fundamental rights as human beings.
The former president made the remarks at a gathering of human rights activists and religious leaders from more than 20 countries at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Carter said he doesn't fault religions for oppressing women, but blames men who selectively interpret the Bible and other scriptures. He suggested there are other, more flexible interpretations.
Carter called mistreatment of women "the most serious and all pervasive and damaging human rights abuse on Earth."