Parliament of World’s Religions (2)

I haven’t had the chance to blog about my recent experience at the Parliament of the World’s religions in melbourne – hopefully I’ll do something soon. But in the meantime, here’s a terrific speech that was recorded by Jimmy Carter for the parliament, addressing a concern for all of us: women and religion.

Here’s the video, and here’s the transcript.


One thought on “Parliament of World’s Religions (2)

  1. Jimmy Carter could have talked about our Bhikkhuni ordination issue!

    Here are some of his remarks that are so very relevant:

    Every generic religious text encourages believers to respect essential human dignity, yet some selected scriptures are interpreted to justify the derogation or inferiority of women and girls, our fellow human beings.

    Most Bible scholars acknowledge that the Holy Scriptures were written when male dominance prevailed in every aspect of life.

    I realize that devout Christians can find adequate scripture to justify either side in this debate…

    They based this on a few carefully selected quotations…

    This view that the Almighty considers women to be inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or tradition…Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths,

    The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.

    It is time we had the courage to challenge these views and set a new course that demands equal rights for women and men, girls and boys.

    “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition…is unacceptable.”

    We understand why many public officials can be reluctant to question ancient religious and traditional premises – an arena of great power and sensitivity. Despite this, we are calling on all those with influence to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices…that justify discrimination…

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