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Carter Leaves Southern Baptists over Women’s Rights

Former President Jimmy Carter announced this weekend that he is ending his association with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Carter, a self-professed “born-again” Christian, stated in a letter to the SBC that the group’s increasingly conservative stances, including recent decisions barring female pastors and declaring that wives should “submit graciously to their husbands, “violate the basic premises of my Christian faith.” He said that “women should play an absolutely equal role in service of Christ in the church.” The SBC’s conservative positions have prompted several moderate congregations to leave the organization in recent years. The SBC opposes gay and lesbian rights as well as women’s equality, favoring an ultra-conservative image of the family that relegates women to a subordinate position.

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Washington Post - October 21, 2000