President Carter talks peanuts

peanutSo, the least successful President in post-war US history, Jimmy Carter, tells us he is leaving the Southern Baptist convention because it discriminates against women. Well, I don’t know how to tell this old white male this politely, so I shan’t bother – I don’t want to be patronised by you, especially as you don’t seem to know the difference between ‘discrimination’ and ‘difference’.  Do you feel discriminated against Mr Carter because you can’t have a baby? What sort of God would make only one sex which could have babies? The other old white men you are leaving have read their Bible and they are simply following it; still you clearly know better.  Perhaps you’d like to help clean up that Bible thing?  You could start with gender-inclusive language – ‘God the parent’ – whoops, no, that implies parents are somehow better than people who aren’t. What about ‘God the maker’?  But that implies that unless you make stuff you are inferior, and those of us who are total klutzes will feel all sad and have to go to the nut-doctor to buy lots of big pharma – unless we just eat lots of peanut butter.

Going over the top, you might think, except we then get this from him:

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities

Sure, I agree – ‘at its most repugnant’. But two things: the Southern Baptists don’t actually do any of that stuff, so what’s it got to do with them? Secondly, when did they right to kill unborn children become a human right?  Yes, those old white folks you don’t like Mr Carter (why now, where you been for the last six decades?) they think the right to life is sacred. Where’d they get that funny notion? The Bible again.

Then, in another statement of the very obvious, he goes on:

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices – as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.

Sure, but who is doing that in the USA Mr C?  You seem a tad confused. Iran as a good example? Do you mean Iraq? Easy to get them mixed up – those ‘I’ places. Iran is that place governed by Islamic law – and if you think that’s good for women, then you really are a suitable case for treatment.

After all these years he has made a discovery:

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.

Well, of course he can only really speak for himself, and if he’s been doing that all this time I can appreciate his contrition – but in that case he should do the decent thing – having been wrong all his life, he should repent and follow the Bible. You see Mr C, that’s the problem with women, we’ll tell you what we think and not thank you for your patronising us.

About JessicaHoff
Church of England. Survivor. Grateful. Rabid feminist lefty, according to some, wishy-washy liberal according to me.

5 Responses to President Carter talks peanuts

  1. Of course, ol’ Jimmy didn’t have a problem as President doing an interview with Playboy magazine which, as we all know, is a paragon of the principle of respecting (never exploiting) women — though he did admit that he had “lusted in his heart” in the past. Poor Rosalind (his little buttercup) had to endure his tendency to lust after other women in his heart — poor thing. I think Jimmy might have had 1 too many Billy Beers from the Carter family museum vault.


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