Jimmy Carter has left the Southern Baptist Convention, because he is tired of the way that religious body treats women. Specifically, he opposes their refusal to ordain women and their requirement that women be subordinate to their husbands.
He also connects those positions with the global abuse, discrimination, and mutilation against women. He says no religion should subjugate women, and he rightly holds male leaders responsible for the choices they make in interpreting sacred texts.
I pray for the day when he, and others of similar integrity and wisdom, also will see the connection between religiously-based misogyny and religiously-based homophobia.
But he is doing a good thing. He has tried to change the view of his denomination–with which he has been associated for 6o years–but finally decided he could do more by leaving.
May each of us live our faith with such integrity and commitment to justice.