Losing my religion for equality
Former President Jimmy Carter, a practicing Christian all his life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years, has severed his ties with Southern Baptist Convention after six decades. The reason:
“Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.”
The reference to the Word of God is the Bible. The Bible places the blame on Eve for the original sin. Mr. Jimmy Carter has joined The Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by former South African president Nelson Mandela, which issued a statement that declares:
“The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.”
The proven word of God, unaltered and fully preserved since revelation does not place the blame on Eve for the original sin. Both Adam and Eve are blamed equally for that sin in the Quran
[7:22] He thus duped them with lies. As soon as they tasted the tree, their bodies became visible to them, and they tried to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise. Their Lord called upon them: “Did I not enjoin you from that tree, and warn you that the devil is your most ardent enemy?”
[7:23] They said, “Our Lord, we have wronged our souls, and unless You forgive us and have mercy on us, we will be losers.”
[7:24] He said, “Go down as enemies of one another. On earth shall be your habitation and provision for awhile.”
[7:25] He said, “On it you will live, on it you will die, and from it you will be brought out.”
[7:26] O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of GOD’s signs, that they may take heed.
CREATION IN THE QURAN
In the chapter (Sura) entitled ‘Women’ the very first verse states:
[4:1] O people, observe your Lord; the One who created you from one being, and created from it its mate, then spread from the two many men and women. You shall regard GOD, by whom you swear, and regard the parents. GOD is watching over you.
THE QURAN ON WOMEN
Women were given rights to own property and the right to divorce 1400 years ago; rights which women in the west acquired in the last two centuries.
Men and women are considered as equal in the Quran. The Quran gives the example of Sheba as a righteous believer (Muslim) as a leader of a nation.
The present status of women in the Islamic World is shameful and the laws which suppress them are not in the Quran. The vast majority of Muslims worldwide have deserted the Quran in favor of man-made laws written after more than two centuries after the revelation of the Quran.