Sunday, January 17, 2010

Women and Religious Discrimination

Nicholas Kristof  has written an interesting Op-Ed column about religious discrimination against women recently in The New York Times.  In it he mentions the Parliament of the World's Religions:

“Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths, creating an environment in which violations against women are justified,” former President Jimmy Carter noted in a speech last month to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Australia.

“The belief that women are inferior human beings in the eyes of God,” Mr. Carter continued, “gives excuses to the brutal husband who beats his wife, the soldier who rapes a woman, the employer who has a lower pay scale for women employees, or parents who decide to abort a female embryo.”