Dear Mr. Former President Carter,
You say that denominations like the Southern Baptists have extracted and distorted Bible verses to justify the ascendance and dominance of men over women, to the point of abusing women.
Mr. President, you said, and I quote, “But in the Southern Baptist Convention, there’s a policy that women cannot be pastors and cannot be deacons and cannot be chaplains… In some of the Southern Baptist seminaries or universities, it is prohibited for a woman to teach a classroom that has boys as students” (more here).
Mr. President, I know you famously withdrew from the Southern Baptists largely because of their positions on women. I get that, and I respect that. But you’re not completely accurate in your representation of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
While it is true that the SBC has restricted the office of pastor to males, this is not true for deacons and chaplains, except military chaplaincy.
Mr. President, while I admire greatly your valor for the equality of women, for Southern Baptists and others to teach, based on their understanding of the Bible, that certain positions of leadership are restricted to men–is not an abuse of women nor is such to devalue women. Mr. President, you are engaging in logical fallacy here.
Mr. President, the problem is a failure in leadership on the part of those entrusted with such, and not the appropriation of certain prohibitions, as what is deemed the correct interpretation of the Bible.