Just days after Jimmy Carter announced he was severing ties with the Southern Baptist Convention because of their treatment of women, the church has accused the former president of seeking headlines for “political advantage” and said it’s not the first time he’s left the church.
Roger Oldham, a spokesman for the convention, told a Toronto newspaper earlier this week that Carter has left the church about four times and that his claims that the church subjugated women are a “far cry” than actual practices.
“Believing that women and men have different roles in the home is a far cry from wishing the subjugation of women,” Oldham said.
Carter has been a member of the Southern Baptist Convention for at least 60 years but announced he was leaving because of the church’s requirement that women be subservient to their husbands. Carter wrote in an essay in The Age that the practice created a loss of control for girls and women over their own bodies and decisions.