Saturday, December 12, 2009

Jimmy Carter: Anti-Catholic Bigot

LifeSite News documents these gems from our former president (1977-1981), Jimmy Carter:
MELBOURNE, December 11, 2009 ( - In an address to a gathering sponsored by the World Parliament of Religions (PWR) last Friday, former US President Jimmy Carter has once again blamed traditional religion, particularly Southern Baptists and Roman Catholics, for "creating an environment where violations against women are justified."

It is a theme that Carter has successfully used to garner media attention for several years.

Although in a July column in The Observer Carter admits to "not having training in religion or theology," in his address to the PWR Carter appeals to his authority as someone who has "taught Bible lessons for more than 65 years."

In opposition to the vast majority of authentic scholars and historians, Carter asserted: "It's clear that during the early Christian era women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets." He added: "It wasn't until the 4th century or the 3rd at the earliest that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant position within the religious hierarchy."

Contrary to the theorizing of Carter, Pope John Paul II taught, "The Lord Jesus chose men to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry." He added: "the Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible." (Catechism of the Catholic Church; 1577)

Carter singled out the Southern Baptist Convention and Roman Catholic Church, claiming that they "view that the Almighty considers women to be inferior to men." However, both Christian faiths hold to the Scriptural truth that God created men and women equal.

Carter suggests that only in permitting women to become priests and pastors could male religious leaders choose to interpret teachings to exalt rather than subjugate women. "They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter, subjugation," he said.

"Their continuing choice provides a foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world," said Carter. Carter goes on to list horrific violations against women such as rape, genital mutilation, abortion of female embryos and spousal battery.

Responding to Carter's nearly identical points in July, John Paul Meenan, Professor of Theology at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry's Bay, Ontario characterized Carter's points as "ridiculous," noting that there was no evidence of the ordination of women in the early Church.

Moreover, Meenan stressed that historically Christianity ought to be credited for promoting the dignity of women. "It is the Church that invariably improved the lot of women in the lands that were converted and Christianized," he said.


Hodge said...

Liberals are so confused. They fight so hard for the preservation of the poor, but then deny the idea of divine order to which the preservation of life belongs. This causes them to hold all sorts of contradictory positions on abortion, contraception, homosexuality and gender roles. God's order preserves, perpetuates and prospers life (i.e., the very thing Carter supposedly works toward).

Carlos Echevarria said...

What an utter and baseless canard, but then again when dealing with James Earl Carter, nothing surprises, especially after his horrible pusillanimous administration!

I have noted and FBI records in the USA lately denoted an uptick in not only anti Papal, anti Catholic rhetoric but acts of violence in our country. (abroad being commonplace, especially in the Muslim world)

Lastly, we have now have been blessed with two amazingly pro Marian papacies in the last 31 plus years. The point being we are chastised by non-Catholic Christians over our Marian devotions but now we are somehow retrograde via women????

Auntie Coosa said...

Would Former President Carter make statements regarding Izlam? Would he praise a cult whose "holy" Koran states:
IV/34: Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other.. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them.

First point to notice here is that Quran clearly states that Men are superior to women. Secondly, Islam instructs that a man should control his women through brutal violence and fear.

IV/15: (For women) If any one of your women is guilty of lewdness ...confine them until death claims them.

IV/16: (For Men) If two men among you commit indecency (sodomy) punish them both. If they repent and mend their ways, let them be. Allah is forgiving and merciful.

As you can see, for women any sort of sexual exploration is punishable by death. Whereas for a man, any form of perversion is pardoned by the all merciful Allah.

XXIV/6-7: As for those who accuse their wives but have no witnesses except themselves , let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies...

Here we see, that a husband can easily accuse his wife (or wives) and eventually sentence her to death by merely declaring four times that the accusation is true. On the other hand, women have no such right in Islam.

Quote From Sahih Muslim Hadith:
Chapter 1140: The prophet said : "The majority of those who entered the fire of Hell were women."

So Islam considers most of the women are evil in nature and they end up in hell.

# (Al Hadis, Vol. 2, p. 692) Ibn Ma`sud reported from the Messenger of Allah who said, "A woman is like a private part (sex organ). When she goes out (walking) the devil casts a glance at her (in lust)."

Well, this clearly gives us an insight into Mohammed's "pure" mind. To him women were nothing but walking vaginas to be used as objects for sexual fulfillment. No wonder he required women to be completely covered from head to toe. He had to have some way to control his lust!

# (Koran, 4:34) ...Guard in (the husband's)absence what Allah would have them guard...

This verse is demanding that the women should guard their private parts for the sake of their husbands. Again, this tells us the low opinion that Mohammed held for women-- objects to be used for sexual fulfillment. Nowhere in the Koran or the Hadiths does it say that a man should guard his private parts or abstain from sex in the absence of their wives.

Much more here:

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that I voted for Jimmy Carter the first time he ran for President. After 4 years of this man mis-running our country, I could not vote for him again. He continues to go against the teachings of the church with his constant bantering. He is doing this continuously all over the world. He is representative of a poor Catholic, Christian, Baptist or whatever.

st bosco said...

Why do people quote the catechism as if it was written by the hand of God? It was written by men in an attempt to justify their own religion, just like other religons do. Second, why do some people refer to the catholic church as THE CHURCH. Gods church consists of the people who accepted Jesus as Lord and are born again. Not members of some organization. You cant sign up to get into heaven

Allan Wafkowski said...

The poor man appears to have used the same "scholarly" sources as he did when he trained to be president. I'm sitting here waiting for the media outcry....

William said...

St. Bosco: You are soo wrong. There is only one true faith, and one Church. The rest are modernistic, quasi, heretical Christian Rebels. Like Lucifer, who rebeled against Heaven and wished his own Kingdom, so too do modern sects wish they are the true church.

Jae said...

To St Bosco,

Brother do you know that the Bible you are holding was written by men (fallible men) and was proclaimed and declared (from hundreds of collection of books) by the Catholic church (made up of men and leaders - council of Hippo) and to be Divinely inspired Word of God?

The same authority who made the Catechism of the Catholic Church granted by Jesus to His church.

Moonshadow said...

N.T. Wright alludes to this suppression of female witnesses when he points out that St. Paul doesn't mention the Magdalen in an account of the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:5-8; cf. John 20:16).

Carter's sentiments about women in general cannot be satisfactorily refuted by the late pope's words about the Catholic priesthood. If anything, Carter is speaking more about "headship" issues within Christian marriage than about Catholic clergy.