PRESIDENT CARTER STANDS UP FOR WOMEN!
In 2009, Former President Jimmy Carter penned an open letter in which he denounced his Baptist faith due to its discrimination towards women. As those raised in religious homes would understand, it takes a lot of courage to publicly denounce your faith. We encourage you to read the letter he wrote here.
“It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices – as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.”
Outrage over women’s rights and secular stigma from a respected public figure is essential. In this point in our country’s history, we can’t rely on our future government. We need former leaders in our corner. President Carter is giving a voice for women and denouncing discriminatory religious practices and we hope our SuitUp Nation members will follow in his footsteps.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESIDENT CARTER’S ACTIONS!
To learn more about President Carter’s decision to reject religion and advocate for women’s rights, you can read his book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power. President Carter is also a member of The Elders, a group founded by Nelson Mandela. The Elders focuses on supporting and raising awareness for a number of different human rights issues. There are tons of great calls to action on their website.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
- Ready to take action in the name of women’s rights? Visit Amnesty International‘s website where you can filter CTAs specifically geared towards supporting women.
- If you have recently decided to denounce your religion, you’re probably feeling confused and guilty. All of those feelings are completely normal. Check out Recovering from Religion, a peer support network. The site has many different resources that can help you with this transition. You can also speak with someone from RFR via their hotline. If you’re looking for a therapist and would prefer a secular one, The Secular Therapist Project is a great place!
- If you are a progressive practicing Catholic visit Call To Action. This organization “educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.” They have multiple CTAs on their website that focus on promoting diversity and acceptance within the Catholic faith.
SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE!
Lastly, we are asking our #SUN members to show support for President Cater and make sure he knows his efforts are appreciated! We’re asking each of you to pen a letter, in your own words, or send him a postcard. We want to flood his mailbox with love and keep this momentum going!
Please send all mail to President Carter’s nonprofit, The Carter Center, or to his residence, The Carter House:
|The Carter Center||The Carter House|
|432 Freedom Parkway||209 Woodland Drive|
|Atlanta, GA 3037||Plains, Sumter County, GA 31780|
Visit SuitUp Nation’s Facebook Group to join in the conversation, share your story, and become part of the #SUN movement. Make sure to let us know when you’ve taken action! Leave us a comment on our Facebook Page and tell everyone you’re a bad a** activist who’s standing up for Human Rights all over North America!