JULY has been an exciting month for women’s progress in the world.
First, SARAH PALIN removed herself as a target for hate groups by announcing her resignation as governor of Alaska. She will no longer cost Alaskans money to defend her against mythical ethics charges that must by law be investigated. So far, those complaints have amounted to nothing more than bills for taxpayers and the Palin family and a repudiation of the accusations.
By acting outside the politically acceptable behavior zone, Palin once again has shown that she does not necessarily abide by tradition, either political or cultural. Her choice to abandon her post in favor of her state’s right to have a governor spending time on state issues rather than her personal issues is a first.
The observer does not have to like Sarah Palin in order to admit this is an unusual action that deviates from the male norm. It remains to be seen if this is the proper course of action for both Palin and for Alaska.
The second stunning announcement came from former President JIMMY CARTER about his departure from the Southern Baptists because of their treatment of women. This is a major step forward for the restoration of females to their rightful place in the world as primary rather than secondary citizens. When any prominent male issues a challenge to his fellow compatriots as Carter has just done, it signals a change in the status of women on the horizon.
Carter says the subjugation of women is based on skewed biblical interpretations, and that there are biblical stories suggesting not only is slavery acceptable but even oppression of the populace by tyrants is permissible. Most people would not go along with either of those actions but they have yet to stop viewing women as inferior.
A careful reading of the story of Adam and Eve by male religious leaders (and they have been all male until the last few decades) results in an interpretation that Adam was tempted by the serpent through Eve and mankind fell from grace. That one story, and no proof has ever been found that it even happened, is the basis for the subjugation of women worldwide.
A lack of proof of biblical stories requires strong faith to believe they are accurate recitations of past events. What is shocking is that faith is required to believe that women are subservient to men.
It is painfully obvious that males wrote this story because Adam did not accept responsibility for his actions and Eve got blamed as an all-time temptress. This ancient metaphor is undoubtedly the forerunner to history’s judicial and religious placement of blame on the “temptress” female in rape cases. In the Middle East, the policy on rape is that the female who tempts the male always causes it. Looking at rape cases in the U.S., it is possible to see a version of this same policy in effect.
Carter cites a group he belongs to called The Elders, an independent organization of eminent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela. This group works at building peace and addressing the causes of human suffering in an effort to promote the shared interests of humanity. The Elders have now published a statement that declares it is unacceptable to justify discrimination against females on the grounds of religion or tradition or even on the basis of a Higher Authority.
When THE ELDERS allow world women leaders to become a part of their group overseeing humanity’s problems, they will reach the epitome of perfection.