Not So Fast

The letter “Women and Islam” (Letters, April 2009) points out that Islamic law often forces women into subservient social and religious roles. Lest we forget, the Equal Rights Amendment has never been ratified in this, our “Christian” nation, and it took decades of attempts before the 19th Amendment was ratified to affirm women’s right to vote. In many Christian denominations, women are not allowed to hold high clerical office. Don’t hold your breath waiting for a woman pope.

Misogyny may indeed fester under Islam, but let us not wag our Christian fingers in sanctimonious rebuke until our own house is in good repair.

Evan Jones, Sacramento, California

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Sojourners Magazine July 2009
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