Jimmy Carter signs ‘A Call to Action’ at Powell’s

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview on the “Late Show with David Letterman” Monday, March 24, 2014, (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
Former President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview on the “Late Show with David Letterman” Monday, March 24, 2014, (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In former President Jimmy Carter’s new book, he pins the blame for the subjugation and abuse of women on religion.

Carter, now 89, was at Powell’s Books at 2 p.m. Sunday to sign copies of “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.”

The 39th President of the United States is on a book tour to promote his latest book. A book purchase was required to get it autographed.

In the book, he said the abuse of women and girls is the most serious challenge facing the world today.

The Christian Science Monitor, in a review, said Carter sees the crisis manifesting “itself across the world in the form of child marriage, unequal pay, female genital mutilation, human trafficking and more.”

Religion, he said, is main reason women are abused worldwide.

The abuse is “largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime by the United States,” Carter wrote.

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