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Former US President Jimmy Carter's new book calls on those in religious leadership roles to stop allowing religion to be an excuse for discrimination against women. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Friday on The Current, the former president of the United States Jimmy Carter will join us to talk about his new book, A Call to Action. He writes that "the most serious worldwide challenge is the abuse of women and girls largely caused by a false interpretation of religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare."
On the subject of violence and warfare, the events of the last few months have also been on President Carter's mind. He says there's nothing U.S. President Barack Obama could do to prevent the crisis in Crimea. But a line must be drawn at additional Russian expansion into Ukraine. It must take him back to 1980, when he drew another line.
"Massive Soviet military forces have invaded the small, nonaligned, sovereign nation of Afghanistan ... attempting to conquer the fiercely independent Muslim people of that country. The Soviet's claim, falsely, that they were invited in to Afghanistan to help protect that country from some unnamed outside threat. It is a deliberate effort of a powerful Atheistic government to subjugate an independent Islamic people ... and as a stepping stone to possible control over much of the world's oil supplies. If they maintain their dominance over Afghanistan and then extend their control to adjacent countries, this would threaten the security of all nations."39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Here is the full transcript of U.S. President Jimmy Carter's Address to the Nation on the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan