Photo by Rick Diamond, The Carter Center
With the announcement last week that he has metastatic cancer, the 90 year old former president Jimmy Carter begins the final chapter in a long life of integrity and honor and service. His many accomplishments through the Carter Center have literally changed the world we live in. Already recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize, he is the best post-president in our history.
Equally, he will be remembered as a good man who stood for equality, justice, and inclusion without discrimination, and for helping those in need. Identifying himself as a Christian, he lived that faith by "walking in the footsteps of Jesus" -- and not as the Bible-thumping practitioners of hatred and exclusion that we associate with the "religious right."
Jimmy Carter epitomizes the best of the "religious left."