Carter urges Muslim Americans to support equal rights for women

DETROIT (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is urging Muslims to treat men and women as equals.

Speaking at the Islamic Society of North America convention in Detroit, Carter quoted the Quran and said, "If you were taught by your parents or you believe you're superior to your wife just because you're a man, Allah says your wrong."

The Detroit News says Carter added that parents in some parts of the world strangle their newborn daughters because they want sons instead.

Carter also said he prays for peace between Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land, but believes it won't be achieved without "justice and human rights for the Palestinians."

The former president said, "I hope all of you will use the principles of Allah to bring peace and justice to all."

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