Recent events in the Middle East, and especially in Egypt, point out the consequences of denying justice to people for too long.
Eventually people understand how they have been used in the support of unfair systems, ideologies and, yes, even religions.
Governments and organizations that have exercised power over people without regard to basic human justice should be forewarned and understand that it is only a matter of time before their injustice is identified and people rise up to change what was before believed to be the divine right of kings and/or tyrants.
Buried for too long is the issue of justice for women in the area of religion. The world has changed and those religions who insist on keeping women in secondary and subservient roles are fighting a losing battle. The old theologies have been exposed to be irrelevant and wrong.
It is with great sadness that I see my own Catholic church continue to deny qualified women from being ordained to the priesthood, using arguments that have all been totally rejected by competent theologians. While 80 percent of ministry in the Catholic church is currently being carried out by women, they are still considered to be unworthy for ordained ministry.
For every adult that joins the church in this country, four adults leave. Many cite the unjust treatment of women as a major issue.
Justice is rising in our world. Unfair treatment of any group of people will not stand the test of time.