„It is interesting to note that an overwhelming majority of citizens in the world's three largest democracies have different religions: India (81 percent Hindu), the United States (76 percent Christian), and Indonesia (87 percent Muslim). Two of them have elected women as leaders of their government.“

—  Jimmy Carter, livro A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
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