It is somewhat shocking that the president who is arguably the most sincere, dedicated follower of Jesus to sit in that office (at least in the last 60 years) is the first to visibly split with one of the largest Protestant denominations in America. Of course, one thing about the Baptist tradition is that he has plenty of other choices; denominations that are the same in all theological respects except for the social teachings that he has found disturbing and un-Christlike. It is unclear whether this means he will change his local church membership or whether his local church will change denominational affiliation.
Carter had some straight talk for the denomination. He could have said some harsher (but not less true) things. The claim of the denomination is that a literal reading of scripture demands that women not be permitted to serve as pastors, deacons or military chaplains. The text the cite in 1 Corinthians does not literally say anything about pastors, deacons or chaplains. If it were actually taken literally it would mean that the denomination would prohibit women from singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School (even to children) or making announcements. In fact all of these things are so embedded in the denomination's culture that the scripture in question is twisted to mean something that in interpretive and not literal.
He could also have pointed out that this is a denomination that came into existence because it believed devoutly that the New Testament supported slavery, a position that it recently repented for. In fact, that stand was closer to the truth. There is much more literal material in the New Testament supporting slavery than there is to support their present stand on women in ministry. One wonders if at some point in the future they will repent for this stand. If (and, more likely, when) they do, perhaps they will remember President Carter and reinstate him for his prophetic stand, even in posthumously.