A controversial clergyman and Fox News guest has raised eyebrows and ire by delivering a recorded sermon in which he posited that women's suffrage was "one of the greatest mistakes" in American history and that women were "crazy."
Despite his shockingly misogynistic comments, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson was still invited to appear on Sean Hannity's popular Fox News program.
Rev. Peterson's sermon, which appeared on YouTube in March, was laden with discriminatory and derisive remarks about women. The 62-year-old fundamentalist clergymen, who heads an organization called Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), waxed nostalgic for "the good old days," when "men knew that women are crazy and they knew how to deal with them."
Women, who Peterson believes are incapable of coping with life's challenges, "freak out right away," he said.
"They go nuts. They get mad. They get upset," he rambled. "They have no patience because it's not their nature."
"I think one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote," the reverend continued. "We should have never turned this over to women. And these women are voting for the wrong people. They're voting in people who are evil who agree with them who are gonna take us down the pathway of destruction."
"And this probably was the reason they didn't allow women to vote when men were men," he added. "Because men in the good old days understood that you let them take over, this is what would happen."
Hannity, who denies that there is a conservative "war on women," welcomed Rev. Peterson on his show even after his incredible display of disdain for the opposite sex. But Fox host Kirsten Powers, who sat alongside Peterson during Hannity's "Great American Panel" segment which aired on May 1, called the clergyman out for his sermon.
"I didn't know I was going to be on with him," she said of the man who uses "God's word to teach misogyny."
The Raw Story points out that Hannity serves on BOND's advisory board.
"BOND has played an instrumental role in helping young men and women build lives which will help inspire the next generation. BOND continues to fight the good fight standing for the values of God, family, and country, and are deserving of our support," a blurb credited to Hannity says on the group's website.
This isn't the first time that Rev. Peterson has courted controversy. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated much of the Gulf Coast and killed some 1,800 people, many of them poor African-Americans, he wrote that people trapped in New Orleans were "welfare-pampered," "lazy" and "immoral."
In 2006, he called Islam "an evil religion" and said that all Muslims hate America.
He has also accused the women's health care group Planned Parenthood of murdering "over 1,500 black babies" on a daily basis, and this January he opined that African-Americans should be sent "back on the plantation so they would understand the ethic of working."
"They need a good, hard education on what it is to work," he said.
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