Frequent Fox News guest Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson drew sharp criticism for arguing that women should not have the right to vote in a sermon that was posted on YouTube in March. The minister argued that women are destroying American society and wield too much political power.
Fox News host Sean Hannity has invited Peterson to speak on his show several times, even after the offensive sermon was posted online.
Even News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch, corporate master of Fox, disagreed with Peterson's sexist rant according to the Daily Mail. He tweeted in response, When? Women voting is best thing in a hundred years.
I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote, Peterson said in the sermon.
Peterson even went so far as to associate woman in politics with evil.
We should've never turned this over to women, he said. It was a big mistake. ... And these women are voting in the wrong people. They're voting in people who are evil who agrees (sic) with them who're going to take us down this pathway of destruction.
And this probably was the reason that they didn't allow women to vote when men were men, he continued. Because men, in the good old days, understood the nature of the woman. They were not afraid to deal with it and they understood that if they let them take over, this is what would happen.
This is not Peterson's first controversial and offensive statement. He previously said thank God for slavery because it brought African people to the United States.
Peterson has also stated, Barack Obama hates white people, especially white men. He argued that men should be legally permitted to hit their wives and expressed a desire to take all black people back to the South and put them on the plantation so they would understand the ethic of working.
During his most recent offensive statement, the sermon titled How most women are building a shameless society, he said women are incapable of making good decisions because they get too emotional.
You walk up to them with an issue, they freak out right away, he said. They go nuts. They get mad. They get upset, just like that. They have no patience because it's not in their nature. They don't have love.
Peterson appeared on Fox News last week after being invited again by Sean Hannity, and was confronted by Democratic commentator Kirsten Power, who called the sermon misogynistic.
I have a responsibility to tell the truth, replied Peterson. You're on the side of lies. Why shouldn't I be on the side of truth? And it's the truth that's going to make us free. Somebody gotta tell the truth, so I'm going to tell the truth.
Peterson is the president and founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, a group pushing a conservative agenda among African Americans where Hannity sits on the board, and its allied BOND Action Inc. In the past he has hosted a radio talk show and a cable TV program. He is well known for fighting against affirmative action and is a member of Choose Black American, a black group fighting illegal immigration.