Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, a frequent Fox News guest, has drawn wide condemnation for saying women should have never been given the right to vote.
In a sermon that was posted on YouTube in March, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson said women are leading the United States down a path of wickedness because they have too much political power.
Fox News host Sean Hannity has invited Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson on his show several times, including after the video was posted, and sits on the board of the conservative activist’s organization.
The remark seemed to draw disagreement, if not condemnation, from Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch, who tweeted: “When? Women voting is best thing in a hundred years.”
Rev. Jesse lee Peterson’s fiery statement had drawn immense criticism.
“I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote,” Jesse Lee Peterson said in the sermon.
“We should’ve never turned this over to women. 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 gonna 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. 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.”
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is no stranger to controversial statements. He has previously said “thank God for slavery’ because it brought the Africans to live in the United States, the ‘greatest country in the world”.
He has also said: “Barack Obama hates white people, especially white men.”
He has been quoted saying men should be legally allowed to hit their wives and that he wishes he could take “all black people back to the South and put them on the plantation so they would understand the ethic of working”.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson’s comments about women come from his sermon called “How most women are building a shameless society.”
During the 12-minute speech, he says women are incapable of making good decisions because they are too emotional.
“You walk up to them with a issue, they freak out right away. 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. They don’t have love,” he said.
When he appeared on Fox News last week at the invitation of Sean Hannity, Democratic commentator Kirsten Power confronted him for the sermon and called his words “misogynistic”.
He replied: “I have a responsibility to tell the truth. You’re on the side of lies. Why shouldn’t I be on the side of truth? And it’s the truth that’s gonna make us free. Somebody gotta tell the truth, so I’m going to tell the truth.”