Where’s Your Shame, Woman?! Fundamentalist Pastor Takes to YouTube to Fault Women for All Social Ills

VIDEO: Where’s Your Shame, Woman?!

Where’s Your Shame, Woman?! Fundamentalist pastor takes to YouTube to fault women for all social ills. 

Ever wonder what goes on inside the small minds of fundamentalist Christian men? Want to know how they justify their blatant anti-woman policies and practices? Are they for real? Do they even know how hateful and intolerably ignorant they sound? 

Thanks to Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a fundamentalist black pastor and up-and-coming Republican leader, there’s now a YouTube video which perfectly sums up the Religious Right’s core beliefs about women.

“One thing I know for sure, without a doubt, women cannot handle power,” says Peterson, in a 12-minute tirade posted to the “bondinfo” YouTube channel recently as a part of the Reverend’s “Exploring Your Destiny” video series.

“It is not in them to handle power in the right way,” he continues, “they don’t know what to do with it.” Really? That’s some blatant misogyny right there, folks.  Ah – but Rev. Peterson is just getting started …

“It’s not real power anyway … it’s all ego-building. Real, true power come [sic] from God, and God is the one that gave man the power and authority over the wife, and to spiritually guide the world in the right way to go.”

According to the website listed at the end of the video, “BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to ‘Rebuilding the Family By Rebuilding the Man.’ BOND was Founded by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson who is also its President.”

Rev. Peterson has been busy lately making himself a reputation for strident religiously-motivated bigotry. In January, the Tea Party leader and author of “Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America,” caused a stir by suggesting that unemployed African Americans need to be sent “back to the plantation so they would understand the ethic of working.”

“I hope that once [black people] hear the truth, they will pull away from the Democratic Party and their godless leaders,” Peterson told the Huffington Post. “When you tell them the truth first, they become upset … They think if you’re black and conservative, you’re an Uncle Tom. Once you let them yell and scream and carry on — because they will carry on — and when they calm down, they understand.”

“Women are now degraded. Women have no shame,” Peterson laments in reference to Sandra Fluke’s courageous congressional committee testimony. “This woman’s sitting there testifying about … all the sex they having [sic] … and it’s really all about maintaining the freedom to kill babies in the womb.”

During his sermon, Rev. Peterson is wringing his hands as he explains how “all these women are into all this stuff [sex out of wedlock] with no shame – women would not have done that in the good old days.”

That’s right – it’s all about shameless women, whom Peterson says, do not realize they present themselves as sluts.

Apparently emboldened by the fact that none of the Christian women in his audience objected by hurtling heavy objects at his imbecilic head, Peterson continues, “It’s unfortunate that women are allow.., that men are so weak, they’ve been so intimidated that they allow these women to just run wild and screw up everything – including their souls, and their children.”

In the good old days, men knew that women are crazy and they knew how to deal with them … sadly for religious wannabe-cave dwellers, those days are gone …

“And if you speak up about it, Satan got [sic] it set up – through the women – that you’re gonna be punished in some kind of way.”

The Reverend is certainly not going to play into the Devil’s hands by refusing to speak his mind when it comes to the inherent, abysmal flaws of shameless women.

“They can’t handle stress. They can’t handle anything. You walk up to them with a issue [sic], 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.”

Heard enough? The majority of people who commented on this vile video could not watch more than a minute or two without feeling nauseated and violently angry due to the straight-out ludicrousness and unqualified misogyny of Reverend Peterson’s sermon.

Those lacking a masochistic proclivity to endure malicious, hate-filled bible-thumping missed the ironic spectacle of a black man bemoaning the evils of women’s suffrage:

“I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should’ve never turned this over to women,” Peterson complains. “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 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, you let them take over, this is what would happen.”

He goes on to blame women for all the supposed evils of modern society: homosexuality, “this gay marriage thing,” losing our right to bear arms, freedom to “speak truth,” … all this debauchery “because women are in a position of power.”

“Wherever women are taking over, evil reigns.”

It is no surprise that religious misogynists focus on shame when attempting to keep women in line. According to psychologist Dr. Darrel Ray, author of Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, “religions have found shame to be a powerful tool for maintaining religious conformity and to control or limit sexual behavior.”

There is nothing so disheartening to me as when I hear women defending “The Big Guy” – and African American men who rationalize and advocate for the subjugation of fellow human beings in the name of God are no less pathetic.

As PZ Myers points out, Rev. Peterson is “incoherent and stupid, completely lacking in charisma, with a speaking style that makes you wonder if he’d been stunned with a hammer …” – so what’s the big deal? Nobody takes this loser seriously, do they?

As a former fundamentalist Christian woman and editor of a “pro-life, pro-family” Christian political newspaper for 16 years, I spent a lot of time in the company of patriarchal right-wing men – and from my experience, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is not exceptionally extreme or outlandish in fundamentalist circles. What makes Peterson “edgy” is that he has the audacity to speak aloud what most right-wing men truly believe about women – the Reverend is aberrant only because he is outspoken enough to post his misogynist views on YouTube.

Recently, conservative analyst, Kristen Powers, confronted Rev. Peterson about his misogynistic sermon when she and Peterson appeared together on Sean Hannity’s “Great American Panel.” Watch as Powers shamelessly hijacked Hannity’s program to lambaste Peterson, saying, “You are a pastor distorting God’s word for misogyny … when you say you leave a woman alone in charge a family and she destroys the family.”

Notice that when Powers directly called on the host to denounce Peterson’s regressive views on women, Hannity, who is a BOND advisory board member, issued not a single word of censure, but chose instead to steer the conversation back to the topic of President Obama taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden.

Peterson has endorsed Mitt Romney, saying, “Love of God, family and country are the most important values in my life. All are under attack in America as never before. I believe that Governor Romney, though not without flaws in his record, is a decent, highly capable man who believes in these same values.”

Yes, America is under attack – and she’s going down because brazen women are taking over.

Where’s your shame, right-wing Christian political leaders? Where are the outcries of socially conservative evangelicals protesting the Reverend’s anti-woman screed? Their silence speaks volumes. 

The real shame is this: as an ultra-conservative black man, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the darling of the Religious Right. What he says is the undiluted substance of what the Republican troglodytes believe about “their” women.

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  • bethanyg90

    As I read this article, my mouth dropped open further and further in anger and disbelief. As much as I want to say it isn’t true, I know that other people believe the same vile, hateful, disgusting things that this reverend do.

    I wonder what sort of life experiences could lead to somebody having this sort of belief. How does a person become a misogynist? I really cannot even fathom how this can happen in the 21st century.

    You say we can’t handle power, Reverend? I think this man and other misogynists like him are the real “weak” ones. They are terrified of women having power because it would mean that, if women are equal, men are not inherently superior due to their sex. The only way they can make themselves feel better about themselves is to seek a target to deny power from. Their weakness leads them to feel threatened by LGBTQ people and women.

    I promise you, Reverend, I and other women and men who believe in the equality of women are not gonna just lie back and take it. We CAN vote, and our puny lady brains can decide which leaders we want to have in this country. Things are never going back to the “good ol’ days” (where, need I add, black people faced segregation and discrimination). We are here, and we are angry.

    Might I add that this pathetic reverend seems to be racist as well against other African-Americans.


  • ray984954

    This pastor is the prime reason I want to circulate my pledge and get more people to sign it to call attention to the blatant as well as subtle signals of hatred of women in this world society. How is it that half the population can be treated this way with some women even joining in the fray?Perhaps Gloria Steinem should have used a different word than Feminism for equality in the world as it puts in stupid peoples heads that Feminisim is all about just women being against men and wanting to take what is their entitlements(to them). Go to any of the hundreds of men’s rights movements websites and at once you can see they haven’t a damn clue about the goals and ideas associated with the Feminist movement. Yes, I am a mangina according to them, but F**K’ em, let sleeping dogs lie. I object to and am sick and tired of reading articles and seeing movies and hearing the implications that women are good for only one thing, a roll in the hay.(Though that can be fun, it should not be a standard view of what women are good for). I think backward religious thinking is responsible for much of these attitudes. Ann Coulter even said once that when women got the right to vote it was a downward spiral for this country(USA). With some women’s attitudes like that who needs a man’s rights movement to villify?I just read in the Spring 2012 Issue 145 of the Intelligence Report put out by the SPLC, an article written by Arthur Goldwag called “a war on women,”  outlining the misogyny and vitriol towards women by sites on the Internet. Truly appalling what these ignorant men are saying about women, which appears to even stifle Amanda Marcotte’s criticisms of these men. It starts out talking about the TJ Ball incident where the man ignited himself with gasoline on June 15, 2011 outside the Cheshire County, NH Courthouse, and died in minutes. The internet went nuts with support of him by these misogynistic sites. Ball clearly had problems, but I doubt it was his dealings with the court and ex-wife that was the gist of it, it ran much deeper than that, as he was more fundamentally dysfunctional than that. It was disheartening to read what men are doing to protest their being made to behave as humans instead of like Neaderthals.

    My pledge is here: http://www.signon.org/sign/stand-up-for-all-women

  • oak-cliff-townie

    The AMEN Ladies/ corner knows he must be talking about the Floozy(s) sitting over there.  Because the self righteous know he isn’t speaking about THEM or their spouses .