Where’s your shame, woman?!

Where’s your shame, woman?! May 4, 2012

Popular conservative Christian pastor says “America is over” because shameless women who have sex and vote are running wild and screwing everything up.

by Vyckie Garrison

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 conservative 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. “The 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 when 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 Fox News 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.”

[Trigger warning!]


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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  • minuteye

    If only Reverend Peterson was a troglodyte… they’re imaginary, and he is terrifyingly real.

  • River Lotus

    I’ve been reading this site out of interest for a year now, and I am posting for the first time to say…I am shaking with anger and fear. When is this going to stop? I feel like I need to do something to prevent this hate from happening, but I don’t know what. I am beyond shocked. Of all the things I have read on this site, this article has shocked me to the core.

  • John

    Bertrand Russell, quite some time ago, said, “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts.

    This man, Peterson, is both a fool and a fanatic and speaks his indefensible crap while the wiser religious folks stand humbly/dumbly by. He says America is dead because of women. Truth be told if America is dead it’s because those seeking to wreak their havoc on freedom and justice are men such as he and because he is playing into the hands of the moneyed powers that use such fools to their own nefarious ends.

    But then, as Thomas Paine said, “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

  • Calulu

    What a complete load of crap this man is spewing under the guise of being ‘Godly’! The saddest thing to me is that he had tons of followers who will eat this up and act it out in their daily lives. Evermore it looks like Margaret Atwood’s book “The Handmaiden’s Tale” is starting to come true in America. We’re being reduced yet again to brainless uteri.

  • Thanks for posting that youtube video so I could “unlike” it. I noticed most people who bothered to rate it didn’t like it.
    What i don’t understand is how women could go along with that kind of crap!

    thanks for this website, you are awesome.

  • Phatchick

    I went on the web to do some research and I realized that I couldn’t find a single mention of his wife and family (if he has one) . At least he seems to be living down to his own standards by keeping his wimminfolk quiet.

  • Sherril

    There are women in that audience who are not throwing up. The level of female self hatred in that room is so sad.

  • Alice

    What he says, based on your quotes above, should be counted to him as true “Hate Speech”. I am so sorry that I spent years of my life as a believer accepting this subtle and at times blatant substandardisation of women. Jesus loved women and was so kind and inclusive in his dealings with them. From now on that is the only treatment/view of women I will hold, no longer will I believe that we are somehow only to get our value by being subject to men.

  • Lolly

    Hopefully once we’ve let him yell and scream and carry on – because he will carry on – when he calms down, he’ll understand.

  • Flower

    Thanks for watching all this so I don’t have to. I can’t watch Fox News. It causes brain numbness, and then I wake up suddenly, hear the latest idiocy, throw something at the television, which scares my cat. I don’t think I’d be able to watch even a minute hearing this guy utter his appalling, ignorant nonsense on you tube, and seeing women listen respectfully to this garbage would make me sick for days.

    I don’t think he can get elected to anything. Even this guy is too extreme to hold any position of power in a political party that used to make sense.

  • jason55

    Their message is always the same, “I’m sick and dysfunctional, so you must be too.”

  • Jim

    I once heard a definition of blasphemy as “lying about God.” I think that is accurate and I think it describes this man. Rev. Peterson is a blasphemer.

  • Jim

    “it’s all about shameless women, ”

    I thought shame was a feature of fallen nature.

    The woman-hatred in this man’s preachments is so thick you can’t breathe. It is godless and anti-Christian. It’s bad enough, though unsurprising, that his own faith community is not calling him out on this, but other Christian leaders should be condemning him as a heretic, and they are failing. That’s at least as bad.

  • Carmalee W

    Start by contacting your local, state, and national representatives and either thanking them for supporting women, or chewing them out for not supporting women. The more we all keep a close eye on them, the less likely they are to vote to restrict our rights. And that is exactly what they are doing.

    Then start talking about it to friends, and posting on FB and other places, and protesting with others against it, and voting against it!
    Start going to your local political party meetings, whether Republican or Democrat, so that your voice is heard.

    I’ve been doing a lot of learning and growing this year, doing just that. I went to my state capitol on April 28 and marched in protest. It was the first time I’ve ever attended a protest in my life. And it felt SO GOOD.

    I think that over half the reason the Religious Right is getting away with this manure is because they are willing to talk about it, and the center isn’t calling them out on it, or isn’t countering the talking points.

  • Bill Mayes

    My wife has NO SHAME and i’m damn happy about it.

  • Madamoyzelle

    Ha. This young, conservative woman who has such a nice, well-paying job because she thinks she ‘earned’ it is now feeling the heat.

    How cute that she thinks a hater like Hannity will stand up for her. She had better start learning her women’s studies and feminist history and the comebacks for this kind of crap. Otherwise, she’s sunk.

    All the young teen-age and college-girls who say, “Ew! Feminism! Yucky!” are getting a pie in the face.

  • Cheryl Chamberlain Duwe

    I can’t get past the bad grammar. If you’re going to insult women, at least do it with proper english.

  • Bill

    this asshat preacher gets it completly backwards. To the extent that women dont live up to their true potential is because of shame. Shame is considered good by religion specifically because it stops women from becoming more. for example, The stupidity of ‘Oprah’, ‘Steve Harvey’, and ‘The View’ can only exist because women have been shackled by shame and religion. In a world where women reject shame as a valid concept these types of shows which perpetuate stupidity as a virtue could not exist.

  • Bill

    religion makes you stupid and Oprah tells you stupidity is a virtue….that is the real problem

  • Megan

    I am sending this to all my family/friends who still don’t seem to understand that sexism is alive and well. Thank you so much for posting this. I have been reading books about feminism, the status of women, history, etc. for the past two years. This lines right up with everything I have been finding. Scary stuff. The fact that this man is not denounced by conservative “Christian” men who care so much about women and their dignity is sickening and very revealing. Women on the right need to wake up. I understand where they are coming from because I used to be one. It was like I was living in a fog. I could not see the hatred of women unless it was right in my face, and even then I wrote it off as just a fluke. The hatred this “man of God” (how DARE he present himself as a spokesperson for God)spews about women being the source of evil is one of the oldest lies in the book. Goes all the way back to Eve. I am so tired of ignorant, pompous, insecure men with gigantic egos running the church and just about everything else. THAT is why the world is in such trouble if you want to know “Rev.” Peterson.