Wednesday, May 9, 2012

For Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Women are Dirty Sluts Who Shouldn't be Allowed to Vote

Peterson has long been a commenter on Fox News.  He in the past has said things like "90% of Black people hate White people".  I have been interviewed on his show, and I can promise you, he can keep up this ridiculous act for over an hour.  In his latest act of stupidity, Peterson is now on a rant against birth control, and women's voting rights.  I wish I could ignore this sell out fool, but because he has such a large audience, it simply is not possible.

transcript below the fold

I want to say goodbye to America; it's over. My America is gone. It's unfortunate but it's over and short of God intervening, I don't see any turn around. I still have hope, I'm not hopeless, but I don't see any turnaround. I realize that one of the primary reasons that it is over for America, is because women are taking over.  Women are taking over - they're in high, so-called powerful positions now.  They're running companies, they're making decisions, and not all, not all, not all, let me say not all - see they're running to give me a funny face now. When I say not all, she's like yeah thank you. But not all, they are a few out there - there are some that are logical women can make sound logical decisions, but must cannot. The unfortunate thing is that they're in powerful positions, they're running businesses and things like that and the one thing I know for sure without a doubt, women cannot handle power. It's not in them to handle power in the right way - they don't know what to do with it.  And secondly, it's not real power anyway, power that the world give you is not power; it's all eagle building.  The true power is all 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.  I realize that men made mistakes in the past but most men did not make mistakes in the past and when men were in charge, things were tougher, you know more solid.  It's not like that anymore.

The one thing that I realise that the world has done to women, is that women have been degraded.  Women are now degraded, they have no shame.  There was a woman from Georgtown University, I know you heard about this story, she testified before a committee, about condoms and birth control and all that kind of stuff. In her testimony she said that women need (and I am paraphrasing because I don't have all her exact words) she said women need to be able to get free birth control, free condoms and things like that. She said that it's not right if women can get any stuff like that, especially if they're in college. She said that women in college spend up to three thousand dollars on condoms, birth control and things like that.

( a women in the audience asks, "per person?")

Per person.  This woman testified about all the sex they're having and all that kind of stuff and it's really about maintaining the freedom to kill babies in the womb. It's about that, 'cause that's how this whole thing got started, the government trying to force the Christian community, the Catholic church to pass out morning after pills and all that.  So, it's really about all that.  But this woman sat there testifying about how much sex they're having out of wedlock, and all of these women into all of this stuff with no shame.  Women would not have done that in the good ole days, there would have been a sense of shame about it.  But she had no shame about it and I am like wow.  Rush Limbaugh called her a slut and she didn't realize that she looked like a slut sitting there making that type of confession.   And I am wondering what happened to women for them think that it is okay to exploit themselves in that way. How did we get to the point where women think that we should pay for them to have sex? How did we get to the point where they won't to force us to buy them birth control? You know, was I sleeping when this was happening? I didn't see this coming; it blows my mind. Most of the time you are too embarrassed to let people know you even use those things, but how did we get to the point where these women are fighting to make us pay for that? They want to have sex out of wedlock, they want to have abortions, they want to do this and that, and they want us to pay for it. I haven't head men asking for support to pay for what they use. It's insane and they use one word to manipulate us.  They say the woman has a right to do it; it's about women. When you say that word woman or women, you have to shut up then. At that point, okay it's the woman.  You know what I'm saying? When I saw that testimony, it just absolutely blew my mind that we had gotten to this point. There's a major discussion in this country about that and no one is rebuking - well there are people who are rebuking it, but no one is saying, "where's your shame woman"?  Why aren't you embarrassed, what happened to you?

It's unfortunate that men are so weak, that they've been so intimidated that they allow these women to just run wild and screw up everything, including their souls and their children. If you speak up about it, Satan got it set up through the women that you're going to be punished in some kind of way. This is why God said, seek for the kingdom of God in his right way and all will be added. Don't worry about you're going to wear, what you're gonna eat, where you're gonna live, or who your friend is. You have gotta be caring more about the truth than anything else and he will take care of you, because knew that the world would have control over these things and then use it to intimidate you, because they don't have good on their side -- so they have to use physical things to control you and if you're not of God -- you will allow your self to be controlled with physical things.  The fear of losing something materially, a friend or a family member, or a house, or a car, or a job and it's happening because Christians are not connecting to truth. Not all of them but most are not connecting to God; they're only Christians in namesake. The fact that these generations of young girls are now all into that and they think it's right - they don't even know that this is being wrong. We're gonna have hell to pay in America. The parents are not going to get away with this. You're gonna suffer for allowing your children to be turned over to the world like that. Don't think you're gonna get away with it - you won't. Nothing good is going to come out of this.

Another big mistake is and I think I may have hit on this already, is to put women in powerful positions, these business and job because they can't handle the stress, they can't handle anything. You walk up to them with an issue, they freak out right away, especially if they can't get the problem resolved right away.  I have seen it happen at airports, banks and the post office. Just one little issue go wrong, they go nuts, they get mad, they get upset, they have no patience because it's not in their nature. They don't have love, they don't have love. Women who know that I'm right, you gotta speak up about this too. You really have to start telling the truth about it. You're gonna have to stand alone in it because you are not going to find a whole bunch of folks who is going to agree with you, but God is with you. He is with you. Satan is having his way, and the way things are going, it's gonna all end in destruction because it's not like good is happening, evil is happening. You know what evil will do to you, when you just allow it do what it wants. This is bad for us what's happening and so many people on the side of good are being intimidated.

I think that one of the greatest mistakes that America made, was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should have never turned that over to women. Her eyebrows went like this (Peterson raises his eyebrows in a mocking gesture). It was a big mistake and I will get your agreements and disagreements in just a minute. Right now 50% of the voting population are women. Did you know that? There are more women voting out there than men, because there are more women than men and these women are voting in the wrong people. They're voting in people who are evil, who agree with them, who are going to take us down this pathway of destruction. This was probably the reason why they didn't allow women to vote when men where men, because men in the good ole days, understood the nature of the woman. They were not afraid to deal with it and they understood that if you let them take over, this is what will happen. I remember when my grandmother would do stupid stuff, and I would talk to my granddad about it he would say, "yeah, your grandma is crazy, that ole woman is just crazy" He would straighten the situation out for us, but you can't go to dad and tell him about mom anymore, 'cause dad is afraid of mama. He won't deal with it.  It's so unfortunate but this is how evil is coming in. It's coming through the woman. I know y'all don't want to hear it, but it's the truth so help me.  If you doubt me, all you have to do is open up your eyes and look around yourself and see it for yourself. It's not hard to see anymore. Look at every place where a woman is in control, now maybe not all, not all, but most, you will see nothing but confusion. There's not good in it all.  This is how homosexuality came to the forefront, now they have this gay marriage thing coming to the forefront and it just blows my mind to see how evil is just working it's way through. I want you to wake up because I think somewhere in the bible it says that we are going to end up hiding behind rocks. That's absolutely true. We're losing our rights to bear arms, freedom of speech - they shut you down from freedom of speech and freedom of speech only means freedom to speak truth. If you're speaking the truth, they're going to shut you down, but if you go along and lie about it, speaking lies, then your freedom is fine - don't worry about your freedom. If you disagree, your freedom of speech, truth speech is being shut down. It's just happening, it looks like it can't be stopped. It's just happening because women are in positions of power. You can look at the homes, you can look at the businesses, you can look at the community, wherever there's women, schools, wherever women are taking over, evil reigns, it's there. 
As you might well imagine, it took me a good deal of time to type out this transcript.  I wanted everyone to be able to see exactly what Peterson was arguing for.  Not only was much of his commentary misogynist, he through in some homophobia for good measure.  This man not only appears on Fox news but he has his own AM radio program with faithful listeners.

Speech like his has a tendency to be thought of as fringe and therefore unimportant but what he is advocating is dangerous, and there are people listening.  Look at the constant attempts to roll back women's reproductive freedom through legislation and attacks on Planned Parenthood.  Just because something has become the law of the land, does not mean that it cannot be repealed.  This is why every single battle is of importance.  Men like Peterson belong in the 1800's and they are determined to ensure that we join him there.

As much as he protests, he is not in the least bit worried about the world going to shit, he is in fear of any perceived loss of male privilege.  It's also important to note that there were women in attendance and not a single person stood up to shout him down. They sat there meekly listening as he derided them, call them sluts and blamed them for the ills of this world.  There is no room to be silent or passive in these conversations.

As I listened to him pontificate, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that there is a war going on against women. We have seen with the rise of the Tea Party that these voices, who we once thought were the fringe, have now gone mainstream.  They are winning elections, they are passing legislation and their ideas are entering the national consciousness.  Not for one moment can anyone afford to take their rights and privileges for granted.

I also think it is worth pointing out to Black women, that while we are fighting for an end to racism, some Black men are busy trying to enslave us.  They have learned that while they may not have racial privilege, that they still have gender privilege.  They believe that the path to power is not equality between all people, but the ability to oppress women in the same vein as White men.  Just because we share a race with them, does not make them our natural allies. Just as White women can be racist, so too can Black men be incredibly sexist.

Finally, you'll note that he couched his statements in religion.  I am no theologian but I recognize bullshit when I see it.  The only thing his argument was missing was, thus sayeth the apostle Paul. His statements are nothing but a manipulation of fear and superstition. It is possible to believe in a good and loving God without internalizing this shit.  I have severed all ties with organized religion but maintained my faith.  If you are sitting in a church and listening to a man of so-called faith preach hate, then you are not hearing God's words.  I urge you to get up and leave. 

I am not going to refute a single word that he said, because I feel that in his space that this would be preaching to the choir.  I only posted this piece as a warning to those who seem to think that silence in the face of this kind of hatred is an acceptable response, and to those that believe that these extreme changes cannot happen.  When I was a teenage girl, I read The Handmaid's Tale and never before in my life has the world seemed closer to such a future than today. Peterson may have qualified his speech by attempting not to speak in universals, but you better believe that he was addressing every single woman who believes that she has the right to personal autonomy and to earn a living in this world. His beliefs are not fringe beliefs, and there are far more who are in agreement with him than we even dare to acknowledge.