Jesse Lee Peterson, an Alabama reverend and the president of The Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, preached a sermon claiming that women gaining the right to vote was the beginning of America's downfall, leading to "evil" leaders being voted in on a "pathway of destruction."
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson's claims also allege that women in today's society "can't handle power," and that allowing them to do so will only further harm America. Needless to say, his radical commentary has sparked outrage among various critics.
"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 said in a 14-minute sermon in March. "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."
Men and women are incised at the commentary, speaking out against Peterson's tirade decisively.
"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," wrote BethanyG90 on RhealityCheck.org.
Because Peterson previously appeared on Fox News' Sean Hannity show— where he was attacked by fellow guest Kirsten Powers for what she called his chauvinistic attitude concerning women's role in society— Fox media mogul Rupert Murdoch tweeted a response, hoping to distance the news station from the reverend.
"Women voting is the best thing in a hundred years," wrote Murdoch Tuesday.
This isn't the first time Rev. Peterson's comments about the American culture have invoked controversy. When discussing his support of former presidential candidate New Gingrich, saying that African-Americans needed to be put back "on the plantation."
"One of the things that I would do is take all black people back to the South and put them on the plantation so they would understand the ethic of working," Peterson told The Huffington Post's Black Voices.. "I'm going to put them all on the plantation. They need a good hard education on what it is to work."
Those outspoken about women's rights and issues continue to lambast Peterson for his narrow viewpoints.
"This guy has masculinity issues for sure," wrote Chelsea Hoffman on News.Gather.com.
"Thanks for sharing, this guy needs to go!" added Renee Nal.
Click below to watch a video of Rev. Peterson's sermon.