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A New Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, 10 February 2002 12:00 AM

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the antithesis of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. While both men are regarded as civil rights leaders, their perspectives on civil rights could not be more disparate.

While the Rev. Jackson seeks continual government bounty to solve minority social problems, the Rev. Peterson attempts to resolve these same problems through spiritual enlightenment.

"I realize that things are not going to get better in the black community – and in our country overall – until men turn back to God," the Rev. Peterson said while appearing on my "Listen America" broadcast Friday (10 p.m. EST on cable and satellite channels across the county, including Direct TV satellite on the Daystar network, channel 369).

"Blacks are suffering not due to racism, per se," he said, "but from lack of moral character. Most blacks are suffering because they've been brainwashed, dumbed down and demoralized by people like Jesse Jackson ... and the liberal elite Democratic Party."

As you can imagine, those are not popular words in Democrat circles. This is a man who is boldly confronting the culture in a desperate attempt to touch the hearts and souls of blacks – specifically black men.

The Rev. Peterson heads an organization called BOND – the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. The organization includes a home for boys where young black men are taught to become moral leaders. The Rev. Peterson and his team teach them to love and respect their earthly fathers so they can be used by their heavenly Father.

The Rev. Peterson is also the author of a new book titled "From Rage to Responsibility," in which he recounts his spiritual transformation from an angry young man to a pastor with a vibrant ministry.

It seems almost inevitable that the paths of Jesse Jackson and Jesse Lee Peterson would cross. And cross they did in December ... when all hell broke loose.

At a Dec. 10 public meeting to discuss the awarding of minority- oriented contracts by Toyota, the Rev. Peterson dared to ask if any conservative minorities would receive any of the $700 million that was being bandied about.

The automaker has agreed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to train and hire more minorities, buy from minority companies and work with minority advertisers.

His words were not welcomed by Jesse Jackson and his thugs. The Rev. Peterson was immediately accosted and forced toward an exit. He was pushed around and called horrible names, including "nigger" – all because he does not worship at the feet of Jesse Jackson.

The Rev. Peterson has now filed a civil rights lawsuit, charging that the Rev. Jackson and his associates – including his son Jonathan, television host Judge Gregory Mathis, and others – assaulted and taunted him. The Rev. Peterson charges that Jesse Jackson screamed that he was a "parasite" at the meeting.

The Rev. Peterson is being represented by Larry Klayman, chairman and general counsel of Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes public corruption and abuse. The lawsuit was filed in California state court.

The Rev. Jackson "did nothing to restrain, but actively incited, participated in, egged on, approved and ratified the mob pursuit," the lawsuit alleges.

"Jesse Jackson and his collaborators must be held accountable under the rule of law," stated Klayman.

Indeed, it is high time that new voices within the African-American community begin to be heard. Jesse Jackson has held corporate America hostage for far too long. It is time for serious solutions to civil rights problems, not continuing dollars flowing into the vast pockets of Jesse Jackson and his friends.

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is a voice calling in the wilderness. But like many lonely voices, his is beginning to accumulate an audience. I am committed to helping him and other conservative voices in the black community have their voices heard.

To learn more about this valiant man's organization in Los Angeles, please visit the BOND Web site: http://www.bondinfo.org . Also, to learn more about this lawsuit, please visit the Judicial Watch Web site: http://www.judicialwatch.org.

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