Michael Peroutka

North Carolina Republican Senate Candidate Worked For Neo-Confederate Group

Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel isn’t the only Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who has allied with neo-Confederate activists. Warren Throckmorton reports today that Bill Flynn, a radio talk show host seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan in North Carolina, is a close partner of the Institute on the Constitution’s David Whitney and has taught courses through the Institute. Whitney wrote on the group’s website last week:

Our Institute On The Constituion [sic] Host Bill Flynn in Triad region of North Carolina announced his candidacy for the United States Senate race this past Sunday. Bill hosts a morning radio show on WEGO (980 AM). Bill has not only taught our U.S. Constitution course he was my co-host on the Constitutional Cruise, All Aboard America this past March. Bill is a good friend and patriot.

Whitney is the chaplain of the Maryland chapter of the League of the South, a neo-confederate hate group that promotes white nationalism.

Whitney’s bio notes that he also serves as “the Chaplain of the Southern National Congress where he is also the Chairman of the Maryland State Delegation to the Congress.” The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Southern National Congress as “a neo-Confederate group focused exclusively on advancing a new secession through political means.” Two GOP lawmakers in Tennessee were recently slated to appear at a Southern National Congress event.

The head of the Institute On The Constitution is Michael Peroutka, aLeague of the South board member. Peroutka has denounced the Union victory in the Civil War, attacked civil rights laws, demanded the prosecution of women who have abortions and warned that nondiscrimination legislation would force people to be gay.

“You may also tell them that I am proud to be a member of League of the South,” Peroutka said during his campaign for president in 2004. “I look forward to receiving the support not only from guys with Confederate flags in their trucks, but also those with the Southern Cross in their heart.”

The Institute on the Constitution regularly attacks Abraham Lincoln as a “murderous tyrant” who should be “on trial for war crimes.”

But don’t think this GOP candidate’s close relationship with the Institute On The Constitution will trouble all of his fellow Republicans, as McDaniels in Mississippi continued to win support from right-wing groups after his own neo-Confederate links became public.

Paranoia-Rama: This Week In Right-Wing Lunacy - 11/15/13

RWW's Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.

President Obama is up to it again, this time trying to make everyone gay (just like him) and establish a secret army of soldiers posing as doctors...and there is nothing you can do about it because Obama is rigging all the elections. At least, that’s what we have learned this week from the right-wing media. 

5. Military Attacking Christians

Religious Right activists have continued to make dubious and discredited claims about supposed religious persecution in the military as part of an effort to prove that conservative Christians are the real victims of societal discrimination. While appearing on Fox News, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council warned the Obama administration is “on a search-and-destroy mission as it pertains to religious liberty.”

“The military has been homosexualized,” Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber said. “The homosexual agenda has taken over the United States military.” Frank Gaffney alleged that policies ending discrimination against gay and female service members have made Christianity “a career-threatening activity” and as a result “invite war” on America.

4. Gohmert Exposes Obamacare’s Secret Strike Force

The Affordable Care Act included a provision to expand the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which focuses on emergency responses, to include part-time members who would join the affiliated Ready Reserve Corps. But Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who is becoming a regular fixture on Paranoia-Rama, thinks this actually may be a sinister plot by Obama to train doctors with weapons as part of a plan to suppress the American people. This isn’t the first time Gohmert made such an accusation, and even though Gohmert’s claim is completely erroneous, he will probably defend his remarks by insisting that he is just asking the question!

3. The UN Is Coming For Your Kids

“They're coming for your daughters and sons... WHO WANTS OUR DAUGHTERS? WHY DO THEY WANT OUR DAUGHTERS?” That’s how an actual email from Austin Ruse, the head of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, begins. “The sexual radicals have your children, MY CHILDREN, in their crosshairs.” According to Ruse, a United Nations Population Fund report on ways to address adolescent pregnancy is proof that the UN wants to train kids how to masturbate and get abortions. Seriously.

2. ENDA Will Force People To Be Gay

After the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed the US Senate with bipartisan support, Robert Knight took to the Washington Times to argue that ENDA would “repeal the Bible.” Not to be outdone, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver said that ENDA and similar gay rights laws put America on “the road toward a revolution” in order to resist the supposed anti-Christian persecution. But Michael Peroutka really knew about the gay rights end game, predicting that ENDA would ultimately “force” people to be gay.

1. Cuccinelli Won Virginia After All!

The co-founder and managing director of LifeSiteNews, one of Ken Cuccinelli’s favorite websites, claims that Cuccinelli actually won the Virginia gubernatorial election because he won more geographic territory. Steve Jalsevac writes:

Notice that the map seems to be almost solid red. And yet, Ken Cuccinelli somehow very narrowly lost to his Democrat opponent. To me, something smells about this race (not just because of all the red on the map) and I suspect Ken Cuccinelli actually won Virginia, but certain things happened, beyond the betrayal by some Republicans, campaign weaknesses and other reported issues, to ensure that that would not be the official result.



My overwhelming hunch is that the McAuliffe campaign, with the help of traitorous social liberal Republicans, engineered the voting to make sure that Ken Cuccinelli could not win the election no matter how many people voted for him.

Of course, the obvious answer is that Terry McAuliffe dominated more urban areas and that geographic space does not equal population. But Jalsevac, citing zero evidence, thinks the returns are “suspect.” He adds that Cuccinelli’s extreme social agenda made him more likely to win the election against McAuliffe than a more moderate Republican candidate, which he thinks is just another reason Cuccinelli probably won the election.

Now, you may ask, didn’t the party breakdown of the results in Virginia’s counties in the 2013 gubernatorial election look very similar to those in the 2012 presidential election?

Well, Jalsevac has an answer for that too, linking to a 2012 article which says the Democrats rigged the 2012 election too.

Peroutka: ENDA Will Ultimately Force People To Be Gay

Conservative talk show host Steve Deace spent yesterday talking with Michael Peroutka of the Institute on the Constitution, and asked Peroutka what he thought of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which Deace called “the single greatest threat to religious liberty.” After Deace ironically cited the Pilgrims as champions of religious freedom, Peroutka called ENDA an attempt in “federalizing perversion” that is unconstitutional…just like all civil rights laws.

Peroutka is a leader and board member of the white separatist League of the South, so his opposition to civil rights laws come as no surprise.

“Nobody has rights because of the kind of sex they engage in,” Peroutka said, “I would include the so-called civil rights laws are not law, they never should’ve been passed, they’re not law now, they weren’t law then, they aren’t law now because there is no such thing as a civil right.”

Later, Peroutka and Deace talked about the legalization of same-sex marriage in Iowa and its supposed devastating effects on the state.

Peroutka said the gay rights movement’s “full blown agenda” will lead to forced homosexuality: “There is no neutral ground, that’s a lie sold to you just to get you to go along with this particular accommodation or that particular accommodation. There is going to be no place left to stand except, I guess, eventually they are going to force you to engage in the perversion, that’s where this goes.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/24/13

Rep. Stockman Joins White Nationalist-Tied Groups in Effort to Weaken Gun Laws

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has joined two far-right groups led by White Nationalists in filing an amicus brief in a case involving gun crimes. Stockman’s brief in United States v. Abramski seeks to weaken the power of the government to prosecute cases dealing with “straw purchases” of guns and false statements made on required forms for gun purchases.

As Warren Throckmorton first reported, the congressman filed the brief along with Michael Peroutka’s Institute on the Constitution and Gun Owners of America, led by Larry Pratt.

Peroutka is a board member of the white supremacist and secessionist League of the South and denounces the Union’s victory in what he calls the “War Between the States.” He even pledged to use the Institute on the Constitution to aid the League of the South and advance the cause of imposing biblical law.

Pratt’s ties to White Nationalist and anti-Semitic groups are also well documented, and he joined Peroutka at a July 4 event hosted by an anti-Semitic rock band. Pratt also fears that the Obama administration may be building a black paramilitary force that will target straight, Christian white people.

We wonder how a Republican congressman’s decision to team up with White Nationalist-linked groups will mesh with the GOP’s new minority outreach campaign….

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/9/13

How The Union's Victory in the Civil War Led to Gay Marriage

Steve Deace once again hosted far-right activist Michael Peroutka on his radio show to discuss the talk show host’s latest column on same-sex marriage and why we should not “validate relationships western civilization, heavily influenced by Biblical moral teaching, has up until now said for over a thousand years were immoral, destructive, and counter-procreative.” Peroutka explained that “the state has perverted” what “God called marriage,” and if we followed God’s laws then there would be “no way we are ever going to validate homo or sodomite-unmarriage.”

This can’t last, we are killing our own children, we are burying our own country; at some point reality has to set in. I like to use the term ‘reality,’ another term you use in your article you talk about if we can ‘wave a magic wand’ and that’s interesting because that’s an allusion to illusion. But what we really need is a dose of reality, what we need to do is wave reality over this situation and go back to what God called marriage, not what the state has perverted the definition to be but what God called marriage. That’s what we need to return to. There is no way we are ever going to validate homo or sodomite-unmarriage because God defined marriage as between a man and a woman once and forever.

Apparently the reason we aren’t following God’s moral code on the issue of marriage or other social issues, according to Peroutka, is because of the Union's victory in the Civil War, or as he called it: “The War Between the States.”

He argued that the South’s defeat opened the door to a “huge black hole of centralized power,” which means that people began looking to the government, rather than God, as the source of their rights.

Peroutka said that “the real effect of the War and the Reconstruction after the war was to take the very foundation of our understanding of our rights away from us, that is to say that they come from God, and put them in the hands of men,” who can then change the meaning of concepts like marriage.

Somehow we don’t think that this neo-Confederate logic is going to do a lot to help marriage equality opponents rescue their plummeting poll numbers.

Deace: What we’re coming down to here is: What is the law? Who determines it? How do we know that’s the right determination? Who gets to essentially apply and impose their interpretation of where the law comes from and what the law is? And we’re seeing that played out and frankly divisively with the marriage issue.

Peroutka: That’s right. When you ask me a question about this issue or other social issues, I always go back to these two standards: What does God say and what does the Constitution say? I don’t go to what many people, political talking heads, go to: What is politically effective? What does conservatism say? What does the Republican Party say? I go where our founders would’ve gone and where they did in fact go to declare their independence from Great Britain, they said: What does God say about this? And then in this case, what does the constitution say? So those are the standards I’m always going to use, it’s a new issue but it’s the same standard.

Deace: It’s the standard that founded this country, all the way from the Puritans to the people that ratified the Constitution.

Peroutka: And ever since, well there have been a number of watershed events in American history that have taken us away from this view that I’m describing, this American view. One of them was ‘The War Between the States.’ Ever since then there’s been this huge black hole of centralized power that’s formed in Washington D.C. People sometimes talk about ‘The War Between the States’ as being about the issue of slavery, I believe that history is written by the winners, it wasn’t about that at all. What it was about was consolidating power into the hands of a few people.

One of the best ways I’ve ever heard this explained to me was I was at a formal dinner party one time and a number of us at the table, a couple of gentlemen were talking about this issue and one lady piped up and she said, “Now don’t you start talking about that my great-great-granddaddy fought for the state of Illinois.” A gentleman at the table looked at her and said, “Mam, your great-great-granddaddy didn’t fight for Illinois, he fought for Washington D.C., maybe New York City, the banking interests, and by so doing he conquered Illinois, along with South Carolina and Tennessee and Alabama.” It was one of the best ways I think I’ve ever heard it explained because the real effect of the War and the Reconstruction after the war was to take the very foundation of our understanding of our rights away from us, that is to say that they come from God, and put them in the hands of men and say that they come from the Supreme Court or they come from the legislature or they come from the executive.

Anti-Choice Activist Wants State to Prosecute Women Who Have Abortions

Steve Deace yesterday invited Michael Peroutka, the right-wing activist and 2004 third party candidate for president, onto his radio show for a weekly special with him about the Constitution. Marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Peroutka said that the anti-choice movement should begin to use different and more extreme tactics.

After arguing that Roe doesn’t have any impact on the law because it violates the Bible and merely affected “Jane Roe” alone, he said that local officials should begin prosecuting women for murder if they have an abortion.

For forty years now we’ve been wrapped around the axil spinning our wheels and good people, I mean them no disrespect, trying to overturn Roe v. Wade, trying to get a court or get other justices appointed or blah blah blah, that’s not the answer to Roe v. Wade. The answer to Roe v. Wade is for us as a culture and all the state prosecutors and all the local district and state attorneys to recognize that that’s murder and it was not changed in its category from murder by what the Supreme Court said in Roe v. Wade in January 22, 1973, it wasn’t changed a bit. It was murder then, it was murder before then, it is murder now, it always will be murder and it should be prosecuted.

That’s what people like Cal Zastrow and his family, my friend Cal Zatrow, my friend Les Riley and their families in Mississippi are working right now to try to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. That’s the approach that I think needs to be taken but in order for that to be taken we as Americans have to know what law is and what law isn’t.

Cal Zastrow is the co-founder of Personhood USA, which seeks to pass blanket bans on abortion and certain forms of birth control in state constitutions, and Les Riley is the head of Personhood Mississippi and the state’s Constitution party. Like Peroutka, Riley has ties to white supremacist and separatist groups. In 2011, Mississippi voters handily defeated the proposed personhood amendment but now the government is trying to close the state’s sole abortion clinic through regulations.

Thanks to RWW reader Matt for the tip.

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Michael Peroutka Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Monday 06/23/2014, 5:34pm
Chris Moody: Ralph Reed: Those who oppose same-sex marriage can draw lessons from fight against slavery. Warren Throckmorton: Candidates for Maryland County Council Get Blessing of League of the South’s President. Simon Maloy @ Salon: A hack returns: Ed Klein’s new Benghazi bombshell is garbage. Evan McMurry @ Mediaite: Tea Party Group Slams Ingraham: ‘When Did She Become Chris Matthews?’ Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones: This Leading GOP Congressional Candidate Insists We Found Saddam's WMD Program. MORE >
Miranda Blue, Tuesday 06/10/2014, 4:00pm
Two weeks ago, the Creation Museum — the anti-evolution themepark run by the advocacy group Answers in Genesis — received a huge gift: a $1 million dinosaur skeleton meant to help the museum illustrate its belief that dinosaurs were part of the original creation 6,000 years ago and coexisted with humans until well after Noah’s flood. The benefactor that gave the museum Ebenezer the Allosaurus was the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation, a family foundation run by Maryland-based right-wing activists and brothers Michael and Stephen Peroutka and Michael’s daughter... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 05/27/2014, 5:30pm
Allen West just so happened to be seated next to someone on a plane who knew the "ground truth" about what really happened in Benghazi and he told him all about it! Whenever something that the Religious Right supports gets banned from Facebook for violating hate speech standards, they throw a fit and scream "persecution." Todd Starnes is unafraid to ask the hard questions: "Does Google Hate America?" Michael Peroutka donated a dinosaur skeleton worth over a million dollars to the Creation Museum. Finally, "Duck Dynasty's" Phil... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 05/14/2014, 4:20pm
While Peter LaBarbera has complained that he was “forced” to watch rookie defensive end Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend, today conservative activist Michael Peroutka said he got rid of cable in order to avoid seeing “sewer filth” like this. Michael Sam, to the best of my information, is a football player recently drafted by the Saint Louis Rams who, apparently, is publically in violation of Leviticus 18:22. That verse declares homosexual conduct to be an abomination before God. In the very next verse, by the way, God labels bestiality as an abomination as well.... MORE >
Miranda Blue, Thursday 03/20/2014, 3:42pm
Once in a while, in the course of other research, we’ll stumble across something that is a little bit old but is still too good not to post. So it is with this 2011 lecture by Michael Peroutka, founder of the Institute on the Constitution, in which he argues that not only is the theory of evolution “anti-American” but that “the promotion of evolution is an act of disloyalty to America.” Peroutka’s logic seems to depend on the Declaration of Independence’s statement that “all men are created equal,” which he generously “paraphrases... MORE >
Miranda Blue, Thursday 03/20/2014, 10:13am
The Institute on the Constitution’s Michael Peroutka, like Sen. Ted Cruz, will not agree with Sen. Rand Paul’s suggestion that the GOP needs to “agree to disagree” on social issues in order to attract young voters. In fact, Peroutka told radio host Steve Deace yesterday that Paul’s suggestion is “really a formula for total chaos, tyranny and anarchy.” “It’s really an un-American and unbiblical worldview,” he added. “It flies in the face of Americanism.” “Right and wrong is already determined,” he explained.... MORE >
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 4:46pm
Religious Right talk show host Steve Deace has been on a tear recently about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s lack of response to a federal judge’s ruling striking down his state’s ban on marriage equality, and brought Michael Peroutka of the Institute on the Constitution on to his program today to discuss the issue further. The two started off with talking about “freedom to discriminate” bill such as the one being considered in Arizona. “Would Jesus bake a cake for homosexuals wanting to get quote-unquote ‘married’?” Deace asked. “I... MORE >
Miranda Blue, Friday 01/24/2014, 4:44pm
RWW's Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right. This week, we learn that women are to blame for sexual assaults and sex trafficking, take a new look at the Civil Rights Movement, and announce some new medical discoveries. 5. TSA Electric Shock Bracelets, Brain Microchips & High-Speed Rail Leading to Government Control Buzzfeed this week dug up the website for Founder’s Truth, a group formerly led by Greg Brannon, who is now a Republican candidate for Senate from North Carolina. It turns out that Brannon’s group... MORE >