As the dust settles on last night’s predictable repeat of history, all we can do is stand and watch in awe at the disasters that the ever-more extreme right wing has inflicted on our country. And while one would be hard-pressed to select the most extreme candidate of the bunch, drafting a list of them wouldn’t be hard. Topping anyone’s list, however, would be Michael Peroutka.
Peroutka is a radical Christian Reconstructionist, a Southern secessionist, and has claimed in the past that “so-called civil rights laws” aren’t valid because “there is no such thing as civil rights.” This man, who wound up as the newly elected to the Anne Arundel County Council in Maryland, has claimed that promoting evolution is an “act of disloyalty to America” and said that SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy “hates God” because “he thinks he is God.” Peroutka, not above the querulous paranoia so rampant on the right wing today, cleverly refers to being gay as a “deathstyle” and has claimed in the past that they’re out to “recruit your children.”
Toss in a beheading (or stoning; if he’s a good Reconstructionist, he supports a return to Mosaic law, punishments included) and Maryland voters basically elected the Christian cousin to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
I foresee a recall drive in the very near future.
Peroutka has argued and continues to argue that since state legislatures have passed laws like marriage equality that “violate God’s law,” the Maryland General Assembly isn’t “a valid legislative body” and, therefore, none of the law that it passes are “legally valid and legally enforceable.” It’s very easy for a legislature to violate Peroutka’s view of God’s law, by the way. The government has a very clear purpose: protect God-given rights, enforce and obey God’s law, and not to “house, feed, clothe, educate, or give healthcare . . . [to] ANYBODY!”
The reason the United States isn’t following God’s law, according to Peroutka, is because the Union won the War of Southern Treason. Peroutka is less blunt than I am — what can one expect from an intellectual degenerate? Certainly not gonadal fortitude — and has called it “the War between the States,” saying that people began to look to the government as the foundation for their rights in the aftermath. When the local media began digging into his connections with the League of the South, he resigned from the organization and feigned surprise at the racist material on the group’s website. He did, however, make it clear that he “doesn’t have a problem with the organization.”
If the name “Peroutka” sounds familiar to you, it’s because he’s buddy-buddy with Ken Ham; his organization is the same organization that gave Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, top billing at a recent conference. He also ran for president in 2004 as a nominee for the Constitution Party. Their’s was a match made in Hell; the Constitution Party’s platform says that its goal was to
Institute a Sharia Law-following Theocracy “restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries.” Peroutka became a Republican one year ago, and his Institute on the Constitution has given Tea Party activists training on his Biblical basis of the Constitution.
Anne Arundel County is one of the wealthiest counties in the country, and is home to the state capital of Annapolis. And it’s now got a Neo-Confederate Christofascist Al-Baghdadi sitting on it’s council.