Reconstructionist Speaks in Public School

Christian Reconstructionist and neo-Confederate Michael Peroutka actually spoke to students at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida recently. That’s outrageous, but it’s entirely legal because he was invited by the American Club, an official student group, rather than by the administration (and it wasn’t a school assembly, it was just to that group).

The Institute on the Constitution did not succeed in getting their course on the Constitution in the Springboro (OH) school district but they may have found a way into a public school in Florida. According to posts on the IOTC Facebook page, director of IOTC and League of the South board member Michael Peroutka spoke to the American Club at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, FL…

Spanish River Community High School was in the news back in February when the school principal stopped a presentation by Bradlee Dean, founder of You Can Run But You Can’t Hide. The same club — the American Club — was involved in that Dean was invited by the students in that club to speak at the school. According to World Net Daily, Dean was eventually allowed to give his speech after a letter from Liberty Counsel claiming discrimination was delivered to the school. Jake MacAulay used to work for You Can Run but now works for Michael Peroutka.

Liberty Counsel was actually right. The school cannot discriminate against a student group bringing in an outside speaker because of the speaker’s viewpoint (they could prevent some types of speech content, like profanity). If they could, they would certainly discriminate against Gay-Straight Alliance clubs or a Secular Student Alliance club if they brought in a controversial speaker.

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  • Artor

    Is it just me, or does it seem silly to have an “American Club?” In America? Where everyone but the exchange students are…wait for it…American? Well, I guess Americans gotta stick together when in a hostile, alien environment, like a place of learning.

  • Karen Locke

    Why does the concept of free speech vs. government-sponsored speech seem so difficult for so many school administrators? This is not rocket science.

  • Karen Locke

    Artor, they gotta be careful, they might larn them some real history and civics if they ain’t careful.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “Welcome to the first meeting of the American Club. Everybody here? Good. Meeting adjourned.”

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @modusoperandi:

    “Welcome to the first meeting of the American Club. Everybody here? Ooops, looks like we are missing a bit over 300 million people. Since we don’t have the 40% quorum, Meeting adjourned.”

  • John Pieret

    Crip Dyke @5:

    Ignoring that tongue in your cheek, based on the fact that they invited someone from the League of the South, I seriously doubt they would consider all that many out of the 300 minion to be “Americans.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    John Pieret, jeez, it’s just a pool league. You know, the game where the white ball knocks all the colored (and mixed) balls off the table? No reason.

  • Moggie

    Maybe it’s a fan club for the Rambler American. The convertibles were kinda cute.

  • http://thebronzeblog.wordpress.com/ Bronze Dog

    An “American Club” sounds like a pep rally, but for nationalism instead of the district sports team. Being forced to sit through pep rallies kind of killed my enthusiasm for jingoism. And for funding school sports programs.

  • dobby

    An “American club” sounds like a sandwich.

  • Moggie

    Who speaks to a sandwich?

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    Who speaks to a sandwich?

    What? You don’t thank your sandwich for sacrificing itself for your benefit before eating it? How rude!

  • dogmeat

    Don’t know if they’re affiliated, but this is the national website for a Young Americans club:

    http://www.yaf.org/

    Nasty organization. I checked it out a couple of months ago when we had a 9/11 ceremony at our campus that seemed hyper-nationalistic and troubled a number of members of the staff. After some of the staff expressed their concerns, it turned out it was being promoted by the brand spanking new Young Americans Club. Though I don’t see them now, this website had videos about how students could suppress liberal speech and fight the liberal agenda on their campuses, etc. Peroutka as a guest speaker for a club like this fights right in as far as I’ve ever been able to determine.

  • Dexeron

    Yea, I live in Boca. We’re fortunate that this whole area (really from West Palm Beach south along the coast) is almost like New York Jr from all of the transplants, so it tends to be less uptight about certain things than the other parts of the state. On the other hand… there’s still always the loud minority of god-botherers (who really threw a fit recently after the infamous “Jesus stomp” incident at Florida Atlantic University here in Boca, which if I remember correctly did hit national news.)

    I get annoyed seeing this type of thing in a school, but you’re absolutely right, Ed. If it’s a student led group, there’s more leeway, especially when it’s not a mandatory event.

  • thebookofdave

    Gods dammit! I was hoping Young Americans was a David Bowie tribute band. Thanks for setting me straight, dogmeat. At least I didn’t waste an afternoon trying to buy tickets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    If they could, they would certainly discriminate against Gay-Straight Alliance clubs or a Secular Student Alliance club if they brought in a controversial speaker.

    I’m willing to bet they will anyway.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @16:

    Well, those two organizations are SATANIC, dammit!

  • lorn

    The “American Club” as an entity makes perfect sense. The key point is to remember that while it is spelled “American Club” it is pronounced “[True] American Club”. Those first four letters are silent, but essential to understanding the organization and its intent.

  • freehand

    dobby: An “American club” sounds like a sandwich.

    Baloney and Velveeta on white bread, with iceberg lettuce and mayo. For an extra treat, fry in margarine. Yum! (Don’t forget the toothpicks and colorful curly things on the end for an elegant presentation. And sprigs of parsley.)

  • gertzedek

    You might want to revise that headline to read Christian Reconstructionist, given that Reconstructionist Judaism is a very liberal, mostly nonthestic denomination.