Warren Throckmorton reports that Christian Reconstructionist Michael Peroutka has succeeded in setting up a couple of “American Clubs” in Michigan, one in a high school in Hudsonville and one at Calvin College. Peroutka’s badly misnamed Institute on the Constitution has pictures on their Facebook page of him speaking at the high school.
Peroutka tells the students that the American view is based on a biblical view of law and government. He then sets up a straw man by contrasting what he considers to be the biblical view with the pagan view of law and government. He says you can call it socialist or communist, but it is the view which is marked by teaching evolution. He says this kind of government will give you health care, retirement and “put an RFID chip in your wrist to, we want to know where you are all the time.” The contrast drawn by Peroutka is apparently designed to scare the kids into buying into his Christian reconstructionist view of government. They look a little bored so maybe very little of the stuff is getting through.About two weeks ago, I wrote about how Liberty University’s Liberty Counsel plans to defend the IOTC’s American clubs in public schools. It seems clear from a review of the IOTC Facebook page that Peroutka and staff are serious about starting these clubs in local schools.
There’s nothing that can be done legally to prevent this. The Equal Access Act guarantees their right to create such clubs, just as it protects the right to create groups like Gay Straight Alliances. But it’s a very unhealthy thing and needs to be countered aggressively.