Peroutka Resigns From League of the South

Michael Peroutka, a genuine Christian theocrat now running for a county position as a Republican in Maryland, says he has left the League of the South, a neo-Confederate and pro-secession organization, because he suddenly discovered (wink, wink) that they oppose interracial marriage.

Michael Anthony Peroutka, a Anne Arundel County Council candidate who gained attention for his membership in a Southern secessionist group, said this week he’s no longer a member of the League of the South.

Peroutka, a Millersville Republican, said he left the group prior to Labor Day because he discovered statements members made on the subject of being opposed to interracial marriage were “contrary to my beliefs.” He would not elaborate.

Though his League of the South membership drew criticism during the campaign — “Everybody wants to talk about League of the South all the time,” he said — the decision to quit the group was not politically motivated, Peroutka said.

“I didn’t do it to bring up any political points,” Peroutka said. “I dont have any problem with the organization.”

Peroutka said he still stands by the groups stances on self-government and conserving southern heritage.

As Warren Throckmorton points out, the notion that he just now found out that the League opposes interracial marriage is not credible. In 2012, Peroutka led attendees at a League of the South conference in singing I Wish I Was in Dixie, which he called the real national anthem. At that same conference, League president Michael Hill gave a talk condemning interracial marriage. And this is a group with a long history of blatantly racist rhetoric.

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  • roggg

    White supremacy/white nationalism is mentioned in paragraph 2 of their wikipedia entry. How are card carrying members just finding out now if the rest of us have known all along?

  • karmacat

    From the Baltimore Sun

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-peroutka-20141017-story.html#

    “On Aug. 26, he wrote, “As I watch the unfolding chaos and destruction in Ferguson, Missouri, I can’t help but think that this is the result of man’s sinful desire to make up his own moral laws” as when “government tramples our God-given rights and now pretends to issue what it calls ‘civil rights.'”

  • Artor

    Isn’t Peroutka a founding member of the LotS? How could he possibly not have known what they were all about? Perhaps because he’s a lying shitbag, and he’s only looking for plausible deniability to the Fox News crowd that likes to think they aren’t racists, and won’t bother to look a femtosecond into his history?

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

    roggg “White supremacy/white nationalism is mentioned in paragraph 2 of their wikipedia entry.”

    Well, of course Wikipedia would say that. Out loud. They should use dogwhistles like “self-government” and “conserving southern heritage”, instead.

     

    “How are card carrying members just finding out now if the rest of us have known all along?”

    It’s harder than you’d think. Those cards, for example are all white. The text, too.

  • John Pieret

    he discovered statements members made on the subject of being opposed to interracial marriage

    “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling racism is going on in here*!”

    ________________________________________________________

    * In the voice of the late great Claude Rains

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Uh-oh. Would Peroutka bother to disaffiliate from LotS if he didn’t have a chance of winning his election?

  • bushrat

    Inter-racial marriage was the thing that set him off? As opposed to the secessionist, racist, and neo-fascist inclinations of the group. All that was peachy.

  • busterggi

    Secession is clearly in Peroutka’s genes, he can’t stop seceeding even from fello secessionists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    Maybe he thought that they were saying “biggers” at all of their meetings.

  • AsqJames

    That quote is a little ambiguous though – “he discovered statements members

    made on the subject of being

    opposed to interracial marriage”.

    That could mean he’s discovered some dissent within the ranks and doesn’t want to maintain his association with an impure group.