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.