Peroutka Upset that Maryland Didn’t Secede From Union

Peroutka Upset that Maryland Didn’t Secede From Union February 19, 2015

Last year Michael Peroutka, the Christian Reconstructionist who ran for president for the Constitution Party in 2004 (a spot offered first to Roy Moore, but he turned it down), gave a speech that year in which he said that he was still upset that his home state of Maryland did not secede from the union before the Civil War.

In the speech, Peroutka tried to appeal to the neo-Confederate group by reminding them that his home state of Maryland “was below the Mason-Dixon line.” Referring to the 1861 arrest of pro-Confederate members of the Maryland legislature, he added, “And we would have seceded if they hadn’t locked up 51 members of our legislature. And by the way, I’m still angry about that.”

Peroutka went on to boast to the group that his children were carrying on his views, his daughter by refusing to play “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in her school band and his son by referring to the Confederate battle flag as “the American flag.”

He added that his daughter, Elizabeth, who now helps to run the family’s foundation, was known by her peers as “Beth Booth” after John Wilkes Booth.

Even in 2004, Peroutka was extolling Moore, crediting the judge for inspiring him to run for office and boasting that he had Moore’s support because “we believe the same things.”

Yes, they do. They both believe that American democracy should be replaced with a Christian theocracy that would rival the Taliban in its oppression.


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