Neo-Confederate Tweets 'Kill the Jews' After Exposure of League of the South Political Candidates
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Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:34:36 PM EST
Michael Peroutka's introduction at the 2012 League of the South conference was given a hearty cheer by the audience. The loudest applause came when he was described as "honored" by his inclusion as a "hater" in the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch, along with his pastor, League of the South Chaplain David Whitney. (Video after jump.) Peroutka and Whitney are running for office in Anne Arundel County Maryland, one as a Republican and one as a Democrat, as revealed by Frederick Clarkson in articles at Political Research Associates and at Talk2action. Talk2action contributor Jonathan Hutson tweeted links to the articles and a reference to SPLC's mapping of 15 hate groups in Maryland, including the League of the South.  In response he received tweets, also directed to the SPLC, from a member of the Ohio Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).  One read "Kill the Jews" and another called for the SPLC to "return to their Israeli homes."
Clarkson's articles also drew a response from Whitney in the form of a denial that he wants the nation to be a theocracy.  See  Clarkson's response, including the following 2013 quote from Whitney.  
"When you talk to people about God's Law being restored in America, they say, 'Awww, you're some ayatollah. Awww, you want a theocracy.' Well yes, I want obedience to God's Law because that is where liberty comes from. Liberty comes from God's Law. Tyranny comes when God's law is rejected by a society as it has been rejected in our day. Indeed, any law made that contradicts God's Law, what is it? It's not law at all. You could call it unlaw or you could call it, as our founders did, pretended law. But it is not law if it violates God's Law."

Peroutka's appearance at the 2012 League conference was one of many since 2004 when he was the presidential candidate of the Constitution Party. He has also written for League publications and was elected to the organization's national board in 2013. Whitney is the chaplain of the Maryland chapter of the League.  

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The video below is a clip from the introduction of Michael Peroutka's speech at the League's 2012 conference. (The longer video including the introduction and Peroutka's speech is here.)

Maryland may not be at the top of most people's list of bastions of neo-Confederate sentiment. However, a member of the Maryland chapter of the League (which David Whitney serves as chaplain) drew national press attention last year for his white supremacist antics at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC. Maryland League member Matthew Heimbach, and a member of the White Student Union which Heimbach also led, shouted out in defense of slavery and against Martin Luther King, Jr. during a session on conservative outreach to minorities.

 photo heimbachatdexter_zpsf31f4abe.jpg Heimbach was honored with an award at the 2012 League of the South conference, and later celebrated with some of his League members by "flagging" (meaning, taken pictures of themselves with Confederate flags) at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Martin Luther King, Jr. had pastored, and at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Heimbach has since been rejected by the League because of his involvement with neo-Nazis.  

Peroutka founded and leads the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), a training program for which Whitney is the senior instructor.  The courses are advertised as,

Today, many Americans are surprised but delighted to learn that we were founded as a Constitutional Republic of Sovereign States with a central government of purposely limited powers based on Biblical principles. The recovery and application of these principles is necessary for the reclamation of the Republic.

Whitney is also the Maryland delegation chairman in the Southern National Congress.  The SNG includes representatives from the states of the former Confederacy plus Maryland, has been meeting regularly since 2008 and held its sixth session in November 2013.  Whitney is also a signer of the SNG's Southern National Covenant.  I'll write more about the SNG and the other activities of Whitney and Peroutka in my next article on this topic.

The graphic below is a screen grab of the League of the South website on October 21, 2013, showing Michael Peroutka on the board of directors.

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And they don't speak for a majority of southerners, I'd be willing to bet. Nevertheless, their manifesto is scary, and it makes me reconsider living down here.

by phatkhat on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 10:26:16 PM EST
I'm from the South and this makes me sad and angry.  It should certainly not be a reflection on all Southerners.  And it's important to note that some of the most vocal neo-Confederates are not from the South!  

by Rachel Tabachnick on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 07:59:43 PM EST
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I am ashamed to be living in the same state as ProudOhioSCV.  That twitterer needs to look into the mirror to discover where his or her problems come from.

by khughes1963 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 11:50:37 AM EST

...with the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), would the new organization be called IDIOTC?

by eeyore on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 01:45:06 PM EST


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