Michael Peroutka, the former Constitution Party candidate for president, is nuts. Not just everyday nuts, but bats in the belfry, howling at the moon whacko. As Right Wing Watch notes, he went on Steve Deace’s radio show and explained the direct link between the North winning the Civil War and same-sex marriage.
Apparently the reason we aren’t following God’s moral code on the issue of marriage or other social issues, according to Peroutka, is because of the Unions victory in the Civil War, or as he called it: “The War Between the States.”
He argued that the South’s defeat opened the door to a “huge black hole of centralized power,” which means that people began looking to the government, rather than God, as the source of their rights.
Peroutka said that “the real effect of the War and the Reconstruction after the war was to take the very foundation of our understanding of our rights away from us, that is to say that they come from God, and put them in the hands of men,” who can then change the meaning of concepts like marriage.
Yeah, you know who else said that? The Southern states that seceded, like Texas:
We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.
That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding states.
Slavery was ordained by God too, commanded in the Bible repeatedly. And when we took away the God-ordained right to own black people, we ushered in an era of immorality and God’s judgment on the nation. Sounds pretty fucking stupid when you say it that way, doesn’t it?