Peroutka Explains How the Civil War Led to Gay Marriage

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?

13 comments on this post.
  1. John Pieret:

    Sounds pretty fucking stupid when you say it that way, doesn’t it?

    It sounded pretty fucking stupid in Peroutka’s original.

  2. hrafn:

    The main problem I can see with Peroutka’s novel theory is that Gay Marriage is being introduced at a State level and is being opposed at a Federal level (i.e. DOMA). This appears the exact opposite of his “huge black hole of centralized power” thesis.

  3. matty1:

    He argued that the South’s defeat opened the door to a “huge black hole of centralized power,”

    I see what you did there.

  4. jufulu:

    I blame on the American Revolution against England for causing gay marriage. If we had not defied GOD’S WILL by rejecting GODS earthly representative, the King of England, we wouldn’t being talking about the gheys.

    Don’t get me started on that bastard, Martin Luther, who defied GOD’s Chosen CHURCH.

  5. d.c.wilson:

    “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?”

    I’m not convinced he’d disagree with the idea that slavery was ordained by God.

  6. cptdoom:

    @jufulu #4 – Well, the Revolution did lead to the enshrinement of sin, in the guise of heresy, into our Constitution, and that led directly to Joseph Smith creating the Mormon cult and then redefining marriage as “eternal,” when we know that ‘real” marriage is ’til death they do part.

  7. Abdul Alhazred:

    The direction away from slavery eventually leads to gay marriage.
    I’ll go for that.

    Whatsisface isn’t so crazy after all. He’s just on the wrong side.

  8. John Hinkle:

    Peroutka said that “the real effect of the [Civil] War … was to take … 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.

    Holy smokes that was fast. It only took 150 years. No reasonable person could possibly question the cause and effect relationship.

  9. Childermass:

    Well the Civil War did result in the 14th Amendment. Without it, the case against Prop 8 that was argued today would not exist.

    And if the South won the Civil War, the struggle for civil rights would probably be a half Century or more behind what it is today and thus the argument would be over racial equality and not marriage equality.

    Hey, one might also point out the the World Wars had a pivotal role in expanding civil rights both in the United States and abroad.

  10. dingojack:

    jufulu – I’ve lost track of the issue, how did the national marriage equality vote go in dear old England?
    Dingo

  11. typecaster:

    And if the South won the Civil War, the struggle for civil rights would probably be a half Century or more behind what it is today and thus the argument would be over racial equality and not marriage equality.

    That would be true in the Confederate States, but not in the USA. A Southern victory in the Civil War would only have resulted in the South’s right to secede, not in Southern rule over the North. Who knows what the hot legal battle would be in a Union unburdened by Southern sensibilities for 150 years?

  12. noastronomer:

    Actually I’m with Abdul #7. The same humanity that makes slavery abhorent should also make marriage equality a right. So in a sense Peroutka is right, but not for the reason he gives. Furthermore one logical conclusion from his argument is that we should re-introduce slavery. And that’s just for starters.

    Mike.

  13. jakc:

    Peroutka says this like it’s a bad thing. Just one more reason to be proud the Union won the war.

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