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Theocrats Run for Maryland Office

Fred Clarkson reports at Talk2Action that two longtime neo-Confederate theocrats, Michael Peroutka and David Whitney, have registered to run for spots on a county commission and on the party committees of both Republicans and Democrats in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Peroutka is running as a Republican and Whitney as a Democrat. But their long history of advocating for a theocracy should make anyone very suspicious.

Pastor Whitney has led Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Pasadena, Maryland for more than a decade. His sermons are packed with ideas that can be best described as theocratic and revolutionary. On July 4, 2010, after addressing a Tea Party rally, he declared that we have “the God-given right to secede.” Uncoincidentally, he and Peroutka are both members of the neo-confederate League of the South. Whitney isactive and serves as Chaplain of the Maryland chapter…

Peroutka, who has been a regular speaker at League of the South national conferences for years, was elected to their board of directors in 2013, and pledged “resources” to the group. The League’s website currently features photos of billboards in Florida and Georgia simply reading, “SECEDE.” The billboards are part of a new interstate campaignpromoting Southern Nationalist secession. (The League has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.)..

Whitney is fiercely anti-LGBTQstating that he has defended “God’s Holy institution of marriage by testifying before the State Legislature.” He has also justified the murder of abortion providers, declaring in a 2013 sermon, “…we need to understand that there is such a thing as Biblically justifiable homicide.”…

In a sermon on May 5th 2013 Whitney declared: “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’,” he complained, explaining that, “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.”…

When Whitney says he favors theocracy, he also means (as he wrote in February 2014) that we should “restrict citizenship” to Christians of the right sort: Christians who, whether serving as jurors, government officials or “in the Militia” operate according to “God’s Law.”

These people are very, very dangerous.

Comments

  1. Ellie says

    Ironic, considering Maryland’s history….Catholics and convicts…definitely not the right sort of Christians.

  2. says

    Strange they are pressing the secession angle in Maryland, which was a neutral state in the Civil War and wasn’t a part of the Confederacy. But then again, there is a movement in Western Maryland to split apart from the “liberal” part of Maryland and form a separate state. But that is the opposite side of Maryland from Anne Arundel County, which is southern MD.

  3. jnorris says

    Mr Whitney wants to

    “restrict citizenship” to Christians of the right sort …

    I wonder if his campaign signs and materials list the sects that are the right sort. He should explain at the next press conference.

  4. karmacat says

    Anne Arundel tends to be conservative an republican. However, I don’t think it is quite that type of insane conservative. They did get rid of the recent republican county executive because he violated election laws, used the police to cover him while he was having sex in parking lots, making police officers change his colostomy bag and being a shitty human being. He has also been accused of sexual harassment. Anne Arundel has some of the best public schools in the state so I don’t think parents want anyone messing around with public education

  5. says

    Pastor Whitney has led Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Pasadena, Maryland for more than a decade.

    Evangelical-free church? Sounds OK to me!

  6. Trebuchet says

    …making police officers change his colostomy bag and being a shitty human being.

    (Giggle) I hope you did that on purpose.

  7. eric says

    @2: IIRC, Maryland declared for the union around the outset of the civil war. Different citizens from Maryland joined either army, but I believe more joined the union than the confederates.

  8. bushrat says

    “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 almost like he doesn’t really know what the Bible says…or the Constitution…or what liberty means…or Tyranny. That can’t be right. A ‘good’ God fearing American Evangelical not knowing how his country or religion work just seems too far fetched. Must be one of those Progressive Liberal Communazi spies, I hear they’re everywhere.

  9. Al Dente says

    But doesn’t David Barton say the Constitution was inspired by God? Wouldn’t that make the Constitution “God’s Law”? Or am I trying to be logical about something illogical?

  10. Jordan Genso says

    Re: #2 & #7

    My understanding is that Maryland was close to joining the confederacy, but President Lincoln potentially abused his powers in preventing that, since it would’ve left D.C. surrounded by confederate states. He used much softer tactics in regards to Missouri and Kentucky, but couldn’t risk that approach with Maryland.

  11. JustaTech says

    Re #11: If by “potentially abused his powers” you mean that Lincon had cannons pointed at Baltimore and basically said “Such a nice harbor you’ve got there. Be a shame if something were to happen to it.”, then yes. The Maryland state anthem (which they don’t sing much anymore) has the tune of “O Christmas Tree” and basically says “We hate your guts, Lincon”. Not that I blame him at all, but you really can’t characterize Maryland as a Northern state even if it was Union.

  12. bmiller says

    Well, luckily we have this wonderous League of the South to correct the injustice (gag me).

  13. busterggi says

    “we should “restrict citizenship” to Christians of the right sort”

    I hope he clarifies this – i need to know where this leaves heddle.

  14. Alverant says

    I don’t recall the word “liberty” even being in the bible. It must be near the sections that endorse elections and freedom of expression.

  15. colnago80 says

    Re busterggi @ #14

    Heddle would break out his patented no true Scotsman shtick.

  16. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @15. Alverant : Liberty would be a french word and the Bible was originally written in Hebrew and /or /depending where ya draw the line Greek.

    OTOH, in fairness there is a lot in the Bible / Torah about freedom from slavery fro the Israelites – “Let my people go” etc ..

    Of course there are contradictory verses too as so often the case.

  17. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Think Liberty at least started as French anyhow. Don’t think it was used in english till after being popularised by the French revolution (“libertie, equalitie, fraternitie”) but then I could be mistaken.

    It wouldn’t be the first time. (shrug.)

  18. Crudely Wrott says

    A germ of an idea, just a little seed,
    For the sake of freedom for all and such;
    Change the S to R, that’s not asking much!
    Your god will know why if you simply RECEDE.
    _____
    Something about the meek inheriting the earth and so forth. I think it’s laid out quite plainly in a certain old book.

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