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Michigan Gets ‘American’ Club

Warren Throckmorton reports that Christian Reconstructionist Michael Peroutka has succeeded in setting up a couple of “American Clubs” in Michigan, one in a high school in Hudsonville and one at Calvin College. Peroutka’s badly misnamed Institute on the Constitution has pictures on their Facebook page of him speaking at the high school.

Peroutka tells the students that the American view is based on a biblical view of law and government. He then sets up a straw man by contrasting what he considers to be the biblical view with the pagan view of law and government. He says you can call it socialist or communist, but it is the view which is marked by teaching evolution. He says this kind of government will give you health care, retirement and “put an RFID chip in your wrist to, we want to know where you are all the time.” The contrast drawn by Peroutka is apparently designed to scare the kids into buying into his Christian reconstructionist view of government. They look a little bored so maybe very little of the stuff is getting through.

About two weeks ago, I wrote about how Liberty University’s Liberty Counsel plans to defend the IOTC’s American clubs in public schools. It seems clear from a review of the IOTC Facebook page that Peroutka and staff are serious about starting these clubs in local schools.

There’s nothing that can be done legally to prevent this. The Equal Access Act guarantees their right to create such clubs, just as it protects the right to create groups like Gay Straight Alliances. But it’s a very unhealthy thing and needs to be countered aggressively.

Comments

  1. says

    Umm… the Biblical view of law includes the death penalty for thinking or saying the wrong things. It sounds like all he is doing is picking concepts his likes and labeling them “Biblical,” even though they’re demonstrably anything but, while picking concepts he doesn’t like and labeling them “pagan.”

  2. dhall says

    Are these supposed to be chapters of student run organizations, formed and maintained by students, at least superficially? And therefore Peroutka is a sort of guest, invited to speak by the club? If so, it still seems remarkable that the school would compel its student body to attend the speech, if that’s what happened. That would seem to come close to violating the rights of the high school students not to be forced to listen to what sounds like primarily a religious speech, even if it includes politics. If I was a parent, and my kids were attending a public school in which they were compelled to attend this guy’s speech, I’d be mighty angry. If I was a science teacher or civics teacher at that same school, I’d probably spend the next several classes clearing away the misinformation the best I could as well.

  3. raven says

    This is just a bunch of lies strung together, and not very good lies inasmuch as they can be checked in a few minutes on Google.

    Peroutka tells the students that the American view is based on a biblical view of law and government.

    It’s not at all. Democracy isn’t mentioned in the bible but obedience to kings and emperors is.

    He then sets up a straw man by contrasting what he considers to be the biblical view with the pagan view of law and government. He says you can call it socialist or communist, but it is the view which is marked by teaching evolution.

    We aren’t socialist or commies. And the commies went with Lysenkoism not evolution and ended up with dysfunctional biology and agriculture that killed maybe 30 million people in famines.

    And evoluton is a theory of biology. It has nothing to do with the bible, religion, paganism, socialism, communism, law, or government.

    He says this kind of government will give you health care, retirement

    In our dreams. Social Security and Medicare are successful programs and very popular even among rightwing nuts. And they aren’t given by the governments. They are paid for by the taxpayers as insurance type schemes.

    and “put an RFID chip in your wrist to, we want to know where you are all the time.”

    Which hasn’t happened and there are no plans to do so. This is simply a fear mongering lie.

  4. says

    I don’t thin Peroutka knows how RFID chips work. My dog has one implanted in her neck. It doesn’t enable me to know where she is at all times. It just means if someone waves a special scanner over her, my name and address will come up. He seems to think they work like a GPS device, constantly sending out signals that can track your location. RFID chips are passive devices.

  5. raven says

    even though they’re demonstrably anything but, while picking concepts he doesn’t like and labeling them “pagan.”

    As a sometimes Pagan, that isn’t going to work for me.

    I find something being labeled as “xian” far more insulting. And thanks to Peroutka, the ugly minded, lying Xian Dominionist, so do millions of other people.

  6. Chris J says

    d.c.wilson, exactly.

    Also, the government isn’t the one leading the charge in constant monitoring, really. The “RFID chip” is in your Apple-brand smart phone, and your information is on Facebook being sold to advertisement agencies and only tapped into by the government at the end of the day.

    In the dystopic future these wingnuts always seem to be desperately afraid of, its the job creators who lay the groundwork for constant monitoring and control. Yet for some reason they want to give more and more power to the corporations.

  7. raven says

    I don’t think Peroutka knows how RFID chips work. My dog has one implanted …

    He doesn’t. My cat has one too.

    RFID chips reflect back an electromagnetic signal. And they have a very short range at which they work.

    PS Peroutka ran for president last election for the misleadingly named Constitution party. And got .09% of the vote. He is just a lunatic fringer who few take seriously.

  8. Donnie says

    Some students need to step up and organize a “Founding Father’s Club” where the true history of the founding of America is discussed including the Federalist papers and the religious views of the Founding Father’s and their inspiration from the Enlightenment Era.

    The best counter to the ‘America’ club? Truth, knowledge, and sunlight.

  9. Chiroptera says

    Maybe some students can start a “Holy Shit, Those Guys Are Lying Assholes” Club?

  10. Alverant says

    And yet Atheist clubs in schools are blocked. I sense a double standard here.

  11. Doug Little says

    put an RFID chip in your wrist to, we want to know where you are all the time.

    An RFID chip ain’t gonna be able to do that they would already need to be standing near you to read the chip in the first place thus they already knew where you were regardless of the chip.

  12. Doug Little says

    Secondly, I welcome the RFID chip tech, I could finally get rid of my wallet and keys.

  13. says

    Doug Little “Secondly, I welcome the RFID chip tech, I could finally get rid of my wallet and keys.”
    I try to avoid putting important data on things that are not-all-that-secure-in-general and can’t be turned off implanted in my body.

  14. LightningRose says

    “Secondly, I welcome the RFID chip tech, I could finally get rid of my wallet and keys.”

    Then the muggers would just lop off your arm at the elbow.

  15. Kermit Freehand says

    raven: Which hasn’t happened and there are no plans to do so. This is simply a fear mongering lie.
    .
    Dog chips and such don’t have GPS built into them, unlike my smartphone. They have the capability to track any cell phone that’s turned on, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the new phones don’t even have to be on. OF course, most ot these loons don’t understand the technology, and have delusion models explaining the government and big business, so they will never understand how to counter or track these processes.

  16. raven says

    Dog chips and such don’t have GPS built into them, unlike my smartphone. They have the capability to track any cell phone that’s turned on, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the new phones don’t even have to be on.

    Wrap your cell phone in tinfoil. It acts as a faraday cage and EM signals can’t get in or out.

    For that matter tinfoil will block a RFID chip.

    See, while aren’t wizards at technology, they do understand the important parts. Like why a Tinfoil Hat is quite useful in thwarting THEM. Whoever Them are these days.

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