Well this is fun. This nice fellow is Michael Peroutka, the founder of the “Institute on the Constitution” and a former presidential candidate of the Constitution Party. He sure does love him some Constitution! He’s also a member of the neo-Confederate League of the South and a good old white supremacist, too. And he has some interesting thoughts about science and Americanism, too, as we see in this video from Right Wing Watch — the lecture is from 2011, but they just discovered it while doing other research, and had to share it with the world. And golly, it’s some bracing stuff! You see, kids, Mr. Peroutka has discovered that basic political philosophy of the United States, as expressed in documents by the Founding Fathers, is grounded in the obvious Science Fact that
“creation occurred about 6000 years ago. So the whole idea of evolution and that the Earth is…millions and millions of years old is absolutely antithetical to America …
“What I am saying is that the promotion of evolution is an act of disloyalty to America… What I’m saying is that there is no way you could promote or believe in evolution and sing ‘God Bless America’ during the 7th inning stretch.”
How is it that we had never heard of this Michael Peroutka before? We see that Yr Wonkette has mentioned him just once, in 2007, when he endorsed Ron Paul because he approved of Dr. Paul’s adherence to the Biblical principle that “it is not the role of God-ordained civil government, at any level, to feed, house, clothe or educate anybody.”
He seems nice.
Just to clarify that whole thought about Creationism and Americanism a bit further, Peroutka does some heavy-duty ‘splainin of the Declaration of Independence. You see, when Thomas Jefferson wrote that “all men are created equal,” what he obviously meant was that
“There exists a creator God. He is the God of the Bible. He is not Allah, nor any of the Hindu deities, nor is he the God that is in the wind or in the trees or some other impersonal force. He created us. We did not evolve from apes or slimy, swampy things.”
This is really pretty obvious when you think about it, because who ever heard of slimy swampy things voting, at least outside of Florida or Louisiana?
When it comes right down to it, if you don’t believe that God literally breathed life into Adam, you do not believe in America:
“You either believe in Creation, by which you have rights that government is designed to protect, or you believe that all men are slime, and that you have no rights at all.
“All men are created equal, they are not evolved equal, get it? So evolution is anti-American.”
Right Wing Watch also notes that this lecture is part of an exciting lecture series “that you can pay money to subscribe to” — we almost get the impression that they find that a dubious prospect. We don’t know about that — for only $49, you can see a whole bunch of lectures, about 2/3 of which seem to be about why owning guns is both patriotic and exactly what God wants you to do.
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