Will Catholic Conference, Knights of Columbus, renounce racist donor?

Well, that’s a bit awkward for the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Knights of Columbus, two of the key groups behind the anti-gay marriage campaign in Maryland that attempted, and failed, to stop gay couples from getting the right to marry in that state.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, the third largest individual donor to the Maryland Marriage Alliance, a $10,000 donor by the name of Michael Peroutka, who is, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “a member of the neo-secessionist League of the South, a hate group that opposes racial intermarriage and says slavery was ‘God-ordained.’ ”

SPLC explains more about the League of the South:

The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite.

And here’s a bit more:

“Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?”
— Jack Kershaw, League of the South board member, 1998


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Well, that’s sure to be awkward, even for a church that aids and abets pedophilia.  Especially since the gay-hating religious right has been trying to place the race card of late, and losing (marriage equality passed in Maryland on November 6).

Specifically implicated in this are the Marland Catholic Conference and the Knights of Columbus, both of which took a lead role in founding and funding the Maryland Marriage Alliance, according to HRC:

The Roman Catholic Church, along with the Knights of Columbus, contributed almost $425,000 this year to defeat ballot Question 6, with NOM donating $1.2 million.

Let’s hear a little bit more about the third biggest donor to the Maryland Catholic Conference’s and the Knights of Columbus’ failed campaign in Maryland, from HRC:

Peroutka was a featured speaker at the League of the South’s national conference this past July, as he was in 2004, 2008, and 2010. According to the SPLC, the League of the South “believes the ‘godly’ nation it wants to form should be run by an ‘Anglo-Celtic’ (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities.” The organization says that its relentless pursuit of white supremacy is “healthy and Biblical.”

League of the South President Michael Hill has written that white people possess a “God-ordained superiority” and that African Americans “have never created anything approximating a civilization.” Its Florida chapter chairman, Michael Tubbs, is, according to the SPLC, a convicted “Aryan” terrorist who amassed a stockpile of weapons and explosives along with a list of targets including businesses owned by Jews and blacks.

Well, that sure is awkward.

But I’m sure the Catholic Conference, the Knights of Columbus and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the lead religious right anti-“gay marriage” group, will all be denouncing Petrouka, and returning his $10,000 donation any moment now.

We’re waiting.

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16 Responses to “Will Catholic Conference, Knights of Columbus, renounce racist donor?”

  1. fritzrth says:

    Actually, the topic under discussion in this post was not “gay marriage”; it was the acceptance of funds and support by two Catholic groups (The Knights of Columbus and the Maryland Catholic Alliance who purport to be arbiters of and authorities in the matter of morality}, from a man who is a known racist and affiliate of a white supremacist group known to promote violence. The fact that these two groups were supporters of anti-gay-marriage efforts is a side issue in this post and only serves as an example to highlight their self-righteous hypocrisy.

  2. catdance says:

    The K of C give back money?!? hahahahaha. Nah, they’ll just keep showing up in drag with swords and medals at my mother’s church to wring even more money (that she can ill-afford) out of her.

  3. Kenneth C. Fingeret says:

    Hello nicho,

    Are you referring to Benny the RAT?

  4. Dakotahgeo says:

    God-forsaken anti-everything hate groups need to be exterminated! Where’s the Orkin Man when you need him/her???

  5. karmanot says:

    Yes that true, and thus makes him a perfect Catholic candidate for Sainthood. Apparently, it’s close now; the church has to confirm that a nun in Poland has been cured of a migraine without Aspirin.

  6. karmanot says:

    They are the Shriner clowns of Catholicism.

  7. karmanot says:

    Thank you, I now feel duly finger wagged.

  8. Your claim would be true if the point weren’t that bigots of a feather flock together. As such the argument is not fallacious.

  9. Amber117 says:

    These racist Republicons know no shame, they’ll take money from anybody just to propel their biggoted agenda. http://www.ficksitall.blogspot.com

  10. When a group is as holier-than-thou as the Catholic prelates, one should expect no admission of guilt. Their perverted view of sex, which includes a so-called mortal sin of masturbation, will stand forever. It’s amzazing that someone finally convinced them that Galileo was right!

  11. James Wann says:

    “A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue. The basic idea is to “win” an argument by leading attention away from the argument and to another topic. This sort of “reasoning” has the following form:

    Topic A is under discussion. (Gay marriage)
    Topic B is introduced under the guise of being relevant to topic A (when topic B is actually not relevant to topic A). (A racist donated to a parted against gay marriage)
    Topic A is abandoned. (We are not discussing gay marriage, we are discussing the people involved in political parties)

    This sort of “reasoning” is fallacious because merely changing the topic of discussion hardly counts as an argument against a claim.”

  12. BeccaM says:

    Should be clear here: The Knights of Columbus, although not directly affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, was nevertheless founded by a Catholic priest and its basic philosophies are all derived from Catholic teachings.

    They were instrumental in breaking the all between Church and State with their insistence on putting ‘In God We Trust’ on our money and “One Nation Under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance in the 50s. In addition to opposing same-sex marriage equality, they also oppose women’s reproductive freedoms.

    Its membership is limited to Catholic men over the age of 18. No women. No non-Catholics.

  13. MikeDoughney says:

    Note also that this characteristically insane Catholic (Michael Peroutka) was a US Presidential candidate with the Constitution Party (formerly U.S. Taxpayers Party) in 2004. He allegedly has since split with the party. See the Wikipedia entry for him.

    He and his brother Stephen have long been anti-abortion advocates in Maryland. They operate something called “Institute on the Constitution” which is about as loony as you might think it is. They’re also partners in a law firm in Pasadena, Maryland, which has been the center, if not the mailing address, of most of the activity opposing gay rights and marriage in Maryland.

  14. nicho says:

    Come on. John Paul II was a Nazi, as is Razi the Nazi.

  15. jsb says:

    I hope you’re not holding your breath for that refund.

  16. A_nonymoose says:

    Considering how the Catholic Church played footsy with the Nazis during WWII (and I realize that some arguments could be made about extenuating circumstances), I would say, no, they won’t renounce them. Maybe I’m just cynical.

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