Eagle-eyed JMG readers Gay Old Lady and Alex noticed in my post earlier today that among the “We Stand With Roy Moore” signs at yesterday’s anti-gay rally in Alabama were signs provided by the League Of The South, an SPLC-certified racist hate group. Most prominent in the photos tweeted out by Sanctity of Marriage Alabama was the above sign held by a (hopefully unwitting) black woman.
From the SPLC:
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 that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities. Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.
On President’s Day last week the League Of The South announced that it will hold a celebration on the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. From its leader Michael Hill:
The League of the South looks to the present and future. However, from time to time we do look back at our past. This 14th of April will mark the 150th anniversary of John Wilkes Booth’s execution of the tyrant Abraham Lincoln. The League will, in some form or fashion, celebrate this event. We remember Booth’s diary entry: “Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment.” A century and a half after the fact, The League of the South thanks Mr. Booth for his service to the South and to humanity. Stay tuned, Michael Hill.
Earlier this month Right Wing Watch reported that Roy Moore’s successful return to the Alabama Supreme Court was bankrolled by Michael Peroutka, a former leader of the League of the South.
Peroutka is more than a friend and ideological ally to Moore: he has funded Moore’s activism for more than a decade, and in 2012 bankrolled Moore’s successful campaign for the top seat on the Alabama Supreme Court. After Moore was removed from his original position on Alabama’s high court in 2003 for defying a federal court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building, Peroutka paid for the ousted judge to go on a national speaking tour to build support for his cause. He also funded a group that held rallies in support of Moore. Over the nine years, Peroutka contributed over a quarter of a million dollars to two groups founded by Moore, the Foundation for Moral Law (which is now run by Moore’s wife Kayla) and the now-defunct Coalition to Restore America.
A few days ago the Human Rights Campaign demanded to see Roy Moore’s emails. We can only imagine what those emails could reveal.
UPDATE: Supporters of the League Of The South are participating in the comments thread.