November 2014 Church & State | AU Bulletin

The founder of Answers in Genesis, a creationist Christian ministry, recently headlined an event organized by the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), a group with neo-Confederate connections.

  As reported by evangelical blogger Warren Throckmorton, the IOTC was founded by Michael Peroutka. Peroutka also belongs to the League of the South, which claims that its mission is to preserve “Anglo-Celtic culture” and identifies itself as a “Southern Nationalist organization whose ultimate goal is a free and independent Southern republic.”

Speakers also included the Rev. David Whitney, who pastors Cornerstone Evangelical Church in Pasadena, Md., and has previously stated that only “Disciples of Jesus Christ” should be eligible for U.S. citizenship.

Ham, who accepted Peroutka’s donation of an allosaurus skeleton to his Creation Museum in May, spoke at the Oct. 18 event to promote creationism and the work of Answers in Genesis. The ministry is currently building a Noah’s Ark-themed park in Kentucky; it had been set to receive tax rebates until the state raised concerns over religiously motivated hiring discrimination at the park.