By Matt Harrelson
Michael Anthony Peroutka, a former presidential candidate and co-founder of Institute on the Constitution, will lead a live classroom instructional course at McDonald Baptist Church north of Rockingham.
The course is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 5 at the church, located at 259 McDonald Church Road.
Peroutka is an attorney from Annapolis, Md., and preaches and teaches the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law from the “American view.”
Peroutka said there are three rules of law under the American view, and those three are there is a creator or a God, our rights come from him and are not a privilege of the government and the purpose of civil government is to protect those God-given rights.
“That’s what Thomas Jefferson said and that’s what our founding fathers said,” Peroutka expressed. “We like to talk about that view.”
Peroutka believes that Americans as a whole have strayed from that view, and through his presentations and instructions, he thinks that view can be reinvigorated.
“Fifteen or more years ago, I really didn’t know the law that well,” said Peroutka. “In 2000, I began a study group for my own benefit, and it took off and grew. So I began developing materials to study the law and aspects of liberty that our fathers took for granted. We’ve tried to keep the view.”
Peroutka had a stint in politics, he said, which included running for president of the United States.
“You need 54 million votes to become president,” said Peroutka. “We were about 53 million votes shy.”
Since 2004, though, Peroutka has been a professor of sorts, doing tours and trying to get people excited about the material, he said. The materials are used with videos so you can teach it yourself, Peroutka said.
The objectives of the courses are to ensure those that attend will be able to articulate the Biblical purpose of the civil government and understand and identify the American view of law and government, Peroutka said. Those in attendance will also be able to appreciate the importance of the country’s foundations to restoring and maintaining a lawful government and understand the contract enacted by the people and the states which established the federal government through the U.S. Constitution.