Michael Peroutka, a Maryland-based lawyer who was the Constitution Party's candidate for president in 2004, says that Americans cannot believe in evolution if they truly love their country.
In 2011 video uncovered by Right Wing Watch on Thursday, the co-founder of the Institute on the Constitution asserts that "evolutionary thinking is dangerous and anti-American."
"American political philosophy is based on the belief that the world was created by God in six days, and that this creation event occurred about 6,000 years ago," he explains, adding that news reports describing the Earth as millions of years old were either ignorant or "anti-American."
"What I'm saying is that the promotion of evolution is an act of disloyalty to America... What I'm saying is there's no way you can support or believe evolution and sing 'God Bless America' during the 7th inning stretch!"
As the Constitution Party nominee in 2004, Peroutka ran as the "the home-school candidate." In 2013, he was elected League of the South Board of Directors, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has listed as a neo-Confederate hate group since 2000.