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CofCC member gives the left hell at Springboro, Ohio school board meeting

The radical left-wing campaigned to get the Springboro, Ohio school board to ban local residents from holding a free course on the US constitution on school property. The class would have been free and the instructors were volunteers.

The local NBC affiliate ran an incendiary agitation piece against the class.

Sonny Thomas

Sonny Thomas


A prosperous suburban enclave in southwestern Ohio is apparently some budding hotbed of Southern secessionism.

The latest incident occurred Thursday night when Sonny Thomas, the self-proclaimed president of, addressed a district school board meeting. In his speech, Thomas reportedly defended the League of the South, an openly secessionist group. The fierce foe of the New World Order also climaxed his remarks by defiantly revealing a Confederate flag.

Jason Lewis, a local parent who was also present at the raucous board meeting, described Thomas’s monologue as “odd, stream-of-conscious babbling.”

“He ended his speech by unfurling a Confederate flag and asking, ‘Are you offended?’” Lewis told The Daily Caller.

Thomas also went over his allotted time, Lewis noted.

Like Thomas, Lewis was on the list of prearranged speakers. He spoke, just after Thomas, concerning his dissatisfaction with the board’s handling of a looming teachers strike and a recently cancelled class on the Constitution (see below).

Unlike Thomas, Lewis was later asked to leave the meeting when he later spoke over Kelly Kohls, the board president, reports the Dayton Daily News. Lewis and Kohls sparred over the text used in a history class.

A few weeks ago, The Daily Caller reported on a kerfuffle in Springboro that appeared to be a garden-variety dustup over religion in school. A group of parents had protested because the school district was promoting a voluntary 12-week summer course for students and adults on the U.S. Constitution. Complaints included that the class was “tea party leaning” and overtly religious.

Randy Kleine responds to the controversy…

Thank you for showing me the footage on Cincinnati’s WLWT channel 5 newscast (5pm)regarding the controversy in Springboro where the local public School District sent out an e-mail regarding a public review of a course on the U.S. Constitution produced by an organization called the “Institute on the Constitution” (IOTC). The District was considering allowing the 12 sessions of this course to be presented in the Springboro schools and was seeking direct public review before possible implementation..

The review would cost the District nothing as the facilitators are volunteers and the course materials (cost $35) would be borne by the review participants. While being held on school grounds (as are many, many other activities), the review participants pay taxes to support these facilities and should not be denied legitimate use of them.

The WLWT newscast focused particularly on two parents, Jenny Nijak and David Bowman, who were upset that the IOTC course included a point-of-view that the Constitution derives its foundation from a Christian appreciation of the natural rights of man (outlined in the Declaration of Independence). They argue that the concept of “separation of church and state” precludes any mention in a public school setting explaining the influence of Christianity in the founding of the United States. They seemed to think that the students would be “harmed” by exposure to such information or such a point-of-view.

The Springboro Board of Education member, Jim Rigano, rightly countered that the IOTC course would not be presented as an endorsement of Christian beliefs but would present the IOTC point-of-view as an insight on actual history that would be helpful to students attempting to understand our American heritage. He reminded viewers that this preliminary review would not cost the taxpayers anything and that participation was voluntary.

A well-written but woefully incomplete, biased e-mail

Then comes another parent, Afsoon McClellan, who then attacks the proposed IOTC course on the grounds that the founder of the IOTC, Michael Peroutka, is a board member of an organization called the “League of the South” which (correctly noted by Ms. McClellan) seeks to retain a historic “Christian Anglo-Celtic” (white) culture in the Southern United States and also seeks to retain a “right of secession” in the face of unconstitutional over-reaching by the federal government. During a 51-minute YouTube video of a 2012 League conference cited by Ms. McClellan, in his address Mr. Peroutka argues his case regarding homosexuality, women in combat, evolution, etc. from his understanding of Scriptures in the Bible. Almost comically, Mr. Peroutka brackets his presentation by singing and strumming his guitar (the latter song being the Southern anthem “Dixie”).

Probably Ms. McClellan doesn’t know this, but upon hearing that Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, President Abraham Lincoln asked for “Dixie” to be played. I would hesitate to label Mr. Lincoln as a “racist,” prefering to remember his attitude as “charity for all and malice toward none.”

Ms. McClellan “quotes” a founding member of the League, Jack Kershaw, who reportedly said in 1998 that “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?” I do not know what the context of this statement was. Slavery, of course, is a terrible evil, but was practiced by the Greeks and Romans about whom, I would hope, Ms. McClellan would have the children learn. Due to the fallen nature of man (as taught in the Bible deplored by Ms. McClellan, Ms. Nijak, and Mr. Bowman), slavery was a prominent feature of social organization worldwide until the 19th century, which today is practiced by Muslims (now a “politically-correct” religion) in Africa.

Muslim slave traders supplied many (if not most) of the Africans sent into slavery in the West Indies and the Americas. President Jefferson’s sending the U.S. Marines against the Barbary Pirates was to stop the vicious Muslim slave trade in the Mediterranean Sea where even American citizens were being enslaved. Should children learn about this historical and contemporary practice by Muslims, authorized in the Koran?

Regarding the second half of Mr. Kershaw’s “quote,” even a casual review of recent African history will reveal the horrific atrocities committed by Africans against Africans still occurring throughout Africa. Even in the United States, black-on-black violence far exceeds any suffering today caused by white racists. A form of genocide is occurring where approximately 40% of conceptions of black children are terminated by abortion (a practice the Bible condemns). How do the anti-Bible Ms. McClellan, Ms. Nijak, and Mr. Bowman stand on this “legal” practice?)

Does Ms. McClellan’s “Homework” rate a grade of “F” ?

Ms. McClellan claims to have done her “homework” Not only does she attack Michael Peroutka and the IOTC, but then she infers that another faith-based conservative organization, the National Center for Constitional Studies (NCCS) is of a similar “biased approach.” Ms. McClellan cites as her authority information she has gleaned from the quasi-civil rights defense organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), based in Montgomery, Alabama, founded in 1971 by its chief trial attorney, Morris Dees. Here’s a little information missed by Ms. McClellan during her “homework” from Laird Wilcox (, an American researcher who specializes in the study of political fringe movements, as reported by Pamela Geller on her blog “Atlas Shrugs.”

The American Institute of Philanthropy rates charitable institutions according to several criteria, including percent of income spent on charitable purposes, excess assets, and so on. The SPLC was rated “F” on a scale of A through F. By way of comparison, the ACLU Foundation was rated A- and the Anti-Defamation League was rated B+.

In the June, 1998, issue of The Nation, a left-leaning weekly hardly in sympathy with conservative Christians, writer Alexander Cockburn observed: “Morris Dees has raised an endowment of close to $100 million, with which he has done little, by frightening elderly liberals that the heirs of Adolph Hitler are about to march down Main Street, lynching blacks and putting Jews in ovens. The fundraising of Dees and the richly rewarded efforts of terror mongers like Leonard Zeskind offer a dreadfully distorted view of American political realities.”

See also: John Edgerton, “Poverty Palace: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Got Rich Fighting the Klan,” The Progressive (July, 1988), another left-leaning weekly.

Amazingly, on pages 84-85 of his autobiography, A Season for Justice, Dees writes of his accepting $5000 in 1962 from the Montgomery, Alabama, chapter of the Ku Klux Klan to represent one of their members, Claude Henley.

Ken Silverstein, “The Church of Morris Dees: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Profits From Intolerance,” Harper’s Magazine (November, 2000), pages 54-57 (a mainstream publication).

Morris Dees has been married four times, and in an appellate brief filed by Maureene Bass Dees in an acrimonius 1979 divorce, she alleges numerous infidelities, homosexual behavior, and a sexual interest by Morris Dees in both his adolescent step-daughter and his daughter-in-law.

An excellent YouTube presentation featuring William F. Jasper of The New American magazine based on his article “Protecting Rights: Loyal Americans Targeted by the SPLC” can be found at this link: .

How the SPLC uses the law enforcement community (including federal agencies) to go after imagined “hate groups” is explained by Jim Fitzgerald at the following link: “A Look into the Southern Poverty Law Center,” .

Whatever are his faults, Mr. Peroutka does not share the ones of Mr. Dees.While SPLC publishes training materials used by public schools to teach “tolerance,” you will learn by reviewing these links that the SPLC strictly is intolerant of anything smacking of traditional, especially conservative, Christianity.

I cannot look into the hearts of Ms. McClellan, Ms. Nijak, and Mr. Bowman, but their attack on the IOTC and its course to explain the Constitution from the Christian perspective of most of our nation’s Founders gives me pause. I ask interested parties in the Springboro School District carefully to consider whether to reject the solidly-composed, well-documented IOTC course written and presented by Professor of Law and attorney, John Eidsmoe (also a Lt.Col. in the U.S. Air Force) before succumbing to what I perceive is loud-mouthed, unfair, and unnecessary anti-Christian intimidation by the likes of Ms. McClellan, Ms. Nijak, and Mr. Bowman.

What is my interest in this matter?

I am a conservative Christian whose two sons graduated from public high schools, in 1993 and 1997, and who have both achieved their MBAs, one from Indiana Wesleyan University and the other from the College of William and Mary (Thomas Jefferson’s alma mater). Our younger son is the official in charge of accreditation at Patrick Henry College ( in Purcellville, VA. Education has always been a top priority in our home.My wife and I led two successful political campaigns in 2000 which eventually resulted in four small-size elementary schools in the Milford School District which have been greatly appreciated by the District’s parents and residents. I coordinate and facilitate two courses at the Union Township Civic Center, one on the U.S. Constitution and the other on American Principles, for adults. My Spring class graduated 32. I use materials from the IOTC, the NCCS, and other credible sources and have never seen the slightest hint of racial prejudice or “hate” in any of these materials. My students will tell you that, in the interest of truth, I present the “dark” side of Christianity and American history when appropriate in order to help us learn to govern ourselves better as a free people.

I knew nothing about the League of the South until the Springboro controversy, but I do know quite a bit about the causes of the Civil War and how that war greatly changed the relationship between the federal government and the sovereign States (while the war settled the question of slavery, it left unanswered many dilemmas about State Sovereignty, some of which were dealt with even this week by the Supreme Court regarding the Voting Rights Act).

Ms. McClellan claims that her “outrage” is non-political in nature. How silly! These days everything having to do with public schools is “political,” from the funding, to the content, to the point-of-view (if Ms. McClellan, Ms. Nijak, and Mr. Bowman have their way).Ms. McClellan claims that the job of the Springboro Schools is to teach “tolerance and acceptance” (the banner of her authority, the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center). I disagree. I believe that what students need to learn is:
The mechanics of life-long learning

Principles of successful lives of humility, integrity, honor, and character
How to discern between truth and error and think for themselves
How to admit when one is wrong, asking forgiveness, and making changes
How to stand on one’s own feet, taking care of oneself and one’s loved ones
How to stand one’s ground, even in the face of misfortune, opposition, and unpopularity

I have been in business with my late Dad and brothers since 1973, a business started in 1959 that employs over 20 people. I have learned that while there are many fine, trustworthy, good people all around us, there are also some dishonest and destructive people out there, too, whose behaviors and lifestyles should not be accepted or tolerated. That’s the real world.

My Conclusion: an inclusive, democratic, open-ended approach

Therefore, I believe that young people should have the benefit of education from various points-of-view and that we should not be afraid of new information or disagreement. I am concerned that we are teaching young people to be mere workers, taxpayers, consumers, and soldiers, and that a sanitized, government-sanctioned, politically-correct view of our world (promoted, I fear, by the Gates Foundation-funded “Common Core” standards and curricula) short-changes young people by making them thin-skinned and dependent.

Our nation’s Founders, while not perfect, lived in a real world. They faced a harsh environment with many obstacles, many of which in our comfortable surroundings cannot even imagine. They had many disagreements among themselves, but they valued liberty, opportunity, and diversity of information exchange. Death, danger, starvation, and disease were constant companions, and they learned to commune with and rely on each other and God.I think the IOTC course gives students a glimpse at these realities. Therefore, I ask you to allow the people of your School District to be allowed to give it an honest evaluation.

Thank you, and blessings.