SOUTH CAROLINA — It’s been over a year since Q-Notes reported on a tiny movement calling itself Christian Exodus. At the time, the fledgling organization boasted only five families that it had imported from other states in their effort to turn South Carolina into an “evangelical homeland.”
Their plan to move like-minded individuals to South Carolina en masse, take over the state’s governmental structure by placing key people in various regions to be elected to office and eventually seceding from the United States is still a long way off — but it apparently has shown some growth.
In a story published May 23 in Columbia City Paper the group now claims to have more than 1400 members nationwide, with close to 200 now apparently calling South Carolina home.
According to the article, the first phase of the group’s action plan will begin with the 2008 primary election. They plan to work several local campaigns in 2008 and win a majority of specific county councils by 2009. Reportedly, the group is focusing on six strategic counties: Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, Lexington and Dorchester.
Can they really achieve their goals?
A statement from the organization, which reads as follows, certainly gives you something to think about:
“The time has come for Christian Constitutionalists to protect our liberties in a State like South Carolina by interposing the State’s sovereign authority retained under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If we really mean to return to the Christian principles of constitutional American government, we must start at the local level and accelerate the process through mass migration.”
According to a document known as the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783, which identifies South Carolina as a “free sovereign and independent state,” it is conceivably possible that they could secede.
As reported in Columbia City Paper, the group would ban abortion, divorce, pornography and property taxes. They would institute prayer in school, ignore the science of evolution in the classroom and would ban homosexuality altogether, thus choosing to ignore Lawrence v. Texas and reinitiating the S.C. law against “Buggery” (SC ST SEC 16-15-120), making gay and lesbian sex anywhere, anytime a punishable offense.
Although their plans may seem outrageous and unbelievable, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) certainly believes they are a credible threat. Anderson County Council member Ron Wilson, an individual with direct ties to Christian Exodus, has been listed on SPLC’s “Radical Right: 40 to Watch” list.
More information on the group is available at www.christianexodus.org.