South Carolina's at it again
Yes, you read that correctly. Secession. Only if it's not "ugly and bloody, nobody wants that."
They boast 500 members, but only a couple of families have actually moved. The group will hold a conference in Greenville, SC in mid-October.
The Rev. Tony Romo, pastor of South Point Baptist Church in Pelzer, said his church will hold a "leadership meeting" for Christian Exodus on Oct. 16.
"Some people think it's some kind of whacked-out religious invasion. It's not that at all," he said.
"These folks who are moving in, they're not really coming here to take over. They're coming to augment what's here."
Leola Robinson, a member of the Greenville County school board, agrees. She noted that like-minded folks have already moved to the area, just not part of a formal organization.
But history shows it can be dangerous when people organize under the banner of religion to try to impose their political will, she said.
"We're not some backwater town that can be influenced and manipulated to achieve some goal that perhaps even the promoters don't fully understand," she said.
The article quotes the Rev. Tony Beam, director of the Christian Worldview Center at North Greenville College and a radio show host as saying that "Christian conservatives should work within their own communities."
"We still have the ability to effect change by bringing pressure to bear on representatives in Washington," he said. "It's just that we're not vigilant in getting that accomplished, and that's why we're frustrated."
I read that as "we should stay where we are, but... I don't necessarily disagree with this group's action."
Well, for what's worth, Afghanistan's former leaders and Iran's government could give the group some pointers.
As the Real Live Preacher says, when the state and church become enmeshed, it is bad for both of them.
Update: I checked out their website, (I won't link from here, it's in the article)... wow, the graphic and irony of the banner hurts my head.