Why I’m Pretty Glad I’m Not (Any Longer) in Dixie

Less because stuff like this happens, than because some day it might work: via XX, a plan to turn South Carolina into a Christian theocratic nation-state:

A Texas group wants conservative Christians to move to South Carolina — 12,000 at a time — to form a biblically inspired government and secede from the United States.

Decrying a national tolerance of abortion and gay marriage, and the teaching of evolution, ChristianExodus.org hopes to achieve a majority of like-minded Christians in the state by 2016, the planned year of secession.

Scholars say the group is symptomatic of an alarming rise of separatist sentiment that is particularly strong in the South.

But local government and Christian leaders are less worried about the group achieving its goal of independence than by the movement’s impact on South Carolina’s image.

“Doesn’t South Carolina have enough problems already?” asked the Rev. Joe Darby, pastor of Morris Brown AME church in Charleston, when told of the group. “Groups with strange opinions and strange beliefs pop up every once in a while. … I would tell these people to re-evaluate their faith and get a life.”

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