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May 24, 2004
Nuts Look For Their Own Shell in South Carolina

Sooner or later, it is said, everyone gets embarrassed by their friends or family. While it seems like it happens more frequently to our colleagues on the rational Left, we have our own lunatic fringe on the right, and when they get out of the box they can be just as, ah ... entertaining as anything the Left can provide. Today's lesson in right-wing/Christian idiocy comes to us from WorldNet Daily, via Memeorandum, in which a Texas group of Christians propose mass Christian migration to South Carolina and a subsequent secession as a cure for all evil in America:

Calling the approval of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts "the straw that broke the camel's back," a group of Christian activists is in the beginning stages of an effort to have one state secede from the United States to become its own sovereign nation.

"Our Christian republic has declined into a pagan democracy," says Cory Burnell, president of, a non-profit corporation based in Tyler, Texas. "There are some issues people just can't take anymore, and [same-sex marriage] might finally wake up the complacent Christians."

The alternative to living amongst the heathens in a democracy, according to Burnell, is to go off somewhere and create a theologically-based republic where Christianity -- as viewed by Burnell and his associates -- dictates the law. Of course, Burnell and his friends can't just go discover some new territory and establish a Massachussetts colony someplace else, nor do they want to explore abroad to establish their City On The Hill. Instead, the group has decided to use South Carolina, the flashpoint of the Confederacy, as a gathering space for all true Christians and then negotiate a secession from the US:

Burnell, a math teacher and cell-phone dealer, stresses he's not looking for bloody battles that took place in the American Revolution and the Civil War, but is rather seeking a "political divorce."

"It's got to be different today," he says. "It has to be peaceful, brokered." But he admits if the federal government decides to use military force to stop the effort, "Then it can't happen."

I guess that the math teacher can count, as in how many troops he will have in South Carolina as opposed to the rest of the country. This demonstrates, though, the powerlessness that people who perceive themselves as minorities in a diverse democracy experience when they don't get their way, as well as demonstrating exactly how immature some people are about it. They talk about all of the evil that has befallen the country and how they fear that Christianity will soon be banned as "hate speech", while proposing to turn South Carolina into the Christian version of Iran, complete with (one presumes) a perpetual mullahcracy to approve any legislation that the sheeple might be foolish enough to propose.

Way to think things through, Cory. Wake us when the Inquisition starts.

In fact, I don't know which is sillier: Burnell's proposal or the coverage given it. On the other hand, silliness has been in such short supply lately, and Lord knows we could use a laugh, even if it's at the expense of the few of our fellow Christians on the fringe.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 24, 2004 11:46 PM

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