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South Carolina pastors shun Christian Exodus movement

The Palmetto State is the home of the Christian Exodus movement. Its mission: is an association of Christians who no longer wish to live under the unjust usurpation of powers by the federal government, and therefore resolves to formally disassociate itself from this tyrannical authority, and return to the model of governance of a constitutional republic. We seek a republican government constrained by constitutionally delegated powers. If this cannot be achieved within the United States, then we believe a peaceful withdrawal from the union to be the last available remedy.

Christian Exodus intends to move thousands of believers from other states to SC in phases (groupings of 12,000), picking specific districts to populate that will give them enough critical mass to elect their own.

This threat of secession from the U.S. to form a “Christian” nation isn’t gaining a lot of traction with reality-based actual Christian pastors in South Carolina. Read after the flip.(The State):

Tom Ritchie, pastor at Young Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, said he has difficulty finding Scripture that suggests Christians should take over government.

“I think it’s pretty tragic and pretty frightening stuff,” Ritchie said. “If the people of Anderson allow it to happen, we probably get what we deserve.”

Some are worried about Christian Exodus’ suggestion that the church should use the power of the state to enforce biblical morality, said Dan Olinger, a professor in the seminary at Bob Jones University in Greenville.

“We want to be good citizens and participants, but we’re not really interested in using the iron fist of the law to compel people to everything Christians should do,” Olinger said.

Bob Marcaurelle, interim pastor at Mountain Springs Baptist Church in Piedmont, said the Middle Ages were proof enough that Christian ruling groups are almost always corrupted by power. “When Christianity becomes the government, the question is whose Christianity?” Marcaurelle asked.

According to the CE founder Cory Burnell, only 15 families have moved in, with another dozen slated to relocate. What a massive success that is so far!

As you might imagine, homosexuality will have no place in the new country, and adultery seems to be on the chopping block as well, so there won’t be any residents straying in the new social paradise. recognizes that homosexuality is an unhealthy, unsafe, detrimental behavior that affects all citizens in a community, not just the participants. Additionally, sexual conduct outside the bonds of marriage is not a God-given right. Therefore, homosexual activity is a behavior that a state may regulate and legislate against.

Do you see a little loophole in there for het adultery, or am I seeing things?

If they secede and put up a fence to keep the homos out, folks in North Carolina and Georgia should open up liquor stores, bars, gay bars and “gentleman’s clubs” and watch the money roll in as the imbibing Saturday night Exodus crowd ventures outside of the “country’s” borders to cut loose before driving back to a Sunday service back in the homeland.

Imagine it though — the logistics would be interesting…
* Would we have Homeland Security frisk these folks every time they attempted to leave the sovreign nation’s borders?
* How would they purge the state of LGBT folks? Would we do a fundie-exchange-for-a-homo program?
* What, pray tell, would be their economic engine to support their own infrastructure? The fall to the levels of a Third World economy would be swift.

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