Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Let them go...

This is for real, and quite frankly, I'm all for it....There is a group out there called ChristianExodus (ChristianExodus.org) that is working toward seceding from the union and founding a "christian" nation based on fundamentalist christian ideals. This group is actively working to get "christians" to move to South Carolina in order to create a "christian majority" there that will elect "christians" to local and state offices who will ultimately lead South Carolina to secede from the United States. Their hopes are that such a secession could be accomplished peacefully and constitutionally and that the nation at large would let them leave with peace and good will.

Can I just say that I think this is one of the very best ideas I've heard in a long time. And please don't get me wrong, it isn't that I don't like the state of South Carolina, but if the U.S. had to lose one of its states, South Carolina wouldn't be the worst choice. I mean sure, I'd rather see Alabama or Mississippi go, but South Carolina works. It's a relatively small state (less than 1% of the area of the U.S.) with a relatively small population, many of whom are already conservative christians. This is important, because the one issue with the plan is the relocation of people. Now getting the fundamentalists in shouldn't be a problem, they ought to flock there of their own free will. And lots of people in South Carolina could stay right where they are. But there would have to be the coordination of the relocation of the dwindling minority of reasonable, moderate Americans who still live there. The other 49 states will have to be willing to make homes for those people. We can always house them in the homes vacated by the departing fundamentalists - right? In fact, it seems to me that with a current population of about 4.3 million people, South Carolina stands to gain a whole lot more people than it loses. Thus there ought to be an abundance of housing left vacant when all those good, bible-reading christians move to their new home.

If we can get 5 or 6 million of the most conservative christians in this country to move to South Carolina and send them off with a big party, then that new "christian" nation will be off to a real good start, and the rest of the country can breath a big sigh of relief and get back to the job of creating a nation based on the ideals of our founding fathers and real "freedom and justice for all".

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