ANDERSON — The founder of a movement to convince conservative Christians to move to South Carolina so they can take over local politics says he is planning his own move to the Palmetto State this summer.
Cory Burnell, leader of Christian Exodus, said he has found a job and is ready to move his family and operations to Anderson by July.
“We’ve been planning this for a couple of years,” Burnell said. “The move definitely has its pros and cons. We’ll be leaving our families in Southern California, and we already left family in Texas when we moved from there to California. But we have a lot of excitement about the move, my wife and I do.”
His family, which includes his wife and three children, will join more than a dozen other families already living in the South Carolina Upstate. Burnell said he expects another two dozen families in his movement to move to the area by 2008.
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Burnell would not say where he will be working because of privacy concerns.
The group is a political organization, Burnell says, that seeks to limit the power of the federal government. Burnell claims federal oversight of education, health and human services, and housing and urban development violates the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“It’s totally illegal for the federal government to do it,” he said. “Authority for those programs is on the state level. It cannot come out of Washington; it has to come out of Columbia.”
Burnell’s hope in encouraging like-minded families to move to South Carolina is to put up candidates for public office who also think the same way and get them elected.
Burnell has said he picked South Carolina — and the Upstate area in particular — because there already were so many conservative Christians in the area.
Ultimately, according to the group’s Web site, if they cannot constrain the actions of the federal government, “then we believe a peaceful withdrawal from the union to be the last available remedy.”
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