Darwin Day in South Carolina

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There are a number of Darwin Day events going on in the Palmetto State, both today and throughout the week. You can go to the South Carolinians for Science Education website for a complete run-down of the events and links to the individual flyers. Events will be held at Furman, the College of Charleston, and Clemson. Kenneth Miller will also be speaking in Clemson next Monday.

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Dr. Miller’s lecture couldn’t have come at a better time. Lately my county has been in the news, as Christian Exodus is targeting it for the voter migration phase of their wacky separatist plot. They figure that a combination of the very conservative politics of the area plus the state’s history of trying to secede will work in their favor when they attempt to stuff the place with their nutcases. Eventually they want to move enough crazies here to hijack the local governments, establish a theocracy, and ultimately secede from the Union. Fortunately the response from local conservatives and pastors has been less than ecstatic. Even the faculty of Bob Jones University has been wary of them, and Ron G. Wilson (who received very public praise from the group) has wanted to distance himself from them. Unfortunately that last part isn’t saying much, since he’s also tried to distance himself from his own previous business, selling textbooks for homeschooling that included the notoriously antisemitic Barbarians at the Gate and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Wheels: Which county are you in? Please don’t say Pickens.

I get a real kick out of the Christian Exodus movement. They don’t seem to understand the irony of moving to someone else’s state in order to exercise their right to be free from outside influence. Nor do they seem to realize that the last time South Carolina tried to secede from the union, it ended badly.

They don’t seem to understand the irony of moving to someone else’s state in order to exercise their right to be free from outside influence.

Reminds me of that other Puritan group back in 1620.

Anderson, actually. It’s been featured in the Independent-Mail for a few days now. Sunday’s edition printed the response from local pastors and a BJ University professor. I was a bit upset that the first article on the subject didn’t mention their secessionist aims, but that wasn’t omitted from subsequent coverage (probably because of the negative reaction to the group’s incursion). Tremendous irony seems to be a shared facet of the zealous.

Wheels - have you ever checked out the xian xodus forum?

You can very quickly see there would be NO point in even attempting to debunk any of their illusions.

still, It’s quite a hoot to read the posts there from time to time.

Wouldn’t that be like trying to make a valid point on Uncommon Descent? I get my daily fix of futile arguments on another forum, thanks. With more than six million registered users, a goodly number of them turn out to be anti-evolution. There’s a constant source of Creationists or other political nut cases to poke with a stick. I’ve even been known to change a few minds while doing so. Just goes to show that you have to pick your battlefield.

Wouldn’t that be like trying to make a valid point on Uncommon Descent?

oh, far worse, believe it or not.

these are the guys that think ID is too “liberal”.

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