The Statesville Record & Landmark of Statesville, NC, Oct 17, 2005. I saw a segment on this group on the Daily Show awhile back, so this may have already been discussed. I searched and found nothing. --------- GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Fewer than 100 people gathered in the Upstate this weekend to learn about a group that wants to create a government in South Carolina based on the Bible. "Christian Exodus" organizers say they want to have 70,000 people relocated to the state by 2016. With those numbers, like-minded people could take over the government. Movement founder Cory Burnell said at Saturday's meeting that such a new state government could require people to own property before they could vote and determine whether the 14th, 16th and 17th amendments to the U.S. Constitution were "ratified properly, and it not, put them up for proper ratification." Those amendments guarantee voting and civil rights for freed slaves, establish the income tax system and call for popular election of the U.S. Senate. Burnell said he chose South Carolina for the first phase of his movement because there already were many people here likely to agree with his organization's goals. So far, he said, 14 adults and 20 children have relocated to Christian Exodus' two target counties, which he would not identify. "In 2008, we'd like to complete our first phase and what we'd consider a success there is a majority on the county councils and county sheriff," Burnell said. "City council would be a bonus. School boards would be a bonus. If we felt we had enough support, we'd move on to another phase where we'd select another county." Burnell, who lives with his wife and two children in California where he works as a financial advisor, has visited the states three times and spent a total of about two weeks here. Ninety-four people registered for the convention, but only about 50 adults sat in on various meetings at any one time at the suburban hotel, organizers said. Several young families were present, including Troy and Charlotte Perdue from Halifax, Va., who brought their seven children to learn more about the organization. "I learned a lot," Charlotte Perdue said of the speakers. "The basic thing that sticks in my mind is that I've been gypped by the school system." -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wow, only in Jesusland. Are these people for real? Let them have it, and see what happens.