Christian Exodus

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Christian Exodus
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Founded 2003 by Cory Burnell
Type Christian secessionist organization
Focus Make South Carolina/Idaho secede from United States as Christian Republic
15 families [1] - 1500 individual members[2]

Christian Exodus is a Christian secessionist group. Initially, they attempted to organize a mass movement to South Carolina and later Idaho. Currently, the goal of Christian Exodus has been to pull members together into micro-communities, through social networking, and encouraging its members to live through what it calls 'personal secession'.[3]

Purpose and direction[edit]

The purpose of this group is to gain sufficient political power in a locality so as to leave American society and establish an independent nation with a different culture. (This assumes that American society would voluntarily accept such an action because the group assumes that the collapse of current American society is imminent.) According to their literature, Christian Exodus believes that the United States has strayed from its founding vision.

A statement from their website reads:

History and affiliations[edit]

Christian Exodus was modeled after the Free State Project, a group that aims to relocate 20,000 libertarian activists to New Hampshire. Members of that project promised to relocate within five years of 20,000 others signing a similar pledge. Christian Exodus' founding documents contained language similar to that in the Free State Project's Statement of Intent and Participation Guidelines, but founder Cory Burnell has aimed recruiting at an ideologically different segment of the population. It has announced intentions to move people to selected cities and counties of South Carolina in stages, with each stage timed to influence a particular election cycle. The group has the stated goal of encouraging the relocation of thousands of Christian families. The first city in South Carolina targeted was Anderson, South Carolina.[5] The group claims that some 15 families have relocated. In addition to South Carolina, the group announced in the Fall of 2007 that Christian Exodus supporters would also settle in Gem County, Idaho.[6] Some of their members are also moving to Panama.[7]

Throughout 2004 Christian Exodus worked closely with the Southern nationalist League of the South to build support in South Carolina,[8] but in recent years has distanced itself publicly from the League. A 2006-goal to relocate 12,000 individuals to South Carolina was not met. To date the group claims that only about 15 families have relocated to South Carolina. Founder Cory Burnell still resides in California despite his own earlier efforts to relocate.[1]

In late 2007, the group announced that a separate contingent in Idaho had been founded.[9] According to reports the group is made up of several families already settled in Gem County, Idaho who share the original view of Christian Exodus, but are unwilling to relocate to South Carolina. The group is led by Paul Smith, a former Congressional candidate.[10] In the spring of 2007, Cory Burnell stepped down as head of the organization, citing his inability to find work in South Carolina, and subsequently Keith Humphrey became the Executive Director of the organization.[2]

Christian Exodus and the Constitution Party share a number of members, especially in the former's leadership.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Carey, Liz. "Christian Exodus leader still planning to move to Upstate". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b Carey, Liz. "Christian Exodus leader to step down » Anderson Independent Mail". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  3. ^ Misty Showalter, CNN. "Unplugged Christians living off the grid". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Christian Exodus About Us". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  5. ^ Cenac, Heidi. "Christian Exodus targets Anderson County". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  6. ^ Christian Exodus leader says group expanding to Idaho community
  7. ^ "Latin America". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  8. ^ Group promotes secession from U.S.
  9. ^ "Christian Exodus Newsletter #4" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  10. ^ "Will 'Christian Exodus' move to Southwest Idaho?". 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  11. ^ "Christian Exodus FAQ Political Position". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 

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