Secession theology runs deep in American religious, political history

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(RNS) Ever since President Obama won re-election, more than 700,000 Americans have petitioned the White House to let their respective states secede. Observers say those leading the charge are framing it in terms that suggest a deep-seated religious impulse for purity-through-separation is flaring up once again. This time, it’s playing out on a political stage. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.

  • txgranny

    I signed one of those petitions as a protest against the scandalous voting fraud surrounding this election. It’s one thing to lose in a fair election; it’s another to lose an election that is so corrupt one would rather live in another country, whether that country is located within the boundaries of the contiguous 48 or in another sovereign country. As a Christian I know this earth is not my real home, however, while I am still in this human body, I would rather live in a nation that doesn’t pretend to be something it is not!

  • WaningGibbous

    Let all these whiney-assed wingnuts congregate in the Republic of Texas and secede all at once. Good riddance.

    Oh – sorry, though, you’ll have to leave your socialist Medicare and Social Security behind.

  • Ted R. Weiland

    Secession will only provide more of the same as long as those leading the movement are doing that “which is right in [their] own eyes.” (Judges 21:25) It’s this very thing that has gotten America in the mess she’s in, beginning with the 1787 Philadelphia cadre of thirty four who established a government of, by, and for the people instead of for Yahweh and who’s Constitution is not only antithetical, but hostile, to Yahweh’s sovereignty and morality in nearly every article and amendment.

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  • Chris

    Ted’s right. His Kingdom/Will On Earth is the only solution.

    Re: Alex Jones. Remember this: With a lot of truth, you can easily float a lie. The end result is deception. That’s why Alex is there; to deceive. Learn to see what you’re looking at.

    Re: ” … to his call for Bible-believing Christians, Orthodox Jews and Messianic Jews to relocate to what he calls the American Redoubt: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, eastern Washington and eastern Oregon.”

    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” 2 Corinthians 6: 14. And most certainly not with anti Christs. 1 John 2: 22-23.

  • Will

    @WaningGibbous – Nice try, but there are tens of thousands of ex-pats currently recieving their Social security and Medicare benefits as they live abroad.
    It’s the law, or are you saying that the legal system should be manipulated?

    They put their money into it, and they get their benefits. The same would hold for people that left for sucession.

  • cher128

    Alan Wolfe is asked to spew his fallacious clap trap about what a conservative thinks. Why?
    He is a Saul Alinsky left wing extremist. One need only read about his ties to “THE” most liberal U.S. colleges and universities, as well as his connection to a marxist publication, to understand which side he champions.

    Is Wolfee the kind of person you want spouting his bilious, one sided, bilge about what a Constitutional Conservative thinks?????
    It is He, and the elitist, intellectual goons he consorts with, that destroyed this nation, and delivered it to its current third world status.
    Does anyone in their right mind think Conservatives actually want to secede?
    No! Secession is on the table because this country has spiraled out of control and with another 4 years with Caligula at the helm, this country is, for all intents and purposes, finished!
    In the future, don’t have this “Wolf” in Trotsky’s clothing bloviating about what a “True” Conservative thinks.
    He can no more understand “Conservative Values” than a cockroach can recite Shakespeare.

  • John Bickerstaff

    By nature a Christian is non-violent. It only makes sense that we would vote with our feet when our vote no longer matters because we have become the minority. This is the reason why we move on rather than fight. Unlike other religions i dont want to kill in the name of God, but i will defend my life, liberty, and my ability to love my God as i see fit. Just my thoughts!

  • Jonathan David

    Wow! Some very serious comments here. I guess I didn’t realize until reading the above article and then the comments made (thus far) that so many people are near hysteria regarding Obama’s re-election. Why? What rights, exactly, have Christians (or members of other faith-religions) lost over the past four years? How has (in the words of one respondent) our “life, liberty and … ability to love God” been taken away or compromised? Besides, are there not still representatives in Congress? Are there not still state legislatures, local governments and courts? Or, in the opinion of secessionists, has every level and facet of this society been so corrupted that it is truly beyond redemption???