South Carolina Republican state Reps. Josiah Magnuson and Jonathon Hill are trying to prepare people for possible future disasters or the collapse of society (video below).
Magnuson and Hill have come up with the "Virtue Solution Project," which is a combination of religion, preparation for disasters and political organizing, notes The Post and Courier.
The lawmakers are calling on residents to form communities that do not depend on the "tyrannical" U.S. government or American corporations.
The Virtue Solution Project website lays out a plan for "God's people":
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The foundation for this design is a spiritual awakening of God’s people. The church and family must again fulfill their God-given roles and responsibilities in the culture before we can teach others to do so.
There must be a new reformation -- a "revolution in the hearts and minds of the people" as John Adams put it -- in which Christ is placed in His rightful position as the authority over all of life, and His law of liberty is made our rule of conduct.
The lawmakers want to build "community preparedness centers" for when society collapses because of the economy, foreign attacks, natural disasters or other scenarios.
"What if situations can happen," Magnuson told WSPA.
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Magnuson said these proposed centers, or "micro-hubs," are where people would be trained in skills such as cooking and first aid:
There’s some people who they think of preparedness, they think of "the end is near, let’s all run and hide." That’s not what this is at all. It's more of the idea of building a mission or a ministry so that if there is some kind of emergency in a community, we’re prepared for it...
We the people can be more responsible. We the people can be more free by not being dependent on government.
Magnuson said he is currently trying to raise funds to get the first of these micro-hubs up: a coffee shop in Campobello.
The micro-hubs would also educate members in "tactical defense."
Magnuson explained his vision to The Post and Courier:
It’s serving two purposes. As we build that strength, it prevents doomsday, and on the other hand, if we don’t succeed, then this provides, like, lifeboats. I think all Christians understand that there is a prophetic element to this, living in the end times and so forth.
David Sehat, a history professor at Georgia State University, explained how this type of movement has formed before:
The way I would describe this group is the John Birch Society meets prepper-culture, combined with a kind of Christian restorationist sensibility and expressed in a business PowerPoint kind of way. That seems to me to sum up the group, which is super weird, also super interesting and super disturbing in some ways.
Magnuson insisted they are not calling for an armed uprising: "We’re not saying that everybody should go and pick up guns and go have a revolution."
Magnuson and Hill both had fathers who were pastors, and were home-schooled. They want their "virtuous" communities and churches to render social services, not the government.
As an example, Hill envisions a one-room schoolhouse where the teacher is hired by the parents of the schoolchildren.
"That’s the way it worked back in the day," Hill insisted. "And then we got away from that and now we basically have career politicians and bureaucrats on a school board that are running things. It’s no longer the parents."
"This isn’t some type of political overturning movement," Magnuson stated. "It’s more of a political and economic replacing movement."
At the South Carolina House, Magnuson has written bills that would give the government more control of people's lives.
One bill would allow local communities to force, by law, transgender people to use the bathrooms that match their biological sex.
Another bill by Magnuson would give "personhood" to a fertilized egg that would undercut women's legal abortion rights.
A bill by Hill would stop South Carolina state employees from granting marriage licensing to gay couples, who are entitled to be legally married based on a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hill and Magnuson are strong advocates of nullification, which is undercutting laws that they deem unjust.