It is more than a week before the South Carolina
primary and young campaign organizers for Senator
Hillary Clinton and Senator Barak Obama are very
busy. They travel from one beauty salon to another
in Horry County, South Carolina, trying to convince
deeply religious African American women to vote
for their candidate. The Democratic focus on religious
voters is a new phenomenon in this campaign, and
the organizers are spending their days with the
voters as they get their hair done, discussing the
integrity of their candidates and their strong faith.
We listen in on the fascinating conversations in
barbershops and beauty salons.
in the picture: Cory Burnell.
than two hundred miles away, the deeply conservative
God fearing “Upstate” South
Carolina, Anderson County, is the target of Cory Burnell's Christian
Exodus movement. His movement
has the stated goal of “moving
thousands of Christians to establish a constitutionally
limited government based upon Christian principles long
abandoned by the Federal government.” Fifteen
families have already moved to the county. Some of them
me for a visit. Some of the county’s residents,
as well as its clergy, are not happy about this new pilgrimage.
Although deeply conservative, they consider this new
movement too extreme. Spending a few days in Anderson,
we follow both sides of this debate which goes to the
heart of Faith and Politics in South Carolina.
A view of the entire journey.
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our characters in South Carolina, please go toPortraits
of the Week.
For some of the scenes we filmed during our visit, please
go to the home page.