Religion - at a Cost of Love and Concern in South
If I were anyone considering moving to South Carolina, from a state that has liberal views and respects other peoples lifestyles (I came from Massachusetts) I would not suggest moving to South Carolina!
I was shocked when I came here that at every corner was a church and everyone was a adamant (or so-called) Christian yet, I have heard no lack of prejudice for black people, intolerance for poor people, and a general malaise for anything progressive in the way of accepting people at all.
I originally came to live with a Brother in Law (B-I-L) who's family was associated with "The Bob Jones University/church", an institution who's unaccredited classes, that further close minds, piggery, waggery, scientific principles, place locks and chains on medical ideas, ultimately, likening S.C. to being in the Dark Ages. I was very leery coming here but was assured that I would not have much contact with these people, to my dismay I WAS around them and heard things I wish I could UN-hear and still can't believe that they were said with a tone of righteousness. So in the time I spent with these people, which happily I no longer do, I heard from my B-I-L's mother, that the "Samaritans" (a wonderful, giving, organization) are a horrible group because they "enable" drug addicts and unwed mothers and she's was sixty year old woman who has seen lots of life, she should know better, I nearly fainted on her comment! And when my B-I-L and I were relating a story about some church going people that left without paying a bill at Pizza Hut, my B-I-L's, Sister-in-Law (S-I-L) (whispering as though that would improve her next comment) said: "were they black people", sadly, she didn't get that the story was aimed at the "nice church going people" grumbling at the waitress, because it was late to their table, they proceeded to eat the whole meal (maybe 15 people were eating) then they fought with her and the manager, that they weren't going to pay since they felt that they had too many problems getting their order. I was appalled watching them ...I have had many waitress friends in my day so, I am always patient with help and tip well, I hate unreasonably picky clients, that eat their meals then pick on the server. (BTW We knew they were church goers since they talked very loudly about their "church work" and their status in the church). This whole mentality really sums up the "High and Mighty" Christian ethics of the south, and with the "take" of the S-I-L afterwards, not even