It seems that Southern nationalists should have several long-term goals that we generally agree upon. The Southern people should have:
- A Southern national party to promote our national interests and represent ourselves to other groups
- A Southern national church to carry on the religious tradition of our people and meet our people’s spiritual needs
- A Southern national university to provide for the higher educational needs of our people in a positive environment
- A Southern national state as a sovereign territory populated and governed by and for Southerners
- A Southern national military to defend our people from outside threats and ensure the sovereignty of our national state
In regards to a Southern national church, we once had this, though sadly it was divided by denomination. Each of the major Protestant denominations in the South split from the US denominations either prior to secession or during the life of the Confederacy and then maintained their independence and a generally conservative, traditionalist direction.
The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America was formed in 1861 and lasted until 1865 when it reunited with Northern Episcopalians. Leonidas Polk was both a bishop of the denomination and a Confederate general. President Jefferson Davis was a Southern Anglican. After the US military conquest of the South Bishop Thomas F. Davis of South Carolina continued to oppose reunification with Northern Episcopalians but was too elderly and sick to effectively lead the struggle. In 2009 hundreds of conservative diocese in the US and Canada left the very liberal Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States and Anglican Church of Canada to form the Anglican Church in North America. This split occurred in Texas. The Anglican Diocese of the South was formed a year later in Georgia. It currently has 46 parishes.
The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in 1845 and has nearly 16 million members today. In much of the South it is the dominant religious denomination, though its national governing body has moved in a decidedly liberal and anti-Southern direction of late.
The Methodist Episcopal Church, South was formed in 1844 and only rejoined Northern Methodist churches in 1939. The Southern Methodist Church was formed a year later in 1940 by conservative, pro-Southern Methodist Christians to maintain the traditions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. It has about 6,000 members.
The Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America was formed in 1861 and lasted until 1983, though it changed its name after the US military conquest of the South. In 1973 hundreds of churches in the Lower South left the increasingly liberal Presbyterian Church in the US and formed the Presbyterian Church in America. It currently has over 1,800 congregations. The modern Southern nationalist movement was closely tied in its early days to conservative Presbyterianism.
The General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Confederate States of America was formed in 1863, under went several name changes and finally rejoined Northern Lutherans in 1918. Some of my leading Southern nationalist friends today are members of conservative Lutheran churches.
Many Roman Catholic leaders throughout the South supported the Confederate cause. In general, the church’s conservative and hierarchical values fit well with Southern traditional life. Pope Pius IX granted President Jefferson Davis the highest international recognition of the Confederacy that it ever received. There remain many pro-Southern, traditionalist parishes in Dixie today and several of my Southern nationalist Roman Catholic friends are actively involved in the church.