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Fri November 1, 2013
Politics

State Senator to Speak to Group that Promotes Secession

Senator Niceley, (L); Rep Matheny (R)
Senator Niceley, (L); Rep Matheny (R)
Credit tn.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Tennessee state legislator is scheduled to speak to a group that advocates for a second southern secession.

The website of the Southern National Congress says that Senator Frank Nicely of Strawberry Plains will speak at a three day meeting the group will hold this weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

State legislator Judd Matheny of Tullahoma was also scheduled to address the group, but a spokesman for Rep. Matheny tells WMOT that he bowed out some weeks ago.

The Southern National Congress is associated with the League of the South. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the League as a neo-Confederate group that advocates for “a society dominated by ‘European Americans.’”

On its website, the Southern National Congress says its objective is “to effect the freedom and independence of the several Southern States,” and to “restore their historic traditions of self-government and ordered Christian Liberty.”

Niceley told the Tennessean that he agrees with the group’s idea that the South might one day be its own nation.