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S.C. evangelical activist group to launch news hub

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FITSNews. The Nerve. Process Story. The Garnet Spy. Stuffed Suits. The Palmetto State is no stranger to online news sites.

Some are essential reading, while others are nothing more than propaganda projects tied to one of the state's numerous political consulting firms. And sometimes they're even one and the same.

Heck, we're betting that if you gathered all of South Cakalaki's so-called political operatives in a single-file, human-centipede-style line with Will Folks at one end and Wesley Donehue at the other, every other one would be the editor in chief of an online news site. (As for Will and Wes, we'll leave it up to you to decide who goes on which end.)

Now the Family Research Council has decided that they want to enter into the world of online news. "There is so much out there," says Orin Smith, president of the Palmetto Family Council. "I think maybe what our goal might be is to provide some type of Google Reader site for our people who donate to us and follow us so they don't have to follow everything."

While the yet-to-be named aggregator has been described as a Drudge Report for evangelicals, Smith says that the council's site would be different from Matt the Hat's. "It would not have the shock effect of Drudge," he says. And you know what that means: there would be no reports about stained blue dresses and no photos of a male US Airways passengers wearing women's underwear and little else.

Smith, one of the state's more noteworthy evangelical activists, expects the focus of the site to be split 50-50 between articles on political matters and those that will help readers be better husbands, wives, and family members.

In addition to news articles, Smith plans to link to in-state blogs as well.

Although the site is currently in the early stages, Smith hopes to have it ready by the end of summer.

The Palmetto Family Council supported South Carolina's gay marriage ban, and after Mark Sanford's revelation that he had committed adultery, it urged the public to "stand with Jenny" Sanford. The group also protested the CW high school drama Gossip Girl for the depiction of a threesome and gay pride banners flown by the City of Columbia during last year's S.C. Pride festival.

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