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Culture Wars

The three sentinels stand over downtown Myrtle Beach, as they do in thousands of small Southern towns – the spires of the First Baptist, First Methodist and First Presbyterian churches. Surrounding the Pavilion Amusement Park and built on land donated by the Burroughs family, the churches keep watch over the traditions and morals of a town that many feel has already lost its way. On Sunday mornings, their bells and carillons summon the faithful to worship, even as sinners sleep off their hangovers and debauches in thousands of hotel rooms and the city judge runs an assortment of drunks, brawlers and disturbers of the peace through his court with stiff fines and a rap of the gavel.  God frowns on such miscreants, and so do the good people of Myrtle Beach.

Take away the beach and the canyon of oceanfront hotels, take away the strip clubs and the golf courses, the roller coasters and the 2,000 restaurants, and Myrtle Beach is essentially a medium-sized Southern town – “Mayberry-at-the Beach,” as some have called it – a town of neighbors, of Christians, of cultural and political conservatives.
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