“It is beyond belief what The Episcopal Church is attempting to do,” [David] Thurlow said last week. “What it amounts to is corporate identity theft.”
Thurlow said St. Matthias’ participation in this legal action is necessary to protect the church and its parish buildings – erected and maintained by the families of Summerton and surrounding communities without any financial support from The Episcopal Church – from being taken over by The Episcopal Church.
“Our community is most disturbed that outside attorneys and individuals from New York, who have never lived here in the South, should have the audacity to suggest that they have any claim whatsoever to church buildings and property here in South Carolina,” Thurlow said. “That The Episcopal Church is now claiming ownership of our land, that is not right.”