November 1, 2013 2:49 pm -

Two Tennessee lawmakers will speak this weekend to a southern secessionist group. At least one of them is serious about seceding.

A website for the Southern National Congress says Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, and Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, will discuss their proposed legislation at the group’s sixth session, today through Sunday at Fall Creek Falls State Park. But critics are concerned about the organization’s secessionist philosophy and ties to the League of the South, listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its desire to create a white-led nation.

Niceley [pictured] dismissed his critics’ allegations that the Southern National Congress has hate-group ties and said, in any case, it wants to hear his ideas, not the other way around. He agrees with the group’s idea that the South might one day be its own nation, like each of the 13 colonies after the American Revolution.