Washington State Rep. Matt Shea promoted a four-page manifesto called the “Biblical Basis for War,” which describes the Christian God as a “warrior” and claims there is a “Holy Army.”
The Spokesman-Review notes the document includes “Rules of War” that say execute those who flout “Biblical law”: “If they do not yield – kill all males.”
Shea, a Republican, defended the document in a rant on a Facebook video:
First of all, it was a summary of a series of sermons on biblical war in the Old Testament as part of a larger discussion on the history of warfare… This document, in and of itself, was not a secret. I’ve actually talked about portions of this document publicly.
Shea also complained about a Rolling Stone profile that characterizes him as an extremist.
Shea reportedly argued that the U.S. “a Christian nation” and that his critics are part of a so-called “counter state” made up of “Marxists” and “Islamists.”
Shea denied the document was about violence, and then went into his rant about a “just war theory,” which has been endorsed by many mainstream Christians:
We know who the enemy is, and let’s keep our eye on who the enemy really is.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told The Spokesman-Review his concerns:
The document Mr. Shea wrote is not a Sunday school project or an academic study. It is a “how to” manual consistent with the ideology and operating philosophy of the Christian Identity/Aryan Nations movement and the Redoubt movement of the 1990s. I gave it straight to the FBI.
Knezovich said that Shea visited right-wing Bundy activists during their armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016:
The goal of these groups has always been to create a white homeland consisting of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington. The ideas presented in the (biblical war) document are how these groups intend to seize control, by force, should there be a governmental collapse or civil war.
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