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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 08:26 AM

Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for 'biblical warfare'

Revealed: Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for 'biblical warfare'
The group ‘Team Rugged’ offers ‘patriotic and biblical training’ that includes instruction on how to use knives and guns
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/13/matt-shea-biblical-war-washington-team-rugged?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xOTA4MTQ%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email

The Republican politician Matt Shea connected close allies with a group offering training to young men in “biblical warfare” that includes how to use knives, pistols and rifles, with lessons based in part on the teachings of a Georgia-based neo-Confederate pastor, emails obtained by the Guardian reveal.

Shea, who is an elected Washington state representative, later made videos in support of the group, and appeared alongside them at a gathering at a religious community in remote eastern Washington. He also paid the founder of the group money from his campaign fund in 2018.

The emails, sent in July 2016, begin with an email from Patrick Caughran, who presents himself as the founder of a training group called Team Rugged. They were provided to the Guardian by a former Shea associate who was copied in on the exchange.

Caughran asks Shea to publicize a link to the group’s Facebook page, and put him in touch with “John Jacob Schmidt”, the nom de guerre of Shea associate, Jack Robertson. Robertson is a rightwing podcast host who advocates for conservatives to move to the “American Redoubt” in eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana, and, with Shea, campaigns for eastern Washington to secede and form its own state.

On Team Rugged website, it is described as “a Christian organization that strongly believes in building manly character and the capability to stand in adversity in young men”.

In his email to Shea, however, Caughran offers a different description, saying that the group exists “to provide patriotic and biblical training on war for young men”.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 08:36 AM

1. So he's radicalizing them at training camps....

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Response to tanyev (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 08:39 AM

3. If they were brown a drone strike would be imminent

But christian fanatics....

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 08:38 AM

2. Those Heathen...

Creating their own Simu-Jesus. Oh, they can ruin their own religion. It simply helps in making it irrelevant and obsolete. To believe in something and then completely ignore its teacher's values is inane in any context.

"Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Matthew 26:52 (KJB)

"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5:39

It sounds like they are looking to pick a fight. There is a persecution complex involved and they tend to think they need to be persecuted even when there is no real threat. That is often exploited by the wolves.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 08:43 AM

4. AKA - similar to Hitler Youth Camps! n/t

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:13 AM

5. He needs to resign.

"Since the Guardian’s previous revelations about Shea’s involvement in private chats, and his appearances on podcasts and public events, Washington’s state house has commenced an investigation into his activities, and has hired an outside firm to investigate Shea’s associations with political violence."

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:20 AM

6. It's their new religion


"The Conservative Christ" by Michael D’Antuono


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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:24 AM

7. It would be justified to call out the National Guards if they try to secede.

And use whatever means necessary. Treat them like the Confederates.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:31 AM

8. Nothing new here

The Crusades went on for about three centuries. The Pope wanted to wipe out the Muslims and regain control of "The Holy Land." So thousands of European Christians were trained as soldiers and used as canon fodder.

Religious fanatics of one brand or another have always drowned much of humanity in blood in the name of god. And they're still at it.

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Response to Cyrano (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:45 PM

12. The first targets of the Crusades were not Muslims.

The early Crusaders targeted Jews.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:34 AM

9. Join the Army.

(Waiting for a fragging.)

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:41 AM

10. How is this any different from a Jihadist training camp?

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:42 AM

11. If you've gone traipsing through the Bible and your takeaway is hate your neighbor

You're practicing bad theology.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:11 PM

13. Every time I mention that we're at war, someone gets upset.

But see? This is a war.

If we don't fight it, we'll lose it.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 03:03 PM

14. K&R

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