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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:10 PM

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

Source: Guardian

The group ‘Team Rugged’ offers ‘patriotic and biblical training’ that includes instruction on how to use knives and guns

Jason Wilson

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Wed 14 Aug 2019 02.00 EDT Last modified on Wed 14 Aug 2019 02.01 EDT

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.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/13/matt-shea-biblical-war-washington-team-rugged





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Reply Revealed: Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for 'biblical warfare' (Original post)
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:22 PM

1. Jesus Christ, what a shitshow...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:30 PM

3. They've got it all from suits to skinheads. The tricorn hat is a nice touch.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:30 PM

2. Undeveloped brain matter in white skin.


These people are like zombies... not real, but oh so dangerous if unleashed...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:32 PM

4. Thanks Judi Lynn..was just going to pump this up

Last paragraph of article.....

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 Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:38 PM

5. Unfucking believable!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:42 PM

6. Jesus always said to melt down your plowshares into weapons.

Jesus always said to melt down your plowshares into weapons.

Or is that only the republican Jesus?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 05:48 PM

16. They're Republicans, so Supply Side Jesus says...

...melt other people's plowshares.

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Response to dchill (Reply #16)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 04:20 PM

32. LOL + 10 nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:53 PM

7. In other words a Jihadist

But worse: living among us, and disguised as a red-blooded American.

Thanks for finding and posting this, Judi.

These cretins are a clear and present danger if there ever was one.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:00 PM

8. Those people are laughable.

Love the one in suspenders. And I guess the effete dumpling in a suit and yellow tie is this GOPer? Yeah, definitely ready to lead an army... to the latrines.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:20 PM

9. Yup, the suspenders guy is a rube. Suspenders AND a belt.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 17, 2019, 10:13 PM

33. That's someone who is deathly afraid of his pants falling down.

Not a heroic trait!

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Response to dawg day (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:46 PM

12. Don't underestimate the brains, political philosophy, or survival skills of the larger party

there. They're dangerous. They are white segregationists, separatists, and believe in white minority rule for this country.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 05:01 PM

13. The guy in the suspenders

Is carrying a WW2, 3rd Reich German rifle. The Mauser K98.

These people are fucking insane Hitler worshippers

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:43 PM

10. They relentlessly troll Gov. Jay Inslee's FB posts. They're disgusting. All those Spokane

right wingers are basically Idaho survivalists and secessionists. This Shea guy is just part of the larger political tribe of Idaho and East Washington.

...like so many others currently involved in North Idaho politics, Regan’s a California transplant: one of thousands of ex–LAPD officers, doomsday preppers, “traditionalist” Catholics, and far-right evangelicals who’ve flocked to the white, conservative utopia of North Idaho over the last 20 years, working to remake the Republican Party in their own image.

According to this BuzzFeed piece, they have no liberal opponents, so they turn on each other, with anyone disagreeing with 1% of their belief list gets called a liberal.

Before, they were called libertarians and constitutionalists, or called nothing at all, because there was no political group conservative enough to represent their beliefs. But after the 2008 election of President Obama, they emerged, consolidated power, and began operating under a simple principle: It’s easier to take over a political party than to start one of your own.


Who was moving? White middle-class people. Religious people. And lots of retired police officers. As Sierra Crane-Murdoch notes in her history of right-wing immigration to the area, people moved based on word of mouth: Whole evangelical ministries came en masse; one man told the Coeur d’Alene Press that he’d convinced half of his Orange County neighborhood to relocate. Over 500 California police officers, including the infamous O.J. Simpson detective Mark Fuhrman, moved here by the end of the ’90s. Today, that number has multiplied to the point that some call it “LAPD North.”


https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/wackadoodles-north-idaho

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Response to ancianita (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 09:54 AM

26. +1

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:45 PM

11. the new Jesus



And they've shortened Jesus's quote to just, "Suffer the little children. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 05:09 PM

14. Lure 'em deep into the woods

and try not to burn the forest down when disposing of your trash.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 05:43 PM

15. these white christian people are getting ready to do some shit

they scare me
nothing christian about these people or the White House

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Response to scarytomcat (Reply #15)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 05:58 AM

23. What a terrible example

to set for the kids. Horrifying that anyone thinks their child should be part of this insanity. Isn't this child abuse?? The kids are likely "home schooled" so as to keep them from interacting with kids from normal families.

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Response to scarytomcat (Reply #15)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 03:07 PM

30. They scare me.

My late mother's next door neighbor is like this, a gun-toting, big bible thumper.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 05:49 PM

17. Shea, Shia. Just a coincidence.

Shea, Shia.

Just a coincidence.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:52 PM

18. I just watched the first episode of The Family on Netflex.

This group sounds like they would fit right in.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:57 PM

19. Just another bunch of monkey militia wannabes. nt

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Response to Progressive Jones (Reply #19)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 03:48 PM

31. See post #12.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:59 PM

20. Great Idea



Seen it dozens of times. Lost my shit laughing every one of them!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:26 PM

21. Why are those three women hanging out with incels?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 08:26 PM

22. Kick

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 09:45 AM

24. Cosplay Paytreeotts.

Jeff Sharlet has the history:

Coe listed other men who had changed the world through the strength of the covenants they had forged with their “brothers”: “Look at Hitler,” he said. “Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Bin Laden.” The Family, of course, possessed a weapon those leaders lacked: the “total Jesus” of a brotherhood in Christ.

https://harpers.org/archive/2003/03/jesus-plus-nothing/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 09:49 AM

25. On wardard Christian soldiers

Marching off as to war

Now we know that song was REALLY about

What shitheads, even thinking Jesus and God would apporve

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 09:57 AM

27. And THIS is the REAL REASON why the NRA wants continued unfettered access to weapons:

INSURRECTION

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 10:24 AM

28. I am in complete agreement with one of these nutjobs!

"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."

I have a few folks down here in FL I could suggest this to as well...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 12:01 PM

29. remember all those guns in the Bible?

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