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Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

APRIL 23, 2019 BY MICHAEL STONE

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, who recently published a manifesto calling for the execution of all males who refuse to follow “Biblical law,” has been caught plotting violent attacks against progressive opponents.

The Guardian reports:

A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian.

State representative Matt Shea, who represents Spokane Valley in the Washington state house, participated in the chats with three other men. All of the men used screen aliases – Shea’s was “Verum Bellator”, Latin for true warrior…

According to the report, Shea offered to run background checks on suspected political opponents for the group to facilitate the planned covert operation of surveillance, terror, and even violence against left wing activists perceived by the group to be political threats.

Many condemned Shea after news of the nefarious activities of the conservative Christian extremist were made public.

For example, Washington state Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib called on State House Republicans to eject Rep. Shea from their caucus.  Habib tweeted:Cyrus Habib@cyrushabib

I call on House Republicans to do the right thing and eject Matt Shea from their caucus. Obtaining background checks on people for the purpose of planning violence against them is a crime, and even offering to do so is clearly 100% unacceptable in the Legislature. #waleg https://twitter.com/jason_a_w/status/1119602752173166593 …2,049Twitter Ads info and privacy1,133 people are talking about this

I call on House Republicans to do the right thing and eject Matt Shea from their caucus. Obtaining background checks on people for the purpose of planning violence against them is a crime, and even offering to do so is clearly 100% unacceptable in the Legislature. #waleg

Senator Patty Murray tweeted:Senator Patty Murray@PattyMurray

These views and discussions are deeply harmful and run completely counter to the values we aspire to. We all need to speak out against them. https://twitter.com/jason_a_w/status/1119602752173166593 …192Twitter Ads info and privacy108 people are talking about this

These views and discussions are deeply harmful and run completely counter to the values we aspire to. We all need to speak out against them.

Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee tweeted the following:Governor Jay Inslee@GovInslee

There is no place for hate in Washington state, especially in Washington’s Legislature. Rep. Matt Shea’s history of hate has now crossed a new line. He participated in conversations that advocated for violence against those with dissenting opinions. #waleghttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/20/matt-shea-rightwing-messages-chat-records?fbclid=IwAR1OK2IhcnbIICHXDBHWjhAvgbkDSdq51TP48PiWC19DePd512lpTfF9A3s …Republican discussed violent attacks and surveillance with rightwingersWashington state representative Matt Shea exchanged messages with far-right figures, chat records obtained by the Guardian revealtheguardian.com337Twitter Ads info and privacy186 people are talking about this

There is no place for hate in Washington state, especially in Washington’s Legislature. Rep. Matt Shea’s history of hate has now crossed a new line. He participated in conversations that advocated for violence against those with dissenting opinions. #waleg

And:Governor Jay Inslee@GovInsleeReplying to @GovInslee

Rep. Shea embodies a strain of extreme ideology that, throughout the decades and into the present, has caused deep harm to people and families. He is actively conspiring with others to surveil and target political activists. I strongly condemn both his rhetoric and his behavior.213Twitter Ads info and privacy82 people are talking about this

Rep. Shea embodies a strain of extreme ideology that, throughout the decades and into the present, has caused deep harm to people and families. He is actively conspiring with others to surveil and target political activists. I strongly condemn both his rhetoric and his behavior.

Late last year Rep. Shea released a four-page Christian manifesto titled “Biblical Basis for War.” The document calls for “Biblical law,” and suggests that those men who support gay marriage and abortion rights should be executed.

Bottom line: Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, who recently published a Christian manifesto calling for the execution of all males who refuse to follow “Biblical law,” has been caught planning violent attacks against progressive political opponents.

GOP Lawmaker Who Promotes ‘Biblical Law’ Busted Planning Violent Attacks (Image via Screen Grab)
GOP Lawmaker Who Promotes ‘Biblical Law’ Busted Planning Violent Attacks (Image via Screen Grab)

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