Last year, the chair of the Republican caucus in Washington’s state legislature acknowledged that he had written a manifesto on the “Biblical Basis for War.”
The manifesto’s revelation cost its author, Matt Shea, his chairmanship.
But Shea insisted that his writings were merely “a summary of church sermons on Old Testament war that could help place current events in historical context.”
And so, the Washington GOP did not call for Shea to resign or expel him from its House caucus.
This past spring, the Guardian obtained text messages in which Shea discussed targetting anti-fascist activists for surveillance, harassment, and violence.
Shea participated in four phone calls with Ammon Bundy in advance of the January 2016 Malheur occupation, the report found.
But, as of this writing, an alleged practitioner of radical Christian terrorism remains a state legislator in Washington. »