Leaked emails show Washington state Rep. Matt Shea endorsed training children to fight in holy war - 2019-08-15

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F0.png Leaked emails show Washington state Rep. Matt Shea endorsed training children to fight in holy war August 15, 2019, Chad Sokol, Seattle Times

A week before his re-election last year, state Rep. Matt Shea denied that a leaked manifesto he wrote was a road map for a holy war, one that would pit conservative Christian "patriots" against Muslim and Marxist "terrorists."

Rather, Shea insisted, the document titled "Biblical Basis for War" contained notes for a scholarly sermon on war in the Old Testament.

But newly leaked emails, first reported by The Guardian on Wednesday, as well as a video on Shea's public Facebook page, show the Spokane Valley Republican has had close ties with a group called Team Rugged that trained children, teens and men in their early 20s for religious combat.

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{{cite news | first = Chad | last = Sokol | title = Leaked emails show Washington state Rep. Matt Shea endorsed training children to fight in holy war | url = https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-state-rep-matt-shea-endorsed-training-children-to-fight-in-holy-war/ | work = Seattle Times | date = August 15, 2019 | accessdate = August 18, 2019 }}