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Rep. Matt Shea slams Rolling Stone piece, says biblical war document is not what it seems

Representative Matt Shea responds to...

SPOKANE, Wash. - A story in the Spokesman-Review Friday detailed a document called the 'Basis for Biblical War'.

The document was, apparently written by Republican State Representative Matt Shea, who has held the 4th legislative district seat since 2008. Social media posts linked him to the document earlier this week and the state lawmaker responded in a video on his Facebook page

His office did not respond to KXLY's calls for comment on Friday. 

In the video, he defends the four-page outline which lays out rules for war, the requirements for a 'Holy Army' and lists and end to abortion and same-sex marriage as 'terms of justice and righteousness.' 

"It was a summary of a series of sermons on biblical war in the Old Testament as part of a larger discussion on the history of warfare," Shea said in his video. 

For those who do no abide by the biblical law, the document provides a guideline: "If they do not yield, kill all males." 

In his Facebook video, Shea said the document's purpose is not to advocate killing people- that "nothing could be farther from the truth." 



Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich feels less comfortable with the document. 

"This isn't a Sunday school lecture, this isn't an academic paper he wrote. That stands as what they will do if they ever try to seize power. That's their manifesto," he said. 

Knezovich made clear that his comments were not driven by a political feud, though the two elected officials have, publicly, expressed their differences. He said this document was sent to him a while ago- and he sent it to the FBI. 

"This is an ideology that's dangerous. "It's troubling, and to know that we have a state representative in this community that had these type of beliefs is chilling," he said. 

The sheriff expressed similar concerns in the Spokesman-Review article and in a Rolling Stone piece on Shea published earlier this week. 





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