An NPR member station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Sheriff Turns Controversial Posting by Lawmaker over to the FBI



Spokane Valley Republican State Representative Matt Shea is causing a stir with a manifesto he distributed that calls for violence against those who don’t obey biblical law.

In a Spokesman Review article, Shea is described as posting an on-line piece called “Biblical Basis for War”, in which he describes the Christian God as a Warrior, and details strategies for a “Holy Army”. In it, same sex marriage and abortion are condemned, and it says those who do not obey the biblical law should be killed.

 Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovitch says he sent the material to the FBI about 6 weeks, ago.

The sheriff said the ideas presented in the document “ Are how these groups intend to seize control, by force, should there be a governmental collapse, or civil war.”


On his YouTube page, Shea says the message was taken out of context, and that he was discussing sermons on biblical wars in the old testament.


“Expect more of these attacks as the counter-state realizes it’s beginning to lose this upcoming election. And specifically for someone like myself that has had dozens of hours of counter terrorism training, we know who the enemy is. Let’s also bless in the name of Jesus Christ those who are seeking to persecute us," Shea said.


 In the video, Shea also complains about a recently published Rolling Stone profile that characterizes him as an extremist.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.