On the same week that an Ivy League economics professor was removed from a flight for fear that his math equations were dangerously Islamic, a bearded fundamentalist was quietly working on compiling an assassination list of politicians in the hopes of overthrowing the U.S. government for being insufficiently theocratic. Why didn’t you hear about this dangerous terrorist? It might be because he was of the right-wing Christian variety.
Mineral Springs, Arkansas, resident Maverick Dean Bryan was arrested after he allegedly sent threatening letters to seven Arkansas mayors for a list of crimes that read like a Fox News list of talking points. Bryan was mad about:
- Common Core
- The lack of prayer in schools
- Anyone “who worships any God other than Jesus Christ”
- Gay marriage
- And, of course, socialism
He also had a bit of inspiration from Trump, calling for a new policy that anyone who fit the criteria above should be required to “exit” the country. His ultimate plan was to overthrow the government and create a theocracy.
However, understanding that overthrowing the U.S. government was going to take a few bucks, he also put out an advertisement in a local paper asking for $23 million loan so that he could fund a “Christian army” to help him fight it out. Guns would be provided. Bryan had what police said was “an extensive history involving the possession of firearms,” including several convictions for illegally owning them as a felon.
His bright idea was to threaten to murder seven Arkansas mayors unless they caved to his concerns. Instead, he was arrested.
But being a “right-wing Christian terrorists” and not, say, a Muslim one afforded Bryan a certain amount of leeway. The first judge that looked at his case decided it would be fine to let him go home while his case worked its way through the legal system. Thankfully, a more clear-headed judge took one look at the truly staggering number of dangerous behaviors Bryan had displayed and struck down the previous one’s order and instead sent Bryan to prison for everyone’s safety.
He currently sits behind bars awaiting trial where he faces up to five years in prison for each of the seven counts involved in mailing death threats to the towns’ mayors.
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