IRONY: Religious Nut Threatens To Hang Local Officials For Excluding Teachings Of Jesus In Schools

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In January 2015 a man from Mineral Springs, Arkansas allegedly sent violent and threatening letters to seven Arkansas mayors if said officials did not change the local schools did not remove Common Core curriculum from the classroom and reinstate it with religious teachings instead.

Maverick Dean Bryan, 55, was released from custody on March 28th, 2016 in Texarkana. Maverick currently faces seven charges against him for mailing the threatening letters to seven separate Arkansas city mayors.

The letters from Bryan include physical threats, including plans to hang the mayors of Ashdown, Hope, De Queen, Lewisville, Nashville, Prescott and Murfreesboro from “mighty oaks” if his demand for curriculum changes weren’t met.

According to reports from Arkansas Online, U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey, who is responsible for cases in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas, granted a motion for Bryan’s pretrial detention on May 2, 2016.

Hickey noted that Bryan openly admitted to writing the letters in which he verbally threatened city mayors. Hickey also made note of Bryan’s criminal record, saying:

‘Defendant has an extensive criminal history involving the possession of firearms. In addition to his three previous convictions involving firearms, Defendant has admitted that he was impermissibly in possession of a firearm on the day of his arrest.’

Hickey went on:

‘Thus, Defendant has repeatedly demonstrated his unwillingness to abide by the laws concerning the possession of firearms by a convicted felon. This pattern of disobedience poses a threat to the safety of the community and gives the court little hope that Defendant would abide by any conditions set by this court.’

The letter also featured demands by Bryan that the mayors discount votes from members with any of the following affiliations: those who are homosexual, Muslim, socialist, communist, atheist, or who worships a God besides Jesus Christ. He also demanded that any of those people be forced to “exit” the state.

If that wasn’t enough cause for alarm, Bryan also freely admitted that he authored an advertisement featured in the Thrifty Nickel, a local Arkansas paper, that requested a $23 million dollar loan in order to fund a Christian army to overthrow the U.S. government.

Freedom of religion is one of the values this country was founded upon, and it’s still very important today. Most liberals will agree that everyone should have the right to practice their religion in this country without persecution or fear of their safety. But when individuals believe that their right to religious freedom somehow trumps other peoples’ basic human rights, that’s when we start to have a problem. Although Christianity should not be blamed for the actions of this one individual, it does show how extremely sick individuals can become so encapsulated by the idea of religion that they use it for ill will.

Bryan is scheduled to appear before a jury trial with in Hickey’s courtroom later in May. If convicted of threatening the elected officials, the bible-thumping nut-job faces fines of up to $250,000 with five years in a federal prison, and that’s for each threatening letter.

Feature Image via Department of Corrections, via TXK Today.