Filed under: Action, Anti-fascist, Northwest, Queer, Trans
On Sunday, July 30th, 2023, Sean Feucht’s ‘Kingdom to the Capitol’ tour was met with heavy, organized resistance in Boise. As unaffiliated antifascist community members, we chose to stand in solidarity with the wider community against Feucht. We see this recent effort as an overwhelming success that follows in the footprints of groups like Anti
The 5 hour event Sean 'Raman Shaman' Feucht (self proclaimed Christian Nationalist) & TPUSA Faith had planned in Idaho on Sunday ended early after being met with ambitious resistance from locals. The protest was organized by Satanic Idaho & welcomed people of all backgrounds. https://t.co/qzIX8rBlhW
— ChudsOfTikTok (@ChudsOfTikTok) August 3, 2023
It should be stated up front, that while we were privy to some information about the event beforehand through the community, we weren’t involved in the planning and cannot take any credit for anything besides standing in solidarity with our neighbors. This report back is a collaborative effort but our limited viewpoints and understanding must be acknowledged. Some of these interpretations may be disputed by others in the community, especially with points of disagreement and criticism present. It is not our intent to leave these things out or create conflict, we may just disagree.
Please join us tomorrow starting at 4pm
As a reminder, this is a permitted event and we have Cecil D Andrus for the entire evening.
Along with that, we have a permit for amplified sound.
Come on out and voice your concerns with folks like @seanfeucht and Christian Nationalism. pic.twitter.com/vJxqINT9kf
— Satanic Idaho (@satanicidaho666) July 29, 2023
Who is Sean Feucht?
Sean Feucht is a self-described Christian Nationalist who advocates for Christian Dominionism, described
Dominionists believe that Christians are tasked with a religious and spiritual duty to take over the State and reshape it into an explicit Christian nation, making it an aggressive form of nationalism. This push for a religious and political “rebirth
The explicit cruelty of
What Did Satan Do in Boise?
First, let’s talk about what this community defense was not: it was not a celebration of any biblical figure, including Satan. It is our understanding that Satanism (as presented by Satanic Idaho) is organized as a rejection of overbearing Christian religion using a figure from Biblical text to confront the hypocrisy of certain aspects of Christianity and Christian values expressed through governments that are not supposed to advocate for any particular religion. In this case, Satanism represents religious pluralism, tolerance for other beliefs, and the freedom to resist Christian Nationalism. This must be mentioned as a direct and intentional refutation of Feucht’s “holy war” framing of events; the “good versus evil” dichotomy was, in fact, in play but not the way he represents it at all. Communities defending themselves is good, outside invasion by an opportunistic stuntman is bad.
Satanic Idaho had already outplayed Sean Feucht before he even set foot in the state and was able to reserve space for a counter-protest next to the Idaho State Capitol grounds at Cecil D. Andrus park for the duration of Sean Feucht’s event. The city failed to enforce the reservation and allowed Fuecht’s followers to use the middle section of Cecil D. Andrus park, a small area with no shade in front of the Capitol steps.
Despite what far right provocateurs claim, yesterday’s counter was a success.
There were zero arrests made yesterday, our event went on without being shut down or attacking anyone.
As you can see from this though, many Christians came up to folks in an attempt to antagonize. pic.twitter.com/IaL8nIxmfT
— Rowan Astra 😈🔥🤘 (@RowanAstra) July 31, 2023
It was within Cecil D. Andrus park, near where the Christian Nationalists gathered, that Satanic Idaho set up extremely loud audio equipment that played counter-programming directly over Feucht and his followers for the duration of the ‘Kingdom to the Capitol’ event. It was in front of those speakers that folks held space and resisted instigation from Christian Nationalists eager to invade the space to create conflict.Speeches were given by local clergy and community members who support religious plurality. Music played and people danced joyfully. Overall, the atmosphere created by Satanic Idaho, Idaho Abortion Rights, and those who stood with them, was akin to a festival. Joyful energy was infectious, new friends and points of unity were found across the coalitions as they stood together.
It’s at this point that criticism and stylistic differences appear. There was a reliance on city and state police to protect the space from Christian Nationalists; they did so reluctantly while obviously protecting the trespassing agitators from the people that they agitated. The coalition of groups at the event involved some who are not just willing to work with police, but reliant on them. We do not agree with this position as we are fundamentally opposed to police and don’t see a world where they’re on our side in any 3-way fight.
Christian Nationalist Quincy Franklin @thebcpreacher was at the @seanfeucht Christian Nationalist rally saying that Catholics aren’t really Christian. So many Catholics are out here supporting Christian Nationalism, when they are going to throw you under the bus too. pic.twitter.com/9DghdfI19X
— Socialistlyawkward (@socialistlyakwd) August 3, 2023
It took less than two hours for Boise activists to get @seanfeucht out of our town. It's a little bit safer now that he took his merry band of Proud Boy woman beaters back to whatever rock he crawled out from under. @RowanAstra on the mic absolutely killing it. pic.twitter.com/9IznxpMXvv
— Hauns (Not Christian) Anderson (@ShaunKobal) August 3, 2023
What Comes Next?
There was not enough outreach or education before or during Sean Feucht’s unsuccessful trip to Boise. Many folks didn’t have a real understanding of who Feucht is, his far-Right cohorts, or what they were trying to do. Outreach and education serves to not only invite others to stand with us, it can inform folks about the tactics that may be used against them.Giving folks a warning to expect and prepare for this type of baiting should be mandatory going forward, here and elsewhere. It is our hope that this report back can help folks understand the threats and possible avenues of resisting them.
DO NOT COUNT ON THE COPS TO DEFEND YOUR EVENT. They do not protect us and their sympathies were obvious in how they did their job. Boise police are in the middle of a killing rampage and should never be considered allies in any fight. They are currently operating without oversight and farming out their department’s murder investigations to friendly local departments, who, we think, will never find them guilty of wrongdoing.
An important takeaway here is that your community can, and should, resist Christian Nationalist colonizers in your city. Please feel free to adopt what worked and disregard or actively avoid what didn’t. We send love and gratitude to Boise’s defenders who, once again, show that Boise is a place where community stands up for itself. We stand together joyfully against bigots and outside invaders and agitators. We stand against Christian Nationalism, dominionism, and fascism. We embrace each other’s differences and together we are stronger and more resilient than any astroturfed bigoted campaign.