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Kokesh and the guy who brought an assault rifle to an Obama event

Here’s an interesting tidbit brought to our attention by our Washington bureau. Adam Kokesh, who is running for Congress as a Republican in the deeply Democratic 3rd Congressional district that includes Santa Fe and Taos, has posted on his Facebook page a picture of him in a grinning pose with Chris Broughton. Who is Broughton? He’s the guy who brought a loaded AR-15 assault rifle to an Arizona event where then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The two were at a screening of “For Liberty,” a documentary about the Ron Paul campaign, which both worked on.

According to the Arizona Republic, Broughton is a member of several conservative, anti-government groups, some of which have been criticized as racist. Even though he is African-American, Broughton told the Star that “he has never felt unwelcome” in the groups. And, as the paper explains:

Broughton’s appearance at the rally was part of a publicity stunt organized by Ernest Hancock, a well-known Arizona Libertarian and host of conservative talk radio show “Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock.” Hancock also came to the rally armed. The two, who worked together on the presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, engaged in a staged interview that was later broadcast on YouTube.

Both Kokesh and Broughton are Paul supporters, so the fact that they would meet at a screening of a film about him makes perfect sense. Here’s where this story puts on its crazy pants.

The day before the Arizona event last August, Broughton had attended a church sermon, during whith the pastor said he would “pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell.” Back in August, TPM Muckraker interviewed the pastor, Steven Anderson of the fundamentalist Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe. Anderson clarified his remarks for  TPM, saying that he had not suggested vigilantism: ”I’d rather have him die of natural causes anyway, that way he’s not some martyr. I’m praying for him to die just so he gets what he deserves.”

The sermon had beens posted on the church’s Web site. It’s no longer available, but before it was taken down, Crooks and Liars compiled and transcribed some of the fieriest bits from several of Andersons sermons, including this passage, in which Anderson suggests that gays should be killed:

The same God who instituted the death penalty for murders is the same god who instituted the death penalty for rapists and for homosexuals, sodomites and queers!

That’s what it was instituted for, okay? That’s God, he hasn’t changed. Oh, God doesn’t feel that way in the New Testament … God never “felt” anything about it, he commanded it and said they should be taken out and killed.

But it was the day before Obama’s visit to Arizona that Anderson suggested that Obama deserved to die, apparently because of his support for abortion rights:

You see, any Christian will tell you that someone who commits murder should get the death penalty. …And when Barack Obama is gonna push his partial birth abortion, his salty saline solution abortion, hey, he deserves to be punished for what he’s done…

And yet you’re going to tell me that I’m supposed to pray for the socialist devil, murderer, infanticide, who wants to see young children and he wants to see babies killed through abortion and partial-birth abortion and all these different things — you’re gonna tell me I’m supposed to pray for God to give him a good lunch tomorrow while he’s in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nope. I’m not gonna pray for his good. I’m going to pray that he dies and goes to hell. When I go to bed tonight, that’s what I’m going to pray. And you say, ‘Are you just saying that?’ No. When I go to bed tonight, Steven L. Anderson is going to pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell.

Did Kokesh know all this when he posed for a photo with the guy? Probably not.