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Rand Paul: Obama won't stop war on Christianity
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says the Obama administration has not countered Muslim extremists.
October 11th, 2013
02:33 PM ET

Rand Paul: Obama won't stop war on Christianity

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky devoted his speech to the socially conservative Values Voter Summit to “a war on Christianity” that is being waged by “fanatics of Islam.”

Much of Paul’s speech was a list of violence against Christians across the Muslim world, highlighting what he said was “not a little problem” and something that is “not going away quickly.”

“Across the globe, Christians are under attack almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or we lived under early pagan Roman rule,” Paul said. “This administration does nothing to stop it and it can be argued that it is giving aid and comfort to those who tolerate these crimes.”

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Foreign policy • Islam • Leaders • Persecution • Religious liberty • Religious violence

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  1. mike trottier

    I Will NEVER vote for a teatard,......period!
    rand paul,...ted (the communist Cuban) cruz, , sarah (the quitter) palin are what's wrong with this country.
    Do they really think Americans will vote for them?
    C'mon America,........do you really want people like these three running OUR country?

    October 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Charlie Avila

    I don't know how come Americans, the tea party and Republicans can't understand that Obama is "MUSLIM". We have our worst enemy in the White House. Speaking lies to the public, he reached the presidency and was re-elected. He planned to destroy the United States since he was senator, and when he speaks he pronounces a sound (an evil sound) that convinces listeners. The sound is a characteristic of the evil to make listeners think that he's saying the truth. Besides, Obama knew (since he was senator), that being the president, his supporters and followers, wouldn't believe his evil agenda against Christians, Americans and the country itself!!!...So, the worst thing most Americans did, was to believe in Obama, the bible says that men shouldn't trust the other men...So, Obama is NOT American HEART.....

    October 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • mike trottier

      I need facts. Show me where anything you'd said is true,....give me some facts.
      Actually,.....I think you are a bigger IDIOT than Cruz, Palin, and rand paul put together.
      SHOW US SOME FACTS to back up your theory,.....JERK!

      October 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
      • Charlie Avila

        I know, Obama is an evil Muslim......NO American and Christian heart!!!!....

        October 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
        • John

          More tea, Rush Hannity? Is the thought of an American black man so against what you John Birch types believe in that you would shut down the government in an attempt to make your point?
          The sooner your type, "angry white guy", dies off, the better for America. You are a divisive piece of shit. You are neither Christian nor "patriotic". You are, quite simly, a racist religious bigot.

          October 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
        • Bennett Nash

          @Charlie Avila,
          How do you know? Just saying things over and over doesn't make them so. Where's your proof? Where's your information?

          Repeating personal biases without proof is junk science. Tell you what Charlie: why not apply for a job as a climatologist? Climatologists are always looking for good junk scientists to support their phony liberal Global Warming theory, and you're a liberal junk scientist of the first order.

          You won't have to know what you're doing. You won't have to do any reasearch, present any kind of proof, publish any papers. You know – just keep doing what you're doing now: repeat unproven things over and over again. You'll make a lot of money being the champion Global Warming Junk Scientist. Sure beats getting nothing at all for posting in an internet forum.

          October 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
        • Observer

          "phony liberal Global Warming theory"

          lol. Tell the Alaskans who are watching the sea creep steadily towards their homes.

          Why not START doing some research, even if you are a conservative (apparently).

          October 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
        • Bennett Nash

          @Observor,

          It's actually "irony". i-r-o-n-y. You see, I was making fun of Charlie's conservative brand of junk science, and....

          Oh, never mind.

          October 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • Observer

      Charlie Avila,

      You are joking, right? It doesn't seem possible that anyone could be that delusional. Yours was a satire, right?

      October 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
      • Bennett Nash

        @Observor,,
        If his post was satire, then mine was a satire on satire. With irony, of course.

        This is all so deep. So deep.

        October 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  3. Glen Shelley

    Any persecution based on ones beliefs is wrong, but the victors traditionally get to define, in the public arena, what persecution is or is not. The perceived victims of said persecution then decry, "I've been persecuted, are you going to let this stand?" Meanwhile the debate rages on as to whether persecution is occurring. The shedding of blood is clearly not the only form of persecution, but will you and I agree here on American soil, prior to that shedding of blood. We will we agree that ANY persecution based on ones beliefs is wrong? I suspect not, because holding those in power to account for their biases does not seem to be on the agenda. Grabbing the spoils and minimizing poor behavior that leads to ever increasing forms of persecution however, does seem all the rage.

    October 19, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Bennett Nash

      @Glen Shelly,

      " I suspect not, because holding those in power to account for their biases does not seem to be on the agenda. Grabbing the spoils and minimizing poor behavior that leads to ever increasing forms of persecution however, does seem all the rage."

      "All the rage"? Where have you been for the last 10 million years or so? This behavior was invented when apes became social. We developed big brains not to conquer our environment or to outwit our predators and prey, but to deal with *each other*. Think interms of "empire" in our recorded history. That's what we use our "big brains" for. Prey animals, predators, environment – all incidental. Other apes? Get 'em!

      October 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  4. JJ

    More of this 'war on Christianity' nonsense? Conservatives sure do have a victim complex.

    October 18, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
  5. Nathan

    It's like he's actually trying to be taken less seriously than his father. Weird.

    October 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  6. rustacus21

    ... 'pandering' to kooks is still pandering, by whatever name U wanna call it...

    October 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
  7. CBP

    Senator Paul has a new angle. He is just continuing the battle against President Obama and the far right's opinions about the President's religion. They do not seem to understand that a person's religion is their own business. The USA does not have an official religion and there does not seem to be a war on any religion here.

    Perhaps he wishes we would all believe as he does but that is not going to be. Each American is free to believe as he/she wishes. It is time to talk about the real problems and move forward. Sen.Paul should be in the Capitol working on the country's business. He needs to stop trying to start another rumor about President Obama.

    October 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  8. letsgetweirddddd

    Anyone who believes that Rand Paul actually is believes what he is telling these groups is a bigger sucker than the people eating this stuff up.

    Rand Paul sold out long ago and those of us who truly endorse libertarian ideals are sick of his name being lumped in with us.

    October 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • Nathan

      ^This. I used to proudly tell everyone I was a libertarian up until libertarians when extra nutbaggery after 9/11. We were always a little kooky, but most I'd met were rational. Now everyone things libertarians are best represented by Alex Jones and the Pauls–to the point I just tell most people I'm Independent now instead of libertarian because i don't want to be associated with these pandering, extremist clowns.

      October 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Bennett Nash

      @letsgetweirddddd

      Correct. He doesn't really believe what he says. He's just pandering for votes.

      Just like the anarchists, oops, I mean, libertarians.

      October 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  9. Jim P.

    Not the government's job to defend one religion over others, especially in other parts of the world and he would do well to remember what Christians did to "pagans" and even each other once they got power in the Roman Empire and what Christians did to Moslems in, say, all four Crusades. Not to mention butchering tens of thousands of "fellow" Christians when they took Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade...now 8there's Christian endeavour at work.

    October 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • Anonymous

      Why do you continue to only verbally attack Christians? Yes, what Christians did in the crusades was wrong, but the Muslims started it. And Christians only did what they did because they were told to do so by the Catholic Church.

      October 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  10. ART

    This man went to medical school? I find it hard to believe, every word that come out of his mouth is nonsense

    October 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  11. Dave Harris

    Isn't the Middle Ages when Christians got to persecute everybody else? When Republicans don't know basic history, they just make it up. Since they lie about everything anyway, what does it matter?

    October 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • Larry

      You hit the nail right on the head Dave.....well said!

      October 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
      • snoderly gestures

        Yes, that was astute. Brilliant.

        Not.

        October 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  12. karen

    This is just another of Rant's erratic pushes for becoming president. He's a pathetic stale bowl of lumpy tea-party pudding.

    October 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  13. txlostwolf

    American christian taliban at work. This was founded as a secular country. If you want a theocracy move to Iran.

    October 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  14. Scott Gorin

    Religion is for crooks, screw ups and perverts. Rand Paul needs to look in the mirror and ask himself which one is he?

    October 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  15. Frank A

    That's funny. Rand Paul won't stop his war on SANITY either!

    October 18, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  16. AngryJew

    In Israel and the occupied West Bank Christians are mistreated by Jews and their holy sites are desecrated. How about a war against Israeli Bigotry?

    October 18, 2013 at 4:37 am |
  17. gahh

    OMG, this nitwit takes money from the billionaire Koch Brothers, who want to take over the federal government, so they can get more rich, and more powerful, while running around using Christianity as their sounding board. None of these so called Christian Conservative hypocrites, including Rant Paul, know nothing about the workings of Christianity, and God, or they couldn't vote to hurt children, elderly, and disabled, through their cuts, while kissing billionaire butt.

    October 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • AKOC

      Stop...just STOP with the ad hominem attacks, conspiracies and general vilification. Can you argue with ANYTHING he's actually SAYING here?? Now this is where you call calling Muslim terrorists, welll..."Muslim" as Islamophobia (ex NO. 9932350...Fort Hood) and compare that to the atrocities committed against Christians every DAY in the Middle East, isn't it? One trillion, bajillion bucks you also bring up the crusades had I not just typed this sentence.

      October 18, 2013 at 4:52 am |
  18. A. Reasoner

    Oh, so it's kind of like the Christians war on gays across the globe. Why don't you just say it Rant Paul, the problem is religion. Nothing good comes from believing without a shred of evidence and against a mountain of it. When the holy are convinced they are doing god's work, not only is anything atrocity permitted, it's often mandatory.

    October 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  19. Say what

    Thousands of years should be a reminder that Islam is a bad and has no place on earth

    October 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • AngryJew

      Bah! What about Judaism?

      October 18, 2013 at 4:38 am |
  20. Ol' Yeller

    They should just keep praying for their God to come smite those evil doers. Why should my tax dollars be spent to protect individuals in other countries (heavy on the plural there, does rand want to invade them all)? How much will this cost? Will we raise taxes on the rich to support this Holy War, or will they want to cut healthcare for poor little American children (perhaps poor little Christian American children)? This is nonsense and just his ginning up the base like they always do. What did that get us last time? Answer- ted cruz, rand paul, and the rest of the te ab aggers. Thanks but no thanks... should've had the Seargent at Arms drag them off with that other loon.

    October 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
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