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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. Apple Bush

    At least one thing is 100% certain. The Dolphins will not lose on Sunday.

    October 12, 2013 at 1:39 am |
  2. Where is your God now?

    A 2-year-old - reportedly the son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson - has died, police say. The boyfriend of the child's mother has been arrested.

    October 12, 2013 at 1:37 am |
  3. Matt

    -The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. ~Ben Franklin

    October 12, 2013 at 12:34 am |
  4. Matt

    -The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.
    ~Sigmund Freud

    October 12, 2013 at 12:33 am |
    • Matt

      I find it convenient that we have the same name. So as not to confuse, I am not you.

      October 12, 2013 at 6:59 am |
  5. Mince

    You have no right to forget how brutally Christianity acted when it thought it was right, and strong, and powerful. A horrible framework of lies that was really real to people...when it was imagined for them...... by a sadistic, North African pseudo intellectual.
    – Hitchphrase

    October 12, 2013 at 12:32 am |
  6. Topher

    If you are going to pick just one god out of thousands, I HIGHLY recommend Bast, the ancient Egyptian cat goddess.

    October 12, 2013 at 12:30 am |
    • bast

      in the clear white circles of morning wonder i take my place with the lord of the hills
      and the blue eyed soldiers stand slightly discoloured in neat little rows sporting canvas frills

      The legends (worded in
      the ancient tribal hymn)
      lie cradled in the seagull's call.
      And all the promises they made are ground beneath the sadist's fall.

      But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the self-righteous atheists and other lying hypocrites and fools who think they are better than others, but i have come to seek those who are lost

      October 12, 2013 at 2:18 am |
  7. LOt

    God is more of a guru, someone to turn to, a friend when you are in need.
    HE wouldn't do anything, like bugger around with Job to prove a point.
    – Hitchslap

    October 12, 2013 at 12:28 am |
  8. bostontola

    It's one thing to ask if god(s) exist, it's another to ask if the god(s) of man's religions exist.

    The former is unknowable right now. There is a lot of evidence that latter can be answered in the negative.

    All religions were man made, at a time science didn't exist and man had little explanation for the natural world. Any read of scripture clearly shows it is limited by the contemporary knowledge and moral states of that time. The only way to take them seriously is to "interpret" them and ignore obsolete information (like dragons, slavery, killing adulterers, etc.).

    October 12, 2013 at 12:24 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      When people are clear about what the mean by "God" it can become easy enough to handle:

      God is a necessary being, exists in all possible worlds.
      God has impossible attributes: God can and does perform logically impossible acts (miracles).
      (Hence) Logically impossible events can occur in all possible worlds.
      So, all possible worlds are impossible worlds.

      October 12, 2013 at 12:36 am |
  9. Matt

    Every written message has an author. The meaning of a message is not to be found in the physics and chemistry of the paper and ink. DNA is a fantastic biological message and infers an author.

    October 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • Observer

      If for something to exist, then something must have created, right? Does God exist? Who created God?

      October 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      DNA does not imply a supernatural author.

      October 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
  10. Matt

    Everyone believes in the "uncreated," the eternal. Theists believe in an uncreated, eternal God. Atheists believe in uncreated, eternal matter and energy.

    October 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • Observer

      Matt,

      Atheists ONLY have to believe there are no gods. Anything else you suggest is entirely dependent on the individual's beliefs. Don't make false assumptions about an entire group.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  11. Observer

    “The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. … For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish supersti-tions.”
    - Albert Einstein, letter 1/3/1954

    October 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
  12. Matt

    Galileo, Kepler, Copernicus, and Newton (the fathers of the scientific revolution) believed that the universe had laws governing it because they first believed in a law giver, God. One must have "faith" that the universe is intelligible to do science.

    October 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • a reasonable atheist

      No faith is necessary where demonstration is possible.

      October 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  13. Matt

    "If God does not exist, everything is permissible"–Dostoyevsky

    October 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • Observer

      ONE writer's opinion.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
  14. justinstl

    Why should he or any president counter any measures that attack faith? That's the job of preachers......has no place in government. Whats wrong with people these days to put faith hopes and dreams of afterlife before real life now?

    October 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  15. Bootyfunk

    actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

    October 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  16. defender

    Of course...... Obama hates Christians!

    October 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Many people do. But that doesn't mean perpetual war against Christianity. That's something people like Rand Paul need.

      October 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
    • Kelly

      Oh, nonsense. He IS a Christian, no matter what Faux Noise tells you. Cut the hysteria. Christians are fine in this country. What's NOT fine are assholes like Rand Paul stirring up rumors with his nasty rhetoric just to pander to the crazy people that believe in his silly, non-existant "war on Christians" in America.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
  17. Conjuring Cat

    Sure dies! Among other things, it causes some people to blow up abortion clinics–with people inside them. Eric Rudolph much?...

    October 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • Conjuring Cat

      Sure DOES, too. Rented fingers...

      October 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • Observer

      Atheists have brutally tortured and murdered more innocent people in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries.

      October 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
      • Observer

        Christian women have aborted over 50 million babies.

        October 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
      • Observer

        God says he HATES LIARS.

        Looks like faith is in BIG TROUBLE. OOOOOPS.

        October 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
      • Observer

        No atheist ever did anything remotely close to this:

        (Gen. 7:21) “And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and ALL HUMAN BEINGS”

        ALL HUMAN BEINGS DEAD!

        OOOOPS.

        October 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
  18. Observer

    My bad... atheism really is disgusting .

    October 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
  19. Observer

    (Gen. 7:21) “And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and ALL HUMAN BEINGS”

    Tough luck, kids.

    Tough luck to other living things, too.

    October 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • Observer

      Qu eers and atheists sure are responsible for a lot of bad things happening.

      October 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
      • Observer

        faith/hharri/MAX,

        You've been reported again.

        October 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
      • Observer

        Thats just it ... i'm telling. I am such a pathetic loser

        October 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
      • dewie

        im an ass i no.

        October 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
  20. Ken Margo

    The solution to this problem is simple! Just pray that the islamists don't attack you. Christians give god credit for ANYTHING they perceive as good, Yet have a problem saying his name when he isn't "helping out". Maybe allah is a badder dude and staking his claim to be a GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) 🙂

    October 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • Akira

      Lol. Or Rand Paul can get a clue and stop talking as if managing the world's religions just don't fall within the scope of Obama's responsibilities to America...and stop his posturing hyperbole.

      October 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
      • Akira

        Well, I completely botched that post, but I hope you know what I meant...lol.

        October 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
        • Ken Margo

          I know what you meant. Your Bears beat my Giants 🙁

          October 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
        • Akira

          What can I say? DA BEARS.
          I'm partial. Can you tell?

          October 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
        • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

          Clearly God does not favor the New York football Giants this year.

          Are they not saying their locker room prayers. Perhaps they should 'Tebow' more?

          October 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
        • Ken Margo

          Tebowing didn't help the Jets.

          October 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
        • Jeb

          Tebowing doesn't really help Tebow.

          October 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          It does seem to work when they win.

          October 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        But if the Devil were the ultimate threat to our national security (and clearly he is) wouldn't a president with courage strip off his shirt and take him on? Teddy Roosevelt would.

        October 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
        • Akira

          But could the Bull Moose Party beat the Tea Party? And, personally, I don't want to see neither Paul nor Obama sans shirt.

          October 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
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