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.”

- Dan Merica

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

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  1. Updegraff

    As if we lived in the Middle Ages, like, when Europe was known as "Christendom"? You mean when the Christians in power conducted "Inquisitions" to purge the other Christians who weren't "orthodox" enough, and persecuted Jews, and waged the Holy Crusades to defeat Islam? You mean those Middle Ages?

    October 12, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  2. WhenCowsAttack

    Wait- I thought the Bible said that people should expect to be persecuted for following Jesus, and that it was a blessing?

    Ungrateful Christians.

    October 12, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Agnostickids

      Oh yeah, good point!

      Christians = Hypocrites

      October 12, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  3. War on Christians must stop!

    Basic human right includes the right to choose your faith according to your conscience , to violate this basic right is violation of human freedom.

    “There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands.”
    –Civitas Report, December 2012

    “The position of Christians in the region [the Middle East] is more vulnerable than it has been for centuries.”
    –Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

    “We cannot accept and thereby facilitate what looks more and more like a particularly perverse program of cleansing in the Middle East, religious cleansing.”
    –Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy

    “The future of Christians in the Middle East is very bleak. What has happened in Iraq and Syria is de facto ethnic cleansing of Christians.”
    Neil Hicks, Human Rights First

    October 12, 2013 at 8:42 am |
    • Jonathan

      "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed." Isaiah 1:17

      October 12, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Then the christian cults should get together to protect themselves or move without any government involvement.

      October 12, 2013 at 10:36 am |
      • HotAirAce

        With all the protection of civilian government that any citizen would get regardless of the delusions they suffer from, of course.

        October 12, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • tallulah13

      So what? Really, so what? Once upon a time North America was home to many nations all with their own gods. Then the Europeans came and took the land, drove people from their homes and forced them to worship their new white god. Perhaps we should give this land back to the people who owned it first and start respecting their gods. Let's clean up our own back yard before worrying about the yards of others.

      History moves on. Land changes hands, kingdoms rise and fall, gods come and go. If christianity is not the primary religion in the middle east, then it will be driven out. This is how the world operates.

      October 12, 2013 at 11:10 am |
      • WhenCowsAttack

        So very well stated. I'm befuddled that Christians seem to think we should treat their religion with as much reverence as they do.

        October 12, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • War on Christians must stop!

      “Across the globe, Christians are under attack almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or we lived under early pagan Roman rule,” Sen. Rand Paul

      October 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Sounds like progress to me, as long as no one gets physically hurt.

        October 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
      • Conjuring Cat

        And I should believe Rand Paul exactly WHY? And even if so, just how much do you want your taxes to go up to fight all these wars against the "persecutors of Christianity(tm)" you obviously want fought?...

        October 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Seems to me islam is under attack in the USA. Would Randy Pauly support an effort to stop that persecution in his own country first?

        October 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
        • Conjuring Cat

          Of course he wouldn't, HAA; Them-thur Moozlums(tm) chose the wrong religion, after all, according to him...

          October 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
      • Observer

        Rand Paul said that.

        So why are you taking it seriously?

        October 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
  4. Reality # 2

    Read it and weep:


    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As do BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)/(As does R. Paul)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    October 12, 2013 at 8:27 am |
  5. Colin

    Hard to believe that, in the 21st Century, we are still squabbling over who has the right invisible sky-fairy.

    October 12, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Well WE aren't, but most of the world still is. But then again large percentages of the world still believe in ghosts, alien visitors, bigfoot, sasquatch, ridiculous conspiracies...the list goes on and on and on...

      October 12, 2013 at 7:40 am |
  6. Dave Green

    The only thing prayer changes is YOU. That Could be helpful, but not necessarily. Either way, your contention that not believing there is a god is unhealthy is flat out ridiculous.

    October 12, 2013 at 6:28 am |
  7. AngryJew

    Christians are persecuted in Israel and in the West bank by Jews and by the Israeli government. How do you feel about that?

    October 12, 2013 at 5:51 am |
  8. m

    Paul and his teahaddist goons are racists that worship the devil.

    October 12, 2013 at 4:55 am |
    • Observer

      You say that like its a bad thing.

      October 12, 2013 at 5:25 am |
      • AngryJew


        October 12, 2013 at 5:53 am |
    • AngryJew

      Stop picking on the poor devil, he ain't here to defend himself.

      October 12, 2013 at 5:53 am |
  9. Neo Agnostic

    If we go out and defend one religion then all the others will expect us to defend them as well, which wont work because they are fighting each other.

    October 12, 2013 at 2:56 am |
    • Apple Bush

      I am trying to understand why God can't defend religion. We certainly don't have the resources even if wanted to.

      October 12, 2013 at 3:01 am |
      • common sense

        Life is not about "religion" life is about a relationship with God. There is only one God and only one way to meet Him, through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, Savior and Author of all creation.

        October 12, 2013 at 5:39 am |
        • tallulah13

          I think it's funny that you call yourself "common sense" yet you cling to belief in a god for which there is no evidence. Common sense, indeed.

          October 12, 2013 at 11:13 am |
        • WhenCowsAttack

          It's so mean that God created so many humans all over the world who will never hear of Jesus. Brutal, really.

          October 12, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  10. Dave Green

    What are they expecting Obama to do? Don a superman costume and go beat up the bad guys? How is it that the same people arguing about run away spending, seem to have no problem spending money like it was water on foreign crusades?

    October 12, 2013 at 2:52 am |
    • Apple Bush

      What is interesting (a miracle?) is that when Republicans are in office, they defend 'merica and Christ without spending a dime. When Democrats are in office, they hate 'merica and spend billions not defending us and Christ.

      October 12, 2013 at 3:04 am |
      • Dave Green

        Are you joking? Defense spending increased 300% in the last 12 years. For free? I don't think so.

        October 12, 2013 at 3:08 am |
        • Apple Bush

          Yes Dave, I am joking. Please.

          October 12, 2013 at 3:13 am |
        • Dave Green

          sorry..I guess I'm too cynical..I actually believed someone could think that way. Glad to know they don't! 😉

          October 12, 2013 at 4:15 am |
    • ME II

      @Dave Green,
      As, I think, the article said, he wants Obama to stop supporting Muslim organizations, not start defending Christian ones.

      Personally, I think, the issue is too complex for a simple send money or don't send money. While the Muslim Brotherhood is not really supportive of democracy and many freedoms, it was democratically elected in Egypt. It's not a simple situation.

      October 12, 2013 at 11:51 am |
  11. Neo Agnostic

    First off, we have enough problems at home than fighting a war abroad to defend Christianity. If Christians are being killed in the world than thats their problem. They are the ones living in places where others are hostile towards them. It is NOT the USA's place to go out and defend christianity, just as much as it is not our place to police the world. I hate people like Rand Paul who think that is our purpose. Just like I hate those people who feel that we have to police the world. If people are killing each other in another country, I DONT CARE. Thats not my problem.

    October 12, 2013 at 2:45 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      It's hard to know what a politician really thinks. I doubt he actually loses sleep over Coptic and Syriac Christians.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:49 am |
  12. Neo Agnostic

    What war on Christianity?

    October 12, 2013 at 2:41 am |
    • Apple Bush

      The one he made up for his speech.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:42 am |
      • Neo Agnostic

        Apparently so....

        October 12, 2013 at 2:45 am |
  13. Apple Bush

    A man and woman had a little baby....

    Now there were three e e in the family.....

    October 12, 2013 at 2:40 am |
  14. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Anyone else under a ban?

    October 12, 2013 at 2:20 am |
    • Apple Bush

      I have been under a ban for many months.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:22 am |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        CNN has been a pain. I admire their persistence, ineffectual as it is.

        October 12, 2013 at 2:25 am |
        • Apple Bush

          Yes, it is tedious.

          October 12, 2013 at 2:28 am |
    • Apple Bush

      I wonder if HeavenSent got banned and that is why she disappeared? CNN wouldn't know the diff between the real one and the fakes and the fakes just go around the ban.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:30 am |
    • Apple Bush

      I wonder the same thing about Tom Tom the Piper's son. Did she bet banned? I wonder.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:33 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      She did get banned. She wasn't able to work around it. Actually, she was using the handle the Real Tom at the time..

      October 12, 2013 at 2:45 am |
      • Apple Bush

        Me I can understand, but why ban TTthePS. And you got banned too TT?

        October 12, 2013 at 2:49 am |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          Don't know. Thinning out the non-theists? I have asked. No reply.

          October 12, 2013 at 2:51 am |
      • Apple Bush

        I have seen those blogs that have only Christians and immediately kick you off as soon as the moderator decides you are not Christian. They are un-American. This blog is turning into that and that is a shame. At least when we get booted by CNN there are work-arounds so it doesn't matter.

        October 12, 2013 at 2:59 am |
        • ME II

          I'd agree if it weren't for the commercial spam possibility.

          October 12, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • tallulah13

      I realize that this is a private site, but I find things like bans to be really kind of scary. I'm a big fan of the First Amendment. I think everyone has the right to voice their opinions, even if I think that opinion is nonsense.

      October 12, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • ME II

      How do the bans here work? I, apparently, haven't been affected. Are they IP based? I'd think that they would have to be, right?

      October 12, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • Apple Bush

        Yes, IP

        October 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  15. p0p

    hanging from a tree

    October 12, 2013 at 2:00 am |
    • Observer

      Don't do that! You can get needed psychiatric help instead.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:13 am |
  16. Where is your God now?

    One year ago, Taliban gunmen in Pakistan boarded a school van and shot Malala Yousafzai, then 15, for speaking out for girls' education.

    October 12, 2013 at 1:55 am |
    • HotAirAce

      While I don't believe there are any gods myself, I think the Taliban and their god(s) must be on the run, afraid of the changes Malala might inspire.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:09 am |
      • Apple Bush

        The danger of mixing uneducated, child-like brains with brain-washing and weapons and....

        October 12, 2013 at 2:24 am |
    • Observer

      islam does not follow God.

      October 12, 2013 at 5:27 am |
      • AngryJew

        You shut up now, you hear? 🙂

        October 12, 2013 at 5:55 am |
      • ME II

        Perhaps no one does

        October 12, 2013 at 11:58 am |
      • Observer

        Those statements are from the LIAR using my name. He keeps getting reported. His time is limited.

        October 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  17. Where is your God now?

    The death toll from a ship that capsized Friday in international waters near the Italian island of Lampedusa climbed to 31, according to the Maltese military.

    October 12, 2013 at 1:50 am |
  18. Where is your God now?

    Obama is just as busy countering Christian extremists as he is Muslim extremists Rand. It is a full time job.

    October 12, 2013 at 1:48 am |
    • Matt

      Obama is Christian. You obviously like him. Why don't you ask him "Where is your God now?"

      October 12, 2013 at 8:29 am |
  19. Where is your God now?

    A gruesome snuff video that has garnered more than 180,000 views on YouTube underlines just how grim the Syrian conflict has become.

    October 12, 2013 at 1:46 am |
  20. Apple Bush

    What Rand Paul doesn't understand that religion, HIS religion is responsible for the Muslims. It is the Christians, Jews and Muslims combined that create the pitiful world we have to live in. Christianity in particular in immoral and promotes violence against non-believers. Christians and Muslims can't wait to die. Why does Rand Paul think his cult is any different???

    October 12, 2013 at 1:43 am |
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