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

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  1. Matt

    The Liberals have always been hiding Obama's true religion for some reason or another. Action speaks more than words. Obama can tell the whole world he is Christian but fron his action, we all know that he is of the Islamic faith! America wake up, the Liberals are in control of the media and will control the correct flow of information. We have all been fooled by the great deceiver in the white house!

    October 15, 2013 at 9:21 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      As if you could possibly know what President Obama's "true" religion is.

      October 15, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • Melissa

      Oh grow up. You don't know his "true religion". You just choose to believe everything the crazy people tell you because you don't like Obama.

      October 15, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Ann

      Wow, Matt, you must be right! What gave him away - going to a Christian church regularly for decades, just in case he became president?

      October 15, 2013 at 9:55 am |
      • Sheila

        Ann, awesome reply. 🙂

        October 15, 2013 at 9:57 am |
        • Ann

          People who want to think he's a muslim forget that the first thing he was criticized for in that area was going to the WRONG Christian church. It's so much more fun to make him a muslim, I guess.

          October 15, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • In Santa we trust

      Is it hidden behind his birth certificate?

      October 15, 2013 at 10:00 am |
      • HotAirAce

        What birth certificate?

        October 15, 2013 at 10:02 am |
        • Melissa

          The one released years ago. You blind?

          October 15, 2013 at 10:19 am |
        • HotAirAce

          Sorry, my attempt at humor missed the mark. Trust me, I am no birther!

          October 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      With all that exposure in his youth, it is no wonder Obama caught a cage of the raging Islams.
      It's a communicable disease, just like the Flu or hom/ose/xuality, right?

      October 15, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Observer


      Your comment is beyond ridiculous. Islam is a faith that requires constant religious practices. There is ZERO PROOF that President Obama engages in them. If there was any proof at all, FAUX News would have it on 24 hours a day.

      Think before commenting next time.

      October 15, 2013 at 10:54 am |
    • tallulah13

      Are you a christian, Matt? Because I was wondering, what does god say about bearing false witness? This accusation against our President has been proved to be false, but opposing politicians (and conservative talk show pundits) keep making it. So, do you think that god is actually okay with lying if it is politically expedient, or do your think he actually meant it when he commanded "Thou shalt not bear false witness"?

      If you are not a christian, never mind. But if you are, I'd really like to hear your take on this.

      October 15, 2013 at 11:07 am |
      • Melissa

        Last I heard, lying was bad, but an awful lot of christians do it, especially their leaders.

        October 15, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • CB

      Rush, is that you?

      October 17, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  2. Gruesome

    Rand Paul is named after, and loudly embraces the philosophy of, a person who was famously atheist. Sit down and shut up, Randy.

    October 15, 2013 at 1:05 am |
    • Froggy

      "Rand" is a nickname his wife bestowed upon him. It's short for "Randall," which is what his parents named him.

      October 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Unlike Paul Ryan who did claim to like or be influenced by Ayn Rand.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  3. Guest

    If Rand Paul knew his Bible he would know Jesus said in the latter end time days this would happen before Jesus second arrival and not even Obama can stop it.

    October 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • Observer

      lol. Bush "talked to God" frequently and he was a complete disaster as president.

      October 15, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      The bible also says the second coming would happen within one generation...100 generations later and no jesus. Myth...nothing more

      October 15, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • Anthony Crispino

      My cousin heard from his butcher that it will happen on the day after the first Monday in November.

      October 15, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • Melissa

      Yep, because magic men that live in the sky and know and see all, who created everything in existence, yet does nothing at all, and STILL have a place to send people who still a pencil but don't feel sorry for it to burn for all eternity is a loving and kind being.

      Try questioning your own garbage before you start questioning others.

      October 15, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • Melissa

      God told bush to start the war in afghanistan and iraq. Don't you remember?

      October 15, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • tallulah13

      I don't believe that Rand Paul fears you god at all. His statement is a textbook example of bearing false witness, but that doesn't phase him. He's more than happy to lie for political gain, and he's banking on believers to support him, because some sheep, as we have seen on this blog, are very easily led by the "shepherd" who tells them what they want to hear.

      October 15, 2013 at 11:00 am |
  4. smeeker

    Tax exempt property and income. I wish they would declare that kind of war on me.

    October 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      All you need to do is give up your scruples, get a bogus certificate, and start fleecing people. If you need a modern example to follow, try L. Ron Hubbard.

      October 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
  5. Hey there fellow earthlings

    Your invisible friend is none of my business. I love you with or without one and don't care which one you have if you have one. Now go play nice with one another please.

    October 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
  6. Michael

    You feel under attack because you have your self began to turn a way from his values .
    I tell you you will began to feel the oppression of those that don't beleive in God .
    Has the church become one ?
    Are all of the body's parts doing there own thing?
    Do you think that not carrieing for the widows the old and the sick is in line with the will of God.
    My advice is stop trying to be cheif!
    You are all followers so follow.
    If God would say- that all that you have belongs to him and he will Now expect 90% not 10% letting you keep what pays the bills what would you say?
    That's a heart check!
    We pleduge our aleiogions to him not some nation that my are my not be here tomorrow .
    We are not the same in heart and spirit.
    Do not say you love God and clench to you wealth.
    Do not say you love god when you do not know his heart – it is your kind that give good people a bad rap.
    Did you know that those in the first tea party where traders – ask the britts.

    October 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • Observer


      "You feel under attack because you have your self began to turn a way from his values ."

      Do you mean not supporting slavery anymore, for example? But it's still good to support discrimination against gays, right?

      October 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      Only for the new visitors to this blog:

      Strong circ-umstantial evidence that there is no god (or did they all die as martyrs?)

      Number of god's creations who died horrible deaths from the following diseases:

      1. 300,000,000 approx.

      2. 200,000,000 ?

      3. 100,000,000 approx.
      Black Death

      4. 80,000,000–250,000,000

      5. 50,000,000–100,000,000
      Spanish Flu

      6. 40,000,000–100,000,000
      Plague of Justinian

      7. 40,000,000–100,000,000

      8. 30,000,000[13]
      AIDS pandemic

      9. 12,000,000 ?
      Third Pandemic of Bubonic Plague

      10. 5,000,000
      Antonine Plague

      11. 4,000,000
      Asian Flu

      12. 250,000 or more annually Seasonal influenza

      October 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • Froggy

        So, the reason God doesn't exist is because if He did, the world would be very different? Typical. Most atheists really do believe in God, but deny He exists because they're mad at Him.

        October 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Mad at god? Really, mad at a myth? Give us a break!!!

          More circ-umstantial evidence that there is no god:

          The Twenty (or so) Worst Things GOD'S CREATURES Have Done to Each Other:

          M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

          The Muslim Conquest of India

          "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

          Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

          1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

          2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

          3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

          4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

          5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

          6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

          7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

          8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

          9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

          10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

          11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

          12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

          13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

          14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

          15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

          16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

          17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Christians)

          18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

          19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

          20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

          October 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  7. kondordisqus

    I didn't put him in office and as a lifelong resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I would like to apologize to the entire nation and the world for this loon.

    It is only a matter of time before he utters the sound bite or two that will end his constant annoyance. Until then, please just ignore the man behind the curtain. He is of no concern.

    October 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • Pablo

      I did lose respect for him because of this. Never been to Kentucky, but heard great things about it.

      October 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
      • sam stone

        kentucky is nice. but, i got to go through ohio to get there and i do not care for ohio

        October 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
  8. Richard Cranium

    This is a spotlight on the dangers of christianity.
    This moron wants to base American policy on his christian beliefs, and to punish any country where crimes against christians happen. It is this sort of christianity that I most disagree with. If he wants to do something as a citizen, fine, but to throw all of America into his campaign will only make people like me suffer for HIS belief. Throw him out of office, he is trying to severely overstep his bounds.

    October 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    “a war on Christianity” that is being waged by “fanatics of Islam.”

    This is like Star Trek and Star Wars nerds arguing which movie is better.

    But it doesn't matter, because neither are real.

    October 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  10. Perfect example why Christians get beat up: Bill Deacon

    People like Bill Deacon are exactly the reason Christians get beat up on occasion. Every year American Atheists get attacked during street fairs for just having a booth , they only let people come to them , but Christians get outraged and smash their booth and get hauled away by the cops, usually shouting profanity in the name of God lol! Please post more videos of Christians getting beat up. I can never get enough of those.

    October 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  11. A. Reasoner

    But Mr. Paul, Christians do live in the middle ages following a cobbled-together collection of writings based on tales of Bronze to Iron age illiterates.

    October 14, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      How can illiterates write? Is that part of the diabolical plan of the sheepherders to take over the world and control the masses?

      October 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
      • Observer

        Do you mean as in "the lord is my shephard"?

        October 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Billy D, I'm surprised a man of your brilliance can't correctly par.se "collection of writings based on tales."

        October 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  12. Ctrygrl

    And Mr. Paul if you were president would you suit up in your armor and start a crusade? Mr. Paul's remarks are meaningless. He has neither his fathers wit nor his integrity, but he got a double dose of obfuscation and ambition.

    October 14, 2013 at 10:54 am |
    • Conjuring Cat

      No, ma'am, what he would do is send our sons off to fight his War on Teh Moozlums(tm)...

      October 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    From the photo caption above: "Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says the Obama administration has not countered Muslim extremists."

    Tell that to Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leadership taken out by drones, the three Somali pirates and countless other targets of covert operations.

    October 14, 2013 at 12:08 am |
    • Atheists are wrong about Jesus and ancient religion

      As we always say, consider that source – Rand Paul is a radical extremist.

      October 14, 2013 at 7:55 am |
  14. Len Tyron

    Rand Paul....who wants to destroy Medicare ,Social Security, Medicaid and cut Disability....food stamp for children....
    Head Start for children.....is lecturing us on Christianity !

    October 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I think the usual line on this is that people of faith should be looking after people who are sick, or poor and hungry. Bush Sr.'s thousand points of light, if you remember.

      October 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
      • Phelix Unger

        Lyric from the Neil Young song, "Got a Thousand Points of Light for The Homeless man"

        October 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
    • lawks

      Rand Paul is an idiot and doesn't know what he's talking about. He thinks conservatism is Christianity I guess.

      October 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
  15. Neo Agnostic

    If prayer changes things, what about that couple who's daughter was sick and refused to get medical treatment and prayed for god to heal her and she died? PRayer changes anything, and considering that is pretty much all you ever post, just tells me that you are nothing but a troll looking to stir up people with you asinine comment.

    October 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  16. Neo Agnostic

    What about the Christian war on Halloween?

    October 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • You can't be serious

      That's like saying anti-Semitic comments would be acceptable because of the war on non kosher foods.

      October 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  17. 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. God never said what your "sin" was. Millions and millions of animals slaughtered.

    October 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  18. SFeighner

    If prayer changes everything why are you and your ilk still here?

    October 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Lisa

      I second that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Really?

    "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

    That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

    October 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  20. Jesus

    Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

    An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

    The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!

    October 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • nope

      @phony jesus

      October 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
      • common sense

        Best response to phony jesus ever!

        October 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
      • .

        nope is a dope

        October 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • josh

      I will pray for you. What the hey?, nothing else seems to work for you.

      October 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
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