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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. John Jacobson

    Why is it the responsibility of this country to defend christianity? We do not have a state religion. If we are to defend a religion should we not be defending all those beliefs and nonbeliefs that are being persecuted around the world, in the name of freedom of belief?

    October 16, 2013 at 11:03 am |
  2. Pete

    Rand ,how delushional,what war on christianity !!You republicans ,the bible toting ignorents are what's wrong with christianity,religions because you're using it as a leverage devise for ,against your political agendas...What ever happened with seperation of church and state and its consequences if you religious freaks stuck your nose in politics too deep and IRS paid you and your churches a visit !!Ask Billy Graham or others ,they remember!!

    October 16, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  3. mlynn

    This is why Agnosticism is the rational conclusion. Even if there is a higher power I do not think ANY religion is the "one". There have been far too many thousands of gods, and dieties, and religious followings for any single one to be correct. Why anyone thinks that thier god and thier book is worth killing for.....when there have existed thousands of gods and thousands of stories.....is beyond me. Yours is one of many. Your beliefs aren't unique. They can never be proven to be correct. No god, should any exist, assuming it is a god of love, would approve of the hatred, bigotry, or religious wars which have been carried out in his name. Now a member of our government is calling for a holy war? I believe more followers than not will end up in hell for thier abhorant behavior in the name of "god". Including every single one that would harm another person in his name.

    October 16, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  4. amy

    Christianity has become marginalized. And the Christians are flipping out. It is always scary when something powerful loses it's power.

    October 16, 2013 at 7:27 am |
  5. hello

    Its this kind of b_S that has gotten the US in economic disaster.. we have a "we can buy anything" with our borrowed invisible money. So sure lets fund a save Christianity global war..and finish off the US once and for all.. Hope you can speak Chinese! You will need it when they take over the US...

    October 16, 2013 at 2:07 am |
  6. hello

    So just who is going to cough up the money for this? lets see... US tax payers? of course.. we can chitz gold bricks on demand.. right?

    October 16, 2013 at 2:03 am |
  7. Human just like you

    I think we need to stop hurting each other I don't understand the world I'm a Christian and I only a man so I stay in my place I was taught to spread the good news of Jesus no to force it so when I here of people hurting people and they worship God God is good not bad so no matter what you call God it's not your place to tell some one they can't worship there God this holy war no this the good guy always wins so search deep with in your self ask your self do I hurt other people and if yes you need to under stand that you may be in for a surprised your God may be evil so let's judge are own actions

    October 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
    • Jadugara

      LEARN TO PROPERLY PUNCTUATE YOUR SENTENCES, PLEASE! Giant run-on sentences make no sense, and end up getting ignored...

      October 16, 2013 at 1:38 am |
  8. AJ

    Rand Paul is insane, and fires these flames to galvanize a radical religious political base with a persecution complex. When will the sheeple discover they are nothing more than political pawns?

    October 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
  9. Andres

    I think we are getting tired of religion and thats why our government dont care.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
  10. Pieter

    What are you doing to stop this Paul?

    October 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
  11. Profbam

    The Bush/Cheney administration was virulently anti-Christian as they used the 'faith-based' initiative among other maneuvers to corrupt religion in America.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
  12. SkepticalOne

    It is NOT the job of the POTUS to protect foreign citizens no matter what their religion is. Rand Paul sounds like he wants to start a holy war.

    October 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  13. Pam

    Christianity will always win. One cannot fight against God and come out on top.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • ed

      Oh goodie. Then we can save a bunch of money and not worry about people outside the U.S. For that matter we can completely ignore any claim of Christian persecution, since all will be healed with His final judgment. Well that makes things simpler.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
      • Pam

        How on earth did you read that into what I said?

        October 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  14. Atheist, me?

    Oh Mellissa...?
    Are u really sure Atheism and Agnosticism are gaining ground. Unbelief is not non-belief. Some do not believe in God but that does not make them Atheists or Agnostics which are members of non-belief religions.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  15. Dan J

    "War on Christianity" is the wrong term. "War on Christians" is the better term. You want to attack the religion, go ahead, its your right. But don't kill the people BECAUSE of their beliefs. That's the problem.
    Keep in mind that Christians in the middle east are the indigenous people of their respective regions. Typically, their not arab, and they have their own culture. They happen to be Christian. They're also being killed at a significantly higher rate in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt,Turkey and Lebanon. They have also fled their countries at a higher rate. They, as an ethnicity (not a religion), are on the brink of extinction. The situation is nearly identical to the Trail of Tears.
    And our country is staying on the sidelines. While Rand Paul is distorting the facts and turning this into an ideological battle, Obama is doing nothing. Ironically, the congresswoman who is the most active on this, Anna Eshoo, is a staunch democrat. It's not about political parties, its actually not really about religion. But it is absolutely our government's inaction that should be admonished.

    October 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  16. simkatu

    So Rand Paul would support giving President full authority to commit drone strikes and to send US Troops into whatever Middle Eastern country he wants? What a joke. Every time Obama gets tough on our enemies the Republicans claim Obama is overreaching and putting American lives at risk for no reason. If Obama decides to stay out of a fight, then he's called a chicken.

    The Republicans need to get their message straight. Is Obama a power hunger dictator unduly throwing his influences across the globe, or is he a meek do-nothing empty suit?

    Look guys, it can't be both ways. You have to pick one. Is he too powerful or a weakling?

    October 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Rand Paul espouses a non-interventionist foreign policy and yet complains that Obama won't intervene. What an absolute tool!

      October 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Chicagoan

      Obviously, no, the US should NOT attack countries for this. What Obama should do is end aid to countries which have governments or laws which persecute Christians. Sending aid to such countries runs counter to the first amendment.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Stop aide only to countries that persecute christians or to countries that persecute any individual or group for their religious beliefs or lack thereof?

        October 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          And yes, aide should have been aid.

          October 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
        • Chicagoan

          People should be free to believe what they want. I only mentioned Christians because the article is talking about them.

          October 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          So you would stop aid to all countries that persecute anyone for any religious beliefs? Who would you rely on to determine persecution has taken place?

          October 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  17. voteemallout

    what a bunch of pandering hooey. the more we see this guy the more we know he's peaked.

    October 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
  18. Ernest

    That other Paul – the trouble-maker: "Christians are under attack almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages".

    Maybe I missed something. Did Paul and his brand of make-believers ever leave the "Middle Ages"?

    October 15, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Melissa

      lol. The problem is, christianity was VERY powerful in the middle ages. So under attack how?

      October 15, 2013 at 11:12 am |
      • Ernest

        lol. no I was just thinking of the world view of many of them. For instance the type that refuses medical care for their young.

        October 15, 2013 at 11:23 am |
        • Melissa

          I was thinking more about the type that go to war while claiming to be loving.

          October 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
  19. Melissa

    Obama doesn't need to lift a finger against Christianity and he doesn't talk about it much. The Christians are destroying themselves without any help.

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

      The demise of Christianity seems to be happening fairly quietly. I think that's great. Eventually Christianity should join other god myths of history like those about the Greek gods.

      A few prominent nutbars like Rand Paul are exploiting the remaining Christian sheep, since it's so easy to manipulate such people, but other Republicans know they can only take that exploitation so far and long term it is not a path to success.

      October 15, 2013 at 9:56 am |
      • Melissa

        lol. Exactly. It's just like every other mythology. Eventually it will be put by the wayside and replaced, just like every other religion. Religions are man made anyway. The reasons the ancients put these kinds of beliefs in things no longer apply because most of it has been explained by science. It's time to let it go.

        October 15, 2013 at 10:21 am |
      • franklovesfl

        Funny, but 85% of Americans answered a poll saying they believe in God and yet you talk as if that's not true.

        October 15, 2013 at 11:27 am |
        • Melissa

          Everywhere in the world, atheism and agnosticism are gaining ground. The US is the single most religious nation of christians on the planet. The US is behind in almost every possible way compared to other nations except for in the way of money. That is NOT a good thing.

          October 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
  20. Cthulhu

    I am an atheist and not a fan of Rand Paul, yet I believe he has a point here. The purpose of Islam is to destroy the heretics (not just the christians) and so it is a threat to us all. The larger issue is whether we want to allow the Western ideals of democracry and freedom to be subjugated to Isalamic theocracy and intolerance.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • HotAirAce

      What form of government a country chooses is none of the USA's businesses.

      October 15, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • Melissa

      We are already subjugated. By the corporations.

      October 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
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