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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. OdinVonTogan

    Neither did Reagan, Bush, Clinton, or Bush. During those years, the assault on Christianity and Religion was not halted in any way , shape or form. The Nativity Scenes were long gone from public places before Obama got there, etc., etc.

    October 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  2. W

    Why would Rand Paul care about whether the administration does anything about " violence against Christians across the Muslim world"? I thought he's against ANY foreign intervention.

    October 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • Revcraig

      Yah. A religious war is just what we need after 12 years of fighting in the sandbox. Paul is less than coherent.

      October 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  3. RF

    So now Mr. Paul wants to bring back the crusades to police the world and enforce Christianity world wide? Newsflash! Christianity is not a world wide religion. And to tie Present Obama to this is a new special kind of insanity!

    October 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
  4. highplainsparson

    It's absolutely true, and has been ignored by both parties for a long time. There is a purge of Christians in the Middle east over the last 10 years unlike any other time in the 2000 year history of Middle Eastern Christianity, coinciding with the Iraq war and the "Arab Spring." Bush is as guilty as Obama for indirectly (and, I believe inadvertently) causing it. Thankful to finally hear prominent voices speaking out in the defense of Christians, who until now have had no voice in US or International discourse. Good on Rand Paul.

    October 17, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Observer

      highplainsparson,

      "Thankful to finally hear prominent voices speaking out in the defense of Christians, who until now have had no voice in US discourse"

      Please get some logic. Christians are constantly claiming that they are the overwhelming majority in this CHRISTIAN nation.

      October 17, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • highplainsparson

        I should have been more specific. I was referring to the persecuted Church overseas. Until recently, every US and International politician has been silent on their suffering, even the American "Christ Right." I hope awareness and care increases for them more and more.

        October 17, 2013 at 11:35 am |
        • In Santa we trust

          So your god is too weak or indifferent to help?

          October 18, 2013 at 12:57 am |
        • highplainsparson

          Certainly not. Our God does as he pleases in all the earth. He has been and will always be their only Defender.

          October 18, 2013 at 10:16 am |
      • chanrazig

        Christians are greatly outnumbered in places like Iraq, Syria, Egypt and most other Asian and mid eastern countries. So being a minority and being different makes them easy targets. They loose their homes, businesses and often their lives. The developed countries, in particular, should raise a tumultuous outcry when any minority is at risk of being obliterated...anywhere.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:25 am |
    • SICKOFTHEBS

      Religion Is The Root Of All Evil....Your All A Bunch Of Brainwashed Idiots.

      October 18, 2013 at 10:11 am |
      • highplainsparson

        Thank you so much for your intelligence addition to the conversation. You have now convinced me.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  5. Atheist 4 Life

    We need a TOTAL war on ALL religion. Religion holds mankind back.

    October 17, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • H.B.

      Yes, it does, and always will, but making war on religion – even on one of them – is the worst thing we can do, because the faith under siege would merely go underground. There, it would fester, grow surly, and later re-emerge worse than it ever was before.

      You can't force people NOT to believe in something, because factors in our human nature make most people feel the NEED of a "higher power." They WILL have it, come what may.

      This is why it was wise for the founders to emphasize freedom of religion. They did it because they already KNEW, from their own experience, just how dangerous belief systems can be. By giving them freedom, they at least won't be festering maximally. They recognized that all religions have the potential to become dragons. But given their liberties, they will – most of them – become sleeping dragons.

      They made one mistake. They put no limits on what belief systems can do, what they can advocate. They had no idea that unbridled liberties would make many of them fan-atical. But it has done just that.

      Religions in America today pay no taxes, yet have more rights than those who do. And they USE those rights – the outspoken ones are bent on depriving US of our OWN religious rights – through their use of theirs. When people USE their liberties to deprive other people of their own, they've gone too far. Weaseling into politics should be flatly prohibited. Religious groups should pay at least some taxes, and function under some umbrella group of rules requiring accountability and responsibility. Today, belief systems are running amok. The damage they're already causing is incalculable, and they fully intend to do more.

      Religion, when it confines itself to the heart, the home and the house of worship is able to be highly beneficial. It's when it oozes out of its proper context that troubles begin.

      Most religious groups today behave rather well. It is our newer cults which are at the root of most of the damage belief systems are wreaking on our country right now. Those well-behaving groups will have no trouble adhering to regulations that require their responsible and mature behavior; they already DO behave that way.

      It's the ones who want to take over America who are the problem here. Not one of them believes in democracy. They can't, when what they want is a government run by a religion – theirs, of course. No religious state has EVER been truly democratic. I'd thought for a while that Israel might be an exception, but it, too, is being eroded now. The only difference with Israel is that it took longer than most to begin oppressive measures against its own people. There is much more likely to come down the road, too. This saddens me, but as a realist, I have to accept what I've learned.

      Please note, though, that there's a fundamental difference between a religion and a spirituality. Religions are organized, and by their nature, they're political. Spiritualities are usually open-ended, requiring no seminaries or madrassas to "educate" people. This is because spirituality is ordinarily very simple and straightforward. It needs no "holy writ." It is based on nature itself, on what people can observe about nature – for themselves. But it doesn't require everyone to believe, or else. Nor is it judgmental, nor does it make promises of salvation or threats of punishment. Spirituality would never have been in conflict with science, ever. Because both science and spirituality are based on a study of the "nature of Nature." No conflict.

      Humanity was profoundly better off before religions established themselves.

      October 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  6. Rick

    Rand Paul is a true nutcase! His statements should shame all Americans that an elected official is allowed to spout this drivel!

    October 17, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  7. Bubba

    I am confused. Is Rand Paul saying we should do the Christian thing and kill them all? Just set up concentration camps and systematically kill all non-Christians, because that is the Christian thing to do?
    I thought the Christian thing was to turn the other cheek, to protect ourselves while forgiving those who trespass against us, which is what we currently do.
    Someone needs to update the Christian Rule Book and let us know if we are to follow Jesus, or the Tea Party, because their messages have very few similarities: Jesus hates war, the Tea Party promotes it, Jesus loves the poor, the Tea Party hates them, Jesus denies borders, the Tea Party wants tall fences with razor wire.
    Someone please confirm if we are to follow Jesus, or the Tea Party...............

    October 17, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  8. Bmerbob

    Unbelievable that these nut jobs get elected. What a crock of horse hockey.

    October 17, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  9. Science, Not Myth

    More lunacy from and for the lunatics who believe in sky faries .

    religion = ignorance

    October 17, 2013 at 8:15 am |
    • Atheist 4 Life

      Religion means never having to take personal responsibility. "The sky fairy will take care of it", says the christian. "Allah wills that we blow up this mall", says the Muslim.

      October 17, 2013 at 11:28 am |
      • Anonymous

        Why do you atheists feel the need to come to religious based articles and make fun of the religious? Atheists complain about being mistreated in America even though they bring it upon themselves. When you Say things like "Sky fairy" or "Giant Spaghetti monster", how do you expect people to react? You can't get angry about being mistreated if YOU'RE the one who started the fight in the first place!

        October 18, 2013 at 8:55 am |
  10. Miranda Jones

    If I'm not mistaken after Rome we entered the middle ages, which is concidered by many to be a "high" in Christianity. Catholicism was the strongest religion and brought about several theocracies. Also this is when Christians got on their high horse and decided to they need to force their believes on the infedels....pretty sure this guy has his history ass backwards.

    October 17, 2013 at 4:52 am |
  11. Mkell

    I do believe he has a hole in his marble bag!

    October 17, 2013 at 12:19 am |
  12. Dan

    Rand Paul for Gitmo!

    October 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  13. Adam

    What an idiot! Who ordered the strike on Osama Bin Laden?

    October 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Observer

      Hint:

      It wasn't this guy:

      "I don't know where (bin Laden) is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him to be honest with you." "I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."
      - George W. Bush, Republican President of the United States

      October 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  14. Dormie

    Oh ffs

    October 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • Bob

      Succinct and to the point. I like it.

      October 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  15. I AM

    It is very clear this man has no brain. The question is , how can he keep talking ?

    October 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  16. Sivick

    can he be a bigger idiot?? if he wants to start the crusades back up I am definitely voting no on that.

    October 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  17. BOb the Prairie Dog

    I'm so thankful that agnostics don't have a bunch of idiotic talking heads always souring our dogma. Seems like those humans who can't function without an answer to the unanswerable need constant reinforcement and encouragement.

    October 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  18. Larry

    The easiest way to find a demagogue is to see who finds an "Enemy" and proclaims "He will defend us". Instead of concentrating on jobs and finding solutions to help the less fortunate Rand Paul finds "Enemies". Nothing like a Holy War to make one feel "Important".

    October 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  19. gladiatorgrl

    WHAT's the TAX EXEMPT church for?

    "Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the Common Law." Thomas Jefferson

    October 16, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  20. Melissa

    There is no war on christianity. Christians just love to think there is.

    October 16, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Melody

      If there is no war on Christianity, then there absolutely is no so called war on women.

      October 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
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