Paul: Obama 'does nothing to stop' war on Christianity
October 11th, 2013
10:54 AM ET
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Paul: Obama 'does nothing to 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.”

Paul also touched upon his record, where he earlier this year he tried to put a halt to aid to Egypt – a nation Paul said was facilitating the war on Christianity.

“Earlier this year, I forced the Senate to vote to defund the Muslim Brotherhood and every Democrat voted to continue sending your money to the Muslim Brotherhood,” Paul said. “I can tell you one thing, as long as I am in the Senate, I will fight against sending any money to the Muslim brotherhood.”

He continued: “We send billions of dollars to Egypt to Pakistan. We have helped place Islamic regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama now sends arms to Islamic rebels in Syria. In Egypt, the mob that attacked our embassy climbed on top our embassy and burned out flag, I don’t know about you, but I have had enough. I say not one penny more to any country that would burn the American flag.”

Although his remarks were filled with applause lines, Paul’s speech was noticeably more muted than his predecessor, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.


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  1. John in Brooklyn

    Can somebody PLEASE provide evidence of any kind of "war" on Christianity...let alone the claim that it is somehow actively or even tacitly being waged by the White House? I am particularly concerned about anyone who ISN'T a conservative, evangelical Christian in the US since even so-called libertarians such as Rand Paul (the 21st century's Dan Quayle) seem to be willing to integrate explicit conservative Christian ideology into public policy, regardless of what the rest of us believe.

    October 11, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Jesus was a man of peace, not war."

    No way man. I learned at the Creation Museum that Jebus rode his armored T-Rex, Fluffy, to the holy lands and charged into battle against the heathen Muslim hordes, righteously smiting them by calling down meteors with his magic shepherd's crook.

    October 11, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. art4u2

    Another ploy to support the bunker builder's, scared to death, cardboard "CONSERVATIVES"

    October 11, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Econ301

    Rich coming from a Man named after an Russian Atheist.

    October 11, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. DannyTV

    Randy Paul is so desperate he's once again playing the "Christians are Victims" card. Actually the entire Paul family are victims of deficient mental health.

    October 11, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. confederate rose

    When will these jokers (TeaParty types) catch a clue. Americans, and yes even us southern Americans are sick to death of their BS. We aren't buying it, please stop thinking we are idiots.

    October 11, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Duke

    under the doctrine of seperation of church and state our government cannot support any religion in favor of another, nor can we deny support to a people or a country based solely on religion.

    I do not support the attempts of any religion to exterminate another, but we have to look at the actual crimes committed, not the religion of the attacked as our basis for prosecution

    October 11, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Lisa P.

    If Rand Paul now claims that a U.S. President's duties now include waging religious wars then I think we can safely say that his supposed Libertarian principles have now gone out the window. There's absolutely no way the use of state power to promote, support or defend religion of any kind can be justified under our Constitution and such notions should not be playing any part in our foreign policy either. Senator Paul has crossed the line from rule of law into la-la-land.

    October 11, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    And bland Paul and his crusading army of the inquisition have a war going on with any non believers

    October 11, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. What's in that tea anyway?

    What's funny is this clown had little to say about his Tea Team Member being a Slavery Crusader, viamant support of the infamous John Wilkes Booth for assasinating Pres. Lincoln. My mother always said "birds of a feather, flock together"....where's that sheet Sen. Rand? Good luck getting the black vote.

    October 11, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Econ301
    Rich coming from a Man named after an Russian Atheist.

    Indeed. Didn't he recently acknowledge that his SuperPAC is named after Ayn Rand as well? The Rand hypocrisy is here for all to see.

    For those who are willing to see at any rate.

    October 11, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Rand! Sponge Bob called. He wants you to take Squidward off your head and send him back to Bikini Bottom!

    October 11, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. PhillyJimi

    If you have no stance on an issue then, just create on out of nothing. There was a proposal to build a mosque near the 9-11 site and everyone freaks out. Humm, I wonder if the Islamic world felt all warm and fuzzy about America then? The freedom of religion?

    At least the theocratic Islamic states don't pretend there is freedom of religion. If you preach Christianity in an Islamic country you're going to have some problems.

    So when the USA has a chance to show the world how toleration of people of different faiths we are, our politicians spout anti-Islamic rhetoric to fan the fires of hate.

    Even if you're a person of faith can't you see how every time religion and politics get together it muddies the waters and the issues become a statements about defending faith rather then an intellectual debate about facts along with cause and effect. Every person of faith should see the cheap and obvious pandering for votes that these politicians make when they appeal to religion and faith. Just do your job and we all choose to worship or not to worship how ever we see fit.

    October 11, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Duke

    under the doctrine of seperation of church and state our government cannot support any religion in favor of another, nor can we deny support to a people or a country based solely on religion.

    I do not support the attempts of any religion to exterminate another, but we have to look at the actual crimes committed, not the religion of the attacked as our basis for prosecution
    -----------------------------
    They don't care what the law says when it contradicts their belief systems. Rick Santorum is on the record, during a radio interview in late 2011, stating that he didn't believe in separation of church and state. Santorum had been asked why he was running for POTUS. He replied that he wanted to bring christianity to DC, to bring religion into politics. It was pointed to him that his beliefs contradicted the 1st Amendment. He promptly replied that the Constitution was wrong, and that he intended to change if given a chance.

    October 11, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Pam from Iowa

    Rand Paul needs to confine his religious talk to his church and keep it out of government!!!!
    Maybe someone should read the Constitution to hiim and explain to him that it would be un-Constitutional for our government to support Christianity over any other religion.

    October 11, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Dallas

    OMG – here is the proof that this buffoon and his whole tea party crowd have gone off the deep end. Did he never hear of separation of church and state. And who is this clown to preach religion to all of us? Get off your soap box Rand and start doing the job you were elected to do or go home!

    October 11, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Laverne

    Yeah right, anything to change the topic from your phony fillibusters and unnecessary shutdown!!!

    October 11, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. VotingBLKAmerican (yes were alive)

    WHAT the heck should President Obama do about that? Is there no separation of Church and State anymore? Dayummmmmmmmmmmmm.

    October 11, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Give them a bogyman to hate and fear and they will unite behind you, right Randroid?

    October 11, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People

    Aqua Buddha speaking at the GOP "chri$tian" cabal meeting?

    Really?

    October 11, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Sandy

    Baggers sound more crazy by the day! LOL

    October 11, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    John in Brooklyn

    Can somebody PLEASE provide evidence of any kind of "war" on Christianity...let alone the claim that it is somehow actively or even tacitly being waged by the White House? I am particularly concerned about anyone who ISN'T a conservative, evangelical Christian in the US since even so-called libertarians such as Rand Paul (the 21st century's Dan Quayle) seem to be willing to integrate explicit conservative Christian ideology into public policy, regardless of what the rest of us believe.

    Unfortunately, his audience doesn't believe in evidence. They take those statements and believe what they want to believe based solely on faith.

    October 11, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Tom

    The thing is, Sen. Paul, President Obama isn't doing anything about the "war on Christianity" because its a figment of your imagination. Obama isn't doing anything about the Klingon invasion or the marauding Zombie problem either. Because those problems don't exist either. This country has enough problems (mostly caused by Republicans) we don't need to be wasting time fighting imaginary "wars" that happen to poll well with your lunatic fringe supporters.

    October 11, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. me

    Forced payments those who commit crimes (abortions), HHS mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs and fake 'marriages' against Christians' beliefs, discrimination against Catholic humanitarian services, and many more – religious freedom, yeah right!
    (Isaiah 5:20) "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!".

    October 11, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Rand Paul / Michele Bachmann 2016

    The End Time is Near , We don't need affordable health care ?
    Rape the Planet before Judgment Day !

    October 11, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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