Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians
June 20th, 2014
12:24 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul intertwined his message against foreign aid on Friday with a message that appeals to the GOP's social conservative base.

"There's a war on Christianity going on, and sometimes you're being asked to pay for it," the Kentucky Republican said. "I say not one penny to any country that persecutes Christians."

He gave his remarks at a conference in the nation's capital organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group known for promoting Christian values in public life.

The first-term senator blasted the Obama administration for arming rebels in Syria, some of whom have been reported to attack Christians.

"The vast majority of Christians in Syria, though, are on the opposite side of the war," Paul said.

"There is an irony that is impossible to escape," he continued. "Our tax dollars are funding Islamic rebels, who are killing Christians."

Paul, however, said nothing of defending Christians who are currently being threatened in Iraq by Islamic militants, known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

He mentioned an instance of Christians being persecuted in Pakistan, and he reiterated his stance against sending money to the Palestinians because of their opposition to Israel.

"It's time to stop this madness," he said, referring to sending foreign aid to those countries. (Paul has also called on ending foreign aid to Israel, though at a much slower pace than cutting assistance to Israel's enemies.)

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The potential presidential candidate also used his speech to bit back against the more hawkish side of the GOP, which stands in contrast to Paul's libertarian and non-interventionist leanings on foreign policy.

He invoked President Ronald Reagan's famous phrase - "peace through strength."

"I fear that some in our nation and some in our party have forgotten the first part of the sentence, that peace should be our goal even as we build our strength," he said. "Some in my party have distorted this belief in peace through strength into a misguided belief that we should project strength through war."

Paul argued the country should still defend itself, but stressed that intervention can have unintended consequences.

"During the Iraq War, think of what happened: A quarter of a million Iraqi Christians fled Iraq...Where did they go? They headed mostly for Syria," he said.


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  1. Silence DoGood

    @Aaron
    Silence DoGood

    Oh no – pump up the War on Christianity myth again. Last time I heard about the "War" it was here in the US perpetrated by wandering throngs of liberals. They can't even keep their made up wars straight.

    I have a radical thought: How about the USA speak up for assaults on ALL religious faiths, you since freedom was kinda the theme of the Founding Fathers. And yes, Obama has spoken out on assaults on Christians.

    Watch out – the phony assault on (radical) Christianity will be used to justify the Theocracy Movement. "Don't worry, we will just take over for a little while until we straighten everyone's morals out."

    ++++++++++++++

    That's good for most of us. The only problem is a lot if liberals hate Jews and Christians as witnessed by Israel and other examples. We don't need anything to promote the Jewish or Christian faith other than good people. The only radicals are the crazy people that spew hate about peoples religious views here on the ticker and other places. Your comments seem to go that direciton.
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    Yeah nothing says hate like me suggesting the "USA speak up for assaults on ALL religious faiths"

    "That's good for most of us." Freedom and tolerance is about how you treat those that are not "most of us".

    June 20, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. david saint

    and what about countries that are using American Christian zealots to write laws making it a life sentence just because one is gay? (might as well be Sharia law!) smh

    June 20, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Lolo

    Listen to this nut, but he has no problem with the Christians persecuting non-christians, blacks, hispanics, latinos and any non-white person, poor people, gays and women in America. This hypocrit needs to crawl under a rock and stay there along with the rest of the GOP/TP KKK Klan.

    June 20, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Luc

    Rand, GOP are persecuting Christians in the southern states by not allowing them to have access to ACA, Medicaid etc. What are you going to do for the Christian people of Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, and more states that are being forbidden health care coverage. Why not cut all representatives there pay for persecuting Christians. This is the same isn't it Rand. You have sent the southern public to the same fate but only a slower road. I guess it is not working for the 8-9 million other Americans that have health care. The reason why ACA is not talked about anymore by the GOP is because the southern folk will find out that GOP was spewing crap all along. See you in 2024– 2016 is already decided save your money.

    June 20, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. CosmicC

    So, it's okay to send aid to people persecuting muslims? I'll let that slide since a lot of others are already on top of that.
    How nice of him to re-write history. Reagan did wage war just to strike fear into the hearts of our enemies. His peace through strength vision included showing strength through action (Panama, Grenada).

    June 20, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Aaron wrote:

    That's good for most of us. The only problem is a lot if liberals hate Jews and Christians as witnessed by Israel and other examples. We don't need anything to promote the Jewish or Christian faith other than good people. The only radicals are the crazy people that spew hate about peoples religious views here on the ticker and other places. Your comments seem to go that direciton.
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    What makes you think that liberals hate Christians? Because they oppose radical Christians who want to impose their religion upon anyone and everyone. Why do you scorn those who would be against those who deny others their own freedom of religion.

    What makes you think that conservatives own the copyright on Christianity? Until a few decades ago, most Christians were liberals who voted for Democrats. The Civil Rights Act changed the landscape. The real change came during the Reagan campaign and the rise of the Moral Majority, who were bamboozle into voting Republican because of issues like Roe v. Wade and promises to overturn the decision.

    Don't confuse sarcasm for hate, either. Many of the comments on these boards are dripping with sarcasm just to get the type of reaction that you have demonstrated.

    June 20, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. HenryMiller

    No money to countries that persecute Christians? Why the bias? How about no money to any country?

    June 20, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. chris

    Repubs. wake up and see the LIES. vote all these Repub. LIERS OUT.America will be a better place for it.

    June 20, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. salty dog

    More Monday morning quarter backing from the hair, he is a joke, his conversation with Mitch says all you need to know, he only wants to know what to tell you to get your vote, poll tests everything before he says it, spineless, he can't voice his own thoughts, proven time and time again, being the president takes something he simply doesn't have, personal convictions.

    June 20, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. salty dog

    Leave it to beaver to call someone weak, he won't say anything publicly before poll testing it, just can't take him seriously as a candidate, sorry, you need to have some core beliefs!

    June 20, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "Look at me!!! LOOK AT ME!!!! Look at my Christian conservative bona fides!!!! Look at dem!!! Shiiiiiny!!!!"

    June 20, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. salty dog

    And pure personal greed isn't it.

    June 20, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "So, it's okay to send aid to people persecuting muslims?

    Why not? We send plenty of aid to places like Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi and look how Teatroll bigots there talk and act towards Muslims. Heck, several red states even enacted nonsense about "preventing a Sharia law takeover", etc. So yeah, it's already national policy that it's perfectly ok to send aid to folks who persecute Muslims.

    June 20, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The only Guns Over People teatard to say no war in Iraq. They are beating their war drums like they did the first go round.

    June 20, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Amazing

    How about we start with the states and leaders who only talk about Christian values but can't live them? Sen. Rand, it might be a good idea to start with the man in the mirror.

    June 20, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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