Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians
June 20th, 2014
12:24 PM ET
1 month 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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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. The Lady

    Well, it should not just be Christians, but any country that persecutes anyone should not get money/aid. The US supports all religions and races, not just Christians I would hope. Shame on Rand for singling out one religious sect.

    June 20, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. yerkiddinright

    Hmm, but if they persecuted Jews or women it'd be OK? Stay tuned for Pandering Rand 's walk back tomorrow.

    June 20, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. rick

    even a more simple answer to the invasion problem. Cut off the food supply. Very hard to kill those who dont believe in the extreem narrow views of those who do everything to suppress the modern world.. On a grumbling EMPTY stomach! Every religion has to understand the simple mindless rethoric from them.. Convert to their barbaric religion.. Or be killed by them.. Bottom line. They hate it that their dark ages ways have no effect on a big radio controled airplane. Ther is no pilot to drag through the streets and beat on. Cant gloat over a circut board..

    June 20, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. 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."

    June 20, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Flagship, NC

    That was not a very mature statement.
    This guy needs about another 15 years of maturity before he can lead anything!
    Another man-boy in the clown car.

    June 20, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Wasn't Ayn Rand an atheist who viewed religion as a tool of oppression by the state? Perhaps Aqua Buddha needs to realize he has a BIG philosophical conflict combining evagelical Christianity with Objectivist dogma.

    June 20, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Warren

    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.

    What else could he have said? What a joke this guy is.. can you say pandering?

    June 20, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, since the Right here is convinced that Christians are under attack here, can we just stop subsidizing all those whack-job red states since they are convinced they are being persecuted? I mean, they already want to secede anyway, so why not make it official? Lets keep our money in the United States where we believe in the separation of Church and State. Let the whack-jobs set up their theocracies in TX, GA, and other states, and let's bleed them dry for all the back subsidies they owe us.

    June 20, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians
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    Does this translate into Rand Paul being against the death penalty in the U.S.?

    June 20, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Little Ayn Rand is seeking the spotlight again.

    June 20, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine

    Wasn't Ayn Rand an atheist who viewed religion as a tool of oppression by the state? Perhaps Aqua Buddha needs to realize he has a BIG philosophical conflict combining evangelical Christianity with Objectivist dogma.
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    Correct. Ayn Rand was an atheist whose writings did not seem to hold dear any of the moral values taught in the Bible. After Paul Ryan was nominated as the VP nominee, he tried to distance himself from Ayn Rand because of her atheism. I found it shocking to learn that he could idolize the woman and her writings and not know that. I apologize for calling him a hypocrite because he honestly didn't know.

    June 20, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. it must be said

    The Lady
    Well, it should not just be Christians, but any country that persecutes anyone should not get money/aid. The US supports all religions and races, not just Christians I would hope. Shame on Rand for singling out one religious sect.
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    Christians are the majority of the religious persecutions occurring around the globe and that is at the hands of Muslims. I wonder why Obama doesn't come out and speak against that? It should be a no brainer.

    June 20, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. just asking

    if you do this for all of protected segments of our society then we will not send one penny of aid overseas. rand you're a genius!!

    June 20, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Luc

    Has he come up with any good solutions to move the country forward. Oh sorry that was a dumb question already know the answer. Where is all the negative adds on the ACA by the GOP. I would like to see them campaign on this in 2014 and 2016 how it has broken the country and it no good for you. Got to love the GOP. Southern states are now starting to ask GOP representatives why can't we have ACA. like the rest of America.

    June 20, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Durundal

    oh look the libertarian is ranting in favor of faith based policy.

    June 20, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. smith

    I don`t know about the whole war on christians deal but Paul is right about giving aid to the terrorist in Syria.

    June 20, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Boomer in Mo

    What if the persecute Muslims. is that OK? Or what about Buddhists. Will that be OK? Just pandering to the religious right is all Randy is doing.

    June 20, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sure lets not persecute Christians but let's allow businesses to decide who they want to do business with. Mr. I would have been against Civil Rights if I had been around then, strikes again...

    Another backwoods hick that will not be President.

    June 20, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. 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.

    June 20, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. emskadittle

    libertarian?

    June 20, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. michael

    Tomorrow, He will blame the (liberal medial) for misinterpreting his comments. This man is right out of GOP playbook. Looking for controversy, conspiracy, and cover-up where they don't exist or to the level GOP purports. I guess this statement will fuel up the radical right, but he's hoping the Roman Catholics too. If it backfires blame the liberal media!

    June 20, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Dead Bear

    I'd almost like Rand Paul if he wasn't determined to be the biggest hypocrite in Washington DC. But maybe he just felt the need to move to the right on some issues to shore up support among the psychotic conservative base. Either way, he's phonier than a Chinese redhead.

    June 20, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Then we'd better stop propping up Saudi Arabia!

    June 20, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. mike

    Does this includes Israel which persecutes Palestinians many of whom are Christian?

    June 20, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. rs

    So is the inference that for Mr. Paul and the GOP that it might be o.k. if say there was persecution of Shias or Sunnis, or native peoples, or Jews, or...? Get the picture? Why does this yet again have to be about division and special treatment? Why can't the GOP simply be against persecution? Better yet, why can't they start here at home?

    June 20, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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