June 5th, 2007
10:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Paul: U.S. has rejected 'Just War' theory of Christianity

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul said at Tuesday's GOP presidential debate that America's most pressing moral issue is its adoption of a preemptive military policy, declaring it a rejection of the "Just War theory of Christianity."

"We in the past have always declared war in the defense of our liberties or go to aid of somebody," he said. "But now we have accepted the principle of preemptive war - we have rejected the Just War theory of Christianity.

"We have to come to our senses about this issue of war and preemption and go back to traditions and our constitution and defend our liberties and defend our rights," he added.

Paul is the only GOP member of Congress running for president who voted against authorizing the use of force in Iraq.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Ron Paul
soundoff (250 Responses)
  1. Sandor Bors, Rochester,NY

    Why was the "who won?" thread eliminated? The obvious answer is Ron Paul was dominating the comments and CNN didn't like it. If that isn't the ultimate in specious behavior...


    June 5, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Tony, Bowling Green, Kentucky

    Wow...CNN is actually scared of Dr. Paul. Its amazing how one kind, honest speaking man can make a giant like CNN quite. Come on CNN wake up! Cover the most honest candidate America has...Dr. Ron Paul

    June 5, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Tex, Atlanta GA

    Why don't people see that we dug our own hole in this war? Why is Ron Paul so controversial? Are people so used to hearing feel-good politics that they forgot how to hear the real message? What a shame America doesn't see Ron Paul as the best candidate.

    I wish CNN or any network would post a poll. Too afraid of the truth. Too bad because Dr. Paul isn't going anywhere. Let's see if the MSM reports a 5-10% write-in presidential vote for him.

    June 5, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. David Smith, Houston, Texas

    War is always a last resort for a free society and never a "first resort". Preemptive wars are simply wars of aggression. Our Founders sought to prevent such irresponsible actions not encourage or embrace them.

    What fear do the other candidates and CNN have of Constitutional principles?

    To what level of freedom have we degraded where the advocacy of adherence to the Constitution is considered extreme?

    Is it ignorance?

    June 5, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Jaime Armstrong, Wilmibgton, NC

    Dr. Paul is the only candidate only concerned with the US above all ther nations. Getting involved in other nation's affairs, including preemptive war, is pompous and dangerous. Thank God for Ron Paul!

    June 5, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Kacy Fortner, Chapel Hill, NC

    I love this man! The only true conservative on stage. The only candidate that resembles Reagan. The only one who could win for the GOP!

    June 5, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Erlinda, fayetteville ar

    I am very impressed by Ron Paul and can't wait until he gets elected.

    June 5, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. Brandon S. St.Louis, Missouri

    As always, I think Ron is the most articulate and straightforward as opposed to all the rest. He speaks his mind and that is what the country neads to hear, especially during times like these. He is above and beyond the competition and certainly has my vote of confidence.

    June 5, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  9. Michael Johnson, Jacksonville, North Carolina

    OK, I have been all over the net after watching the debate and I cannot find one online poll (unlike the last two debates)! In the last two debates four major networks (websites) had polls...Where are they...Is this deliberate! We all know that RON PAUL won the last two debates in every poll but the Fox News poll(came in second)!

    Ron Paul for president!

    June 5, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Ronnie Williams Greensboro, NC

    I was going for Giuliani or McCain but after finally getting to hear Congressman Paul.I missed the first 2 debates.


    You are the only True defender of the United States Of America in this entire race.You love it from the Constitution that made us great to the entrepenuer who is trying to feed his family, to the Single Mother raising her kids alone.

    Thank you for running for President!
    My dearly departed Grandma would have loved you for loving The United States so much.

    June 5, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. Dan Belleville, MI

    Obviously, there is a deliberate attempt to keep Ron Paul from getting any more publicity by eliminating any on-line poll.

    With every debate, my belief in Ron Paul as the best candidate gets stronger.

    June 5, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Simon, Noblesville Indiana

    Ron Paul is a man of principal. Our country desperately needs him to be our president.

    June 5, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Joe Safety, Tolland, CT

    Ron Paul was right.

    June 5, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. Paul, Boone NC

    So true, what kind of a country preemptively nukes other nations?

    Thank you Ron Paul, for being a sensible man among scoundrels.

    June 5, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. Eric, San Diego, CA

    Not only has the Republican party abadonded the Christian requirement that a war be just before even considering to fight, but now, quite sadly, most of the Republican candidates think it is OK to use nuclear weapons in a first strike situation. THAT IS RIDICULOUS! . Republicans should be ASHAMED that their party has sunk to the depths of considering first-use of nuclear weapons, the result of which would be catasrophic and prevent peace as we know it from EVER being achieved on earth.

    June 5, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. John Garrett Austin, TX

    I have to say that I never even knew who Ron Paul was before tonight – and I live in Texas. Nice job – I hope the media will give him a chance to stay in this game. He is much more of a Republican than Guiliani.

    June 5, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. Chris, Eaton, OH

    The fact that Ron Paul was stuck at the far end of the line and only until after the questions on the Iraq war were past was he able to speak obviously shows the fear that Dr. Paul will expose the truth to the general public. I almost turned this debate off, but i am glad that i did not because when he did get to speak he shined brighter than any other candidate on the stage.

    June 5, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. Ken, Canyon, TX

    Ron won for the limited amount of time that he had.

    June 5, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. Ian Johanson, Elkhart Lake, WI

    I am deeply saddened and distressed that in today's political culture, allowing for the possibility of using nuclear weapons against a country which has not attacked is a non-controversial position of the media-declared "front runners", while a man who denounces that idea as un-Christian and un-Constitutional is regarded as a "fringe" candidate. Have we completely lost our way in the world?

    June 5, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. Alex J Freeman

    Ron Paul is the only candidate with his head screwed on straight. The rest of the candidates sounded like canned hams.
    I find it unreal that the republicans as well as the democrats still think that the Muslims hate us cause were free and rich. It's like a brainwashed mantra that there trying to sell the American public into thinking.
    P.S. CNN I really believe you need to stop telling us who the front runners are and allowing them to monopolize the stage. You gave Ron Paul a fraction of the time and didn't allow him the chance to answer nearly the same amount of questions the 3 so called front runners were allowed.
    Quit trying to pick our candidates for us! Believe me we can figure it out just fine for ourselves.

    June 5, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. greg, alexandria va

    they call it a DEFENSE for a reason. Maybe we should have a separate budget for OFFENSE – $100.00

    June 5, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  22. richard atlantic beach ny

    You can read the polls by the way of positive comments. ronpaul2008.com

    June 5, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. Shane, Chicago, Illinois

    Speaking as someone who served in the military during the Iran-Iraq war (when U.S. forces engaged Iranian forces to aid our then ally Iraq) the first Gulf (when we attacked our former ally Iraq) and who has close family members who have been deployed multiple times to the Gulf, I think that the military deserves the dignity of having moral sound reasons for their actions, and not be left to fend with complex moral problems on their own, with weak rationalizations from the so called leadership.

    June 5, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. Craig Rittenhouse, Miami FL

    I write this as a new member of the Republican party, a membership I have acquired expressly with the hope to vote for Dr. Ron Paul in the coming Republican primary.
    I fear, however, with the news that the Florida primary is being moved ahead to January, that there is an effort being made to filter out the minority candidates.
    Dr. Paul could be the greatest president for the people this country has ever seen.
    Why is there the need to silence him and discredit his supporters?
    As for there being no poll, was there a poll for the Democratic debate? If there was, let the conspiracy theories begin

    June 5, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. xxfeareffectxx

    ron paul is by far the best won for the job!!

    June 5, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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