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. Brisa, Las Vegas Nevada

    He is correct. We need to worry more about the United States and the issues inside the border before we go to war with people who have done ABSOLUTELY nothing to us, just because we think one day they might. Thats like saying I'm never going out of the house because ONE DAY I might get shot or one day I might get into a car accident so I'm never going to drive. You can't stop things that are out of your control before they happen because there is no way to know for sure what the future holds. Instead worry about the things you can control and try to get America's respect back with other nations, try to gain back our allies instead of making more enemies. We need to go back to our roots. Yes we should defend ourselves, our rights and our freedoms but only after those rights and freedoms are under attack, we should not put the lives of our citizens and the lives of innocent people at risk because of something that might not even happen. However what is certain is that if we do in fact start "preemptive strikes" we will have innocent lives that are lost and we will have to start worrying on a day to day basis that another country will come after us, because they will want to get to us before we get to them.

    June 5, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. Scott, Columbus, NE

    Dr. Paul wins. Hopefully the country will wake up to hear his message!

    June 5, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Ron Paul won

    June 5, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Brett Huebner, Hillsboro, KS

    One commetator said something I very much have thought in the last year or so; and even Democrats stop short of noting why Iran might 'want' a nuclear weapon? They want it for leverage against a country they fear is encroaching on them: the U.S.A. Ronald Reagan used the Star Wars system as a defense against the USSR, and, judging by the disbanding of the USSR, it seems his system worked. Is Iran taking a page out of Reagan's book? The U.S.A. has respected nuclear power in the hands of its enemies in the past. This is they the cold war was a 'COLD' War, because Russia had the a-bomb. When China got it, they were secue the U.S. would not invade them, either. And, as far as Iran knows from history, the ONLY country that has ever dropped a nuclear device on a major civilian population [and then did it again] is, you guessed it, the United States. What nerve do we Americans have, being the only country with that record, to suggest another country should not have the bomb? Do we think we're the moral experts? I don't believe bombs are the answer, but does the U.S. still have working bombs? If so, what hypocrisy to suggest another country shouldn't. Are we afraid of Iran? If so, then we'd better start looking at win-win solutions, peaceful solutions. I hardly knew a thing about Ron Paul before tonight, but I think he steered me in his direction tonigt. Let's talk with Iran, and figure out a win-win solution in Iraq, win for Iran, win for U.S., and, certainly MOST of all [duh!] win for the native Iraqis, all of them: Sunnis, Shi'as, and Kurds.

    June 5, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  5. mel new york new york

    good job man bring the troops home

    June 5, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  6. Michael V Hughes, Hixson, Tennessee

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that I would consider voting for, because he's the only candidate that has a perfect pro constitution voting record.

    June 5, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. John Lambrechts, Lake Zurich, IL

    wow did Ron Paul really take advantage of the time with his inspirational qualities. Everything he believes for is the truth and can be backed up by history and philosophy. Or we can build nations by teaching our military how, then the rest of the world will be as good as us? We need to have other nations want to be like us, we're not going to make them. Inspire the people.

    June 5, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Lynn D., Orlando, Florida

    Ron Paul is finally someone who speaks for me and the way I feel. Isn't that what government is suppose to be....for the people and by the people? I had given up on voting for the same old thing. Ron Paul makes me want to go to the polls.

    June 5, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. Tom Austin, Tx

    There IS NO question in MY MIND, that Dr. Paul IS our next President.
    The man is a proud patriot, like me. He thinks like a True American.

    June 5, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. Steven Burden, Lutz, FL

    Dear CNN:

    Now you know why I don't watch your channel:

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

    Is the headline for Ron Paul's performance in the debate?

    Not Ron Paul stands up for the Constitution? Not Ron Paul is against unjustfied war?

    Communist News Network is right!

    June 5, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. Jon Carper -- Gretna, NE

    Ron Paul is the only one who can change this pathetic party into something to be proud of!

    June 5, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. Kelly, Anderson, IN

    Ron Paul was awesome tonight! He's the only reason I watched the debate this evening. The media despises Dr. Paul, but We The People love our champion of the Constitution and the Republic!


    June 5, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  13. lindsay Colorado

    You are awesome Ron, maybe someday they will give you the middle podium...especially the one that counts! God Bless your honesty!

    June 5, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  14. Lois Craven, Keller TX

    I think Dr. Paul is the most inteligent and truthful of all the candidates. I would love to see him as president. We need a smart man in the White House for a change! He was speeking for me on the issue of premptive war. War should only be a last resort!

    June 5, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Steven

    I think it was amazing and right on that Ron Paul chose a matter of government policy as the biggest moral hazard in our nation, rather than trying to peg some kind of individual personal behavior in society as morally hazardous. This speaks to a fundamentally different orientation with Dr. Paul...it is government that is most often problematic, not the citizenry.

    June 5, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. Holly, San Marino, CA

    So why do you dinosaurs at CNN continue to deny that Ron Paul is a serious contender? You and your 'political analysts' continue to trot out the three media musketeers as if they're the only game in town.
    Better wise up. America is making up its own mind. Either pay attention or get out of the way.

    June 5, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. Nate, Spokane valley, Washington

    As a christian I believe Ron paul is correct. Just war theory does not allow preemptive military action under the circumstances that have been given to us by our white house.

    June 5, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  18. John Shepard, Orange City FL

    I've noticed here on cnn's political ticker, the commentation area for people who viewed the debate here on the cnn website, they had an area asking "who won?", filled with more than 75% of Ron Paul, the commentary on that issue of "Who Won?", has been taken off of the CNN website, people speak there mind and you delete their words, completely biased or maybe it's to hard to believe that a man who is honest and not in your circus spotlight is actually moving the people.

    June 5, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. Main Stream Media is Not Balanced

    1) go to drugstore/craftstore
    2) buy stick of white shoe polish/white window marker
    3) write "WHO IS RON PAUL?" or "RON PAUL R3VOLUTION" on your back windshield

    If 200 people/day see it, that's 50,000 people by the time of primaries! If 5,000 Ron Paul supporters do this, that's 250,000,000 people exposed to his name by primaries! Dr. Paul's only challenge at this point is not Giuliani or Romney, but exposure to the general populace, so let's get it done!

    *please repost*

    June 5, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. Jose Castillo, Brooklyn, NY

    Wow. Ron Paul you are a TRUE patriot!
    Now I know why CNN only gave you 3 minutes during the first hour, and a total of 6 minutes!

    A former Barack voter for Ron Paul

    June 5, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. roxi, tulsa, ok

    there is a poll you can access it from the front page and yes Ron Paul is leading with over 50% of the votes

    support Ron Paul with others in your area at meetup.com

    June 5, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. Jon, San Antonio, Texas

    The Main Stream Media is not balanced. We have to go guerrilla:

    1) go to drugstore/craftstore
    2) buy stick of white shoe polish/white window marker
    3) write "WHO IS RON PAUL?" or "RON PAUL R3VOLUTION" on your back windshield

    If 200 people/day see it, that's 50,000 people by the time of primaries! If 5,000 Ron Paul supporters do this, that's 250,000,000 people exposed to his name by primaries! Dr. Paul's only challenge at this point is not Giuliani or Romney, but exposure to the general populace, so let's get it done!

    *please repost*

    June 5, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. Robert Mayer, Pearland, TX

    That was the HOME RUN moment of the night. Way to go, Ron Paul!

    June 5, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. Craig, Spartanburg, SC

    Congressman Ron Paul's answer is so right. I'm impressed with his well yhought out honesty.

    June 5, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Rashad Tatum, LaGrange, Ga

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that truly supports the free market and the constitution. Rep. Paul has consistently opposed the IRS and the Federal Reserve. He has correctly identified the Iraqi war to be wasteful and destructive both to the Iraqis and the American People (suspension of writ of habeas corpus).

    Giuliani blatantly stated that we need to teach nation building to soldiers. Then he claims to support liberty and the rule of law when he actually supports the unconstitutional CFR, Federal Reserve, IRS, Military Commissions Act, Patriot Act, etc. Additionally Giuliani is making millions on 9/11 speeches.

    Most of the candidates seem to flip flop on issues. Some claim to support the free market but yet support the CFR and the Federal Reserve. This kind of hypocrisy is not what we need in a president.

    A president must first be humble , like Christ, a servant of all. A president must knowledgeable in the U.S. Constitution and willing to defend it. Most of the candidates aren't. A president must not think that he is above the law but rather submit himself to the rule of law.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate is that respects the rule of law, understands the U.S. Constitution thoroughly, and defends our nation against both enemies abroad and within.

    God bless Ron Paul!!!

    June 5, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
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