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. Jerry, Penn Yan, NY

    Dr. Ron Paul is right on!

    June 5, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. Brian, from Lincoln Nebraska

    Here is a topic which I think should have been debated more. Why wasn't it?
    It is because of the Neo-Con fog that surrounds CNN that prevents any "real
    debate" about our foreign policy. Oh CNN couldn't stop salivating about the immigration issue, or whether or not our next President is a born again Christian. They should have debate about our interventionist foreign policy, our mounting debt, and the destruction of our Constitutional liberities. These are imporatnt matters CNN.

    June 5, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  3. Hugo, Los Angeles, CA

    Yeah, Ron Paul!

    June 5, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  4. Alex, Glendale, CA

    Wow! This guy is so brave. The other cowards hide behind the so-called "war on terrorism" and pretend they care about the national security of America. If that's so, why do they support pre-emptive strikes on other countries? Since when did we find it just to invade and occupy other countries under UN resolutions? Since when did we decide that it was our responsibility to rid the world of tyrants?

    I fear a Rudy McRomney presidency, because it will be exactly the same as a Bush presidency. More wars and spending on the military industrial complex.

    June 5, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  5. Jeff S., Santa Clarita, CA

    Ron Paul won the debate with this response. All the Police state candidates are not worthy. Ron Paul is clearly the best of the bunch. The Liberty message is a winner

    June 5, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  6. Phil, Alpharetta GA

    Great comment. The others focussed on single voter issues, Ron Paul was the only one who spoke of compromised principles which belie the character behind those who voted for preemptive war. GO RON PAUL

    June 6, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  7. Charlie Peterson, Logandale, Nevada

    Finally, a candidate the emphasizes less government and NO WAR. We are killing and slaughtering thousans.... and for what?!

    Force is not an OPTION. This comes down to basic morality and agency. Humanity must have the right to choose. That right to choose is taken away when a gun is used to FORCE a way of life. Ron Paul is spot on with our foreign policy. He is an honest, forthright, integrity-filled statesman.

    May God bless us with an opportunity to have him as our leader.

    June 6, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. Jay, Aurora, Co.

    Now rejection of the "Just War Theory" doesn't stir the Christian right "God Help Us All".

    We have lost our moral standing in the world, our economy is living on Chiness funded borrowed time and according to CAIR (Council on American-Islamic relations) we have a potential 1.200 billion, pissed off Muslims due to our foreign policy.

    I say we give Ron Paul the chance he deserves to set this mess straight!!

    June 6, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. DJ, Los Angeles, CA

    Good man. I have a lot of respect for Paul. Normally I would vote Democrat...

    However if this man won the primary, I would seriously consider abandoning the Democrats and vote for him based on his merits alone.

    June 6, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  10. Pat SLC,UT

    it finally time we got a candidate the reaches to the common man and speaks the truth go ron

    June 6, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  11. Travis Brinton, Lafayette, CA

    Ron Paul said that it is unthinkable to use preemptive nuclear force against an enemy that has done us no harm. He is gravely mistaken. The enemy referred to is Iran, a known supporter of terrorism. Iran has supplied the arms to insurgents in Iraq which have killed thousands of American soldiers, not to mention many more thousands of innocent Iraqis. Whether or not it is acceptable to entertain the idea of preemptive nuclear strikes against Iran, it is ignorance or denial to say that Iran has done us no harm.

    June 6, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  12. Rose L., Plant City, Florida

    I am not a Christian. I am not a Republican. I would vote for Ron Paul, even before any of the Democratic candidates, because he looks to The Constitution FIRST for his position on any given issue. I am going to change my party affiliation so that I can vote in the primary and vote for Ron Paul for the nomination.

    June 6, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  13. Gemma, Napa CA

    Ron Paul is the only honest man on that stage tonight. I will write him in if I have to.

    June 6, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  14. Megan Kirkland, WA

    An atheist for Ron Paul! He believes in protecting the Constitutional freedoms of all of us, not just a chosen group. Right now the government is "corporationistic" e.g. Hallibuton, you can't tell them apart anymore.

    June 6, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. Katie Green, Homewood, IL

    Ron Paul was clearly the most intelligent, concise, and honest speaker of the debates. Although he didn't get much speaking time, what he said was far more powerful and relevant than what the rest of the candidates said. The Republicans need to realize that the American people are not going to nominate a pro-war candidate in 2008. If Republicans want to see a Republican as the next president of America, they need to vote for Ron Paul. McCain, Giuliani, and Romney have no chance of winning against Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama because they are such warhawks.
    Vote Ron Paul in 2008!!!

    June 6, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. Maria, Dallas, Texas

    I was and I say WAS a Guiliani enthusiast but I am leaning more towards Ron Paul.

    June 6, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  17. John Turner, CA

    By limiting Ron Paul's airtime, along with the other candidates and allowing the frontrunners to dominate the debate, you only propel the majority who are seeking something better than these frauds to go out, check websites, look at youtube videos, etc and find the truth for themselves.

    If CNN wants to prevent Ron Paul gaining momentum then they're shooting themselves in the foot.

    The truth will out! Ron Paul 2008, go youtube his opinions and find out for yourself.

    June 6, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  18. Philip Prescott, Columbia, SC

    Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who can even swear into office of the president without lying! I think that says more than enough

    June 6, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  19. Kevin Eggers, Napa, California

    Because Americans have been guided into the great abyss of government propaganda, trusting a controlled media source that guides rather than informs, much of what Ron Paul says contradicts what many Americans believe to be the truth. Will Americans ever awaken from their media induced government unawareness and see that Ron Paul is taking a stand for America and our freedoms. I will bet you there is not one journalist from the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, or the San Francisco Chronicle that has the courage or integrity to interview Ron Paul and get his story in their newspaper.

    June 6, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  20. Danny, Orlando FL

    Why must CNN leave Dr. Paul hanging. I really thought he would get some more attention than Fox News gives him....but they're all the same.

    June 6, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  21. M. C. Parish; Auburn, Alabama

    I'm a 34yo politically-homeless cynic, but I have unexpectedly been inspired–and will be voting for Dr. Paul. It's a shame he is not getting more play in the national media, when he is the only honest, consistent, Liberty-minded candidate available. Americans who listen to what Ron Paul is saying are being inspired by his hopeful vision.

    June 6, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  22. A. Stewart, Austin TX

    I hope my comment does not get deleted like my other ones. Ron Paul is the most popular candidate with the people. CNN and other mainstream news just does not want to report it. I am contributing to his campaign every payday and everyone else who supports him should do the same. The "who won" section is gone for the Repubs, but not for the Dems. I guess they don't want us to know he is the people's choice. It's not in their best interests.

    June 6, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. Darren, Durham, NC

    Another atheist here for Ron Paul! What an outstanding representative of the human race! Paul is the only one capable of saving our country from collapsing under the weight of government and will set the example to states and municipalities by keeping church and state separate at the federal level.

    June 6, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. 911truthdotorg

    CNN, MSNBC, etc. will NOT censor the truth about Ron Paul by trying to ignore him. The more he's ignored, the more powerful he gets.

    See him in the Google video:
    America: Freedom to Fascism

    June 6, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  25. San Luis Obispo, CA

    Ron Paul has it all. He makes me believe if I vote in 2008 that my vote for him will make a difference.

    June 6, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
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