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. Paul Herrera, College Station TX

    Ron Paul is exactly right. Being from Texas, I have known about Ron Paul for a few years. The man has always impressed me. He's the only truthful and honest candidate who really has America's best interest in mind.

    June 6, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  2. Charles W. Jones Elizabethtown Kentucky

    CNN is obviously afraid to let Dr. Paul answer questions put to him. They are biased toward Rudy and McCain to far they are likely to fall over. I support Paul with my money and my vote. I will not vote for any other Republican or Democrat. Ron Paul gets my vote if only as a write-in. The others are beneath consideration.

    June 6, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. Don, Fort Worth, TX

    The Republican Party of today won't give Dr. Paul a decent hearing. I am going to vote for him and contribute to his campaign. His Congressional campaign funds have been 96% from small, individual contributors. He is going to need a lot of help to be heard over the warmongering and shouting of Rudy McRomney.

    June 6, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. michael kelly

    Ron Paul speaks with a refreshing clarity and reasoning unlike other candidates. And there's more to appreciate than his stand on Iraq. I wish someone in the next debate asks the candidates why the 1913 dollar is now worth about 5 cents. Or why it's now illegal to turn pennies and nickels into their constituent metals. Only Dr Paul has thought about the societal effects of a dollar backed by... well, absolutely nothing really.

    June 6, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  5. Jaun Torinez, San Diego CA

    Ron Paul was right, the U.S. has rejected ‘Just War’ theory of Christianity, and that is what we need to get back to. I'm voting Ron Paul 2008!

    June 6, 2007 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  6. Stephen Barry, Nanuet, New York

    Thank you Congressman Paul for showing that there is at least one candidate for President who is thoughtful, intelligent, and willing to speak truth to power.
    As a New Yorker who lost friends on 9/11, and as a Roman Catholic, I was sickened by those who want to use the ghosts of the WTC to justify immoral and unconstitutional actions.
    The oath they seek to take is to the Constitution. Ron Paul appears to be the only one who recognizes there is such a document.

    June 6, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  7. brad, gold bar, washington

    interesting that there is not much activity at the other candidates blog spaces or whatever they are. 1 comment here, 5 there. Ron Paul is leading the polls on CNN through this political ticker blog site. 108 comments here. 36 at the other (dont ask dont tell). the most i have seen for the others is 8. Very cool. I'm not big on christianity or any organized commercial religion but I do agree that it can be good if in the right hands. Or minds. But pre-emptive war is very bad. It is a natural law of the universe that what you mete out so shall you reap. Even if you just sat back and watched it happen.
    Pray for Paul and pray for your neighbor and you pray for yourself.

    June 6, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  8. Sam

    Stop deleting the online polls!!! If any other candidate besides Ron Paul actually had some grass roots support the online polls wouldn't be so skewed. It's not our fault that no actual people like the other candidates!

    June 6, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  9. Dustin Leiblein - Bay City, Texas

    Ron Paul absolutely won, too bad CNN is censoring him from the media.

    June 6, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  10. Ronny, Modesto, CA

    RON PAUL CAN NOT BE IGNORED! It really irritates me that the media has ignored the most popular GOP canidate. What does the media have to fear? A big change in our government? A take back of our country? The truth and information is on the net and those who are undecided that heard Dr. Paul speak for the 6 mins of the debate will seek out information on this great man. I know...because I did a few weeks back!

    Ron Paul 2008!

    June 6, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  11. Robert Miller Bath NY

    I do not know who I am going to be voting for at this stage of things.

    But as an unbiased witness to tonights debates, I can say that several things struck me as very biased by CNN.

    The camera angles kept Paul out of most shots, when he was seen he was seen only in extreme angle and he was not given any flattering closeups, even though many others were.

    He was given nowhere near the same amount of time or questions to answer then either.

    At this stage of the debate, this smacks of blatant control of who we will be allowed to "pick" for president.

    After the last two elections and the voting "problems" that put Bush in power, it would behoove CNN to simply be fair and give honest Americans a chance to choose for themselves, rather than using cheep tricks like this.

    For a moment I thought I was stuck watching FOX! This is the kind of bias they show!

    June 6, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  12. Don, Kenosha WI

    That Ron Paul is the only one of those on stage to be against using nuclear weapons against Iran shows how much of a danger the rest of the candidates are to life on Earth. The mere thought of using such devastating weapons is antithetical to morality, and it's certainly immoral to start a war with a government which hasn't attacked us.

    It's disgusting that the rest of the candidates are so uncivilized.

    June 6, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  13. Nancy, Allen, Texas

    Congressman Ron Paul is what this country needs. For more information on Ron Paul, go to http://www.freedomtofascism.com What the movie America: Freedom To Fascism. Ron Paul is in there with Aaron Russo as the interviewer. This guy has been the "Lone Ranger" in Washington and now we need to show him our support. He is not alone anymore!!!

    June 6, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  14. Angel, Pompano, FL

    Ron Paul is a man of integrity. We don't need to use violence to make other countries a democracy. That is crazy. Imagine if another country intervened if when the USA had a civil war.

    June 6, 2007 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  15. Douglass, Indianapolis, IN

    It disgusts me that these people can stand up there and say they are conservative, Christian and American, and say that they support this war.

    It is even more disgusting that so many people both Democrat and Republican do not want to move a pre-emptive strike and even a pre-emptive nuclear strike from the table on the issue of Iran.

    It is also disgusting that the reasons many of these people use to support their pro-war views are based on false claims. Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda. Iran is not the leading supporter of terror in the world. Islamic terror is significantly motivated by U.S. intervention in the Middle East. These are facts published by U.S. intelligence officials. Yet, the opposite of these facts is what is being stated on the pro-war side of the debate.

    June 6, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  16. indio north adams ma

    a nuclear first strike is illegal under international treaties to which the US is a party. Blitzer basically asked the candidates if they would perform an illegal and immoral action. All but Ron Paul proved their criminal natures.

    June 6, 2007 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  17. Adrian, Fort Wayne, IN

    I support Ron Paul and I feel that it's shameful that CNN gave him so little time in the debate and has been actively deleting and censoring his supporters after the debate. Ron Paul is a man of true integrity, demonstrated by his words and his voting record. I hope that CNN will have the decency to let his voice and all of our voices be heard.

    June 6, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  18. Curtis Nunley, League City, Texas

    Not only was Ron Paul right about the U.S. politicians losing there way and forgetting the principles this country was founded on but the other candidates belief that we should not only have a preemptive war but use Tactical nukes preemptively?

    Hopefully since the Media is not going to be fair and be biased and lean toward whom they deem are the heir apparents then I hope the Republicans are soundly defeated. Maybe this is why the media (and CNN) is trying all they can to show only the front runners.

    Ron Paul has been my Congressman for many years and has never disappointed me by his stellar and consistent voting record. He should be the standard bearer for the party and other politicos should adopt his ideas sincerely.

    We can only be saved if we all look for and vote for any candidate that has proven to look after our true interest and that is the Constitution. Anything else is and should be illegal.

    June 6, 2007 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  19. Todd, Cincinnatti, Ohio

    Each senator, president, and other government officers, must take an Oath to support the Constitution when they take office.

    Since the Federal Reserve and IRS act outside the Constitution (e.g. the subjects of the 16th Amendment are not the people), if each candidate were to become president, how long would it be until they abolished both the Federal Reserve and IRS? As well as other alphabet soup agencies, including the FBI, which is a federal agency with no authority to operate within the states, but are restricted to federal territory, such as Washington, D.C.

    Ron Paul has already said he would abolish these 2 agencies – what about the other candidates?

    June 6, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  20. Ann Dothan Alabama

    Did anyone else catch while the annointed 3 were spewing garbage about immigration and the Mexican border Wolf turns to Dr. Paul (the fn congressman from Texas) and says let me bring you in on this WHAT ABOUT THE CANADIAN BORDER WTF

    June 6, 2007 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  21. Rich, Etown NJ

    make me 108! go Ron

    June 6, 2007 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  22. Luke Brady Huntsville AL

    This guy makes sense. I'm going to tell everyone to vote for him.

    June 6, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  23. Robert concord c.a..

    Ron Paul is the clear choice

    June 6, 2007 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  24. Ann Dothan Alabama

    Ron Paul is the congressman from Texas, Wolf let the annointed spew about immigration, the border fence, and immigrants then says "Congressman Paul let me get you in on this" What about the CANADIEN border????? Does anyone else think the congressman from Texas might have some thing to say about the SOUTHERN border.????

    June 6, 2007 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  25. Daphne Wallace of ACHOO Service, Private Health Care- Carson City, Nevada

    It has been difficult to post a comment, much less not have a good candidate snubbed.
    I feel that when we attack a known enemy in some country, we should use all the power of Air-bombing that we have- But since we didn't, and we can't yet rout out the enemy, we need to pick our wars better, and/or get in and get out!
    Ron Paul's people need to get the transcripts out there, and we need to paste comments on him to the media and to our local newspapers, through editorials and ads.

    June 6, 2007 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
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