Paul: Obama 'does nothing to stop' war on Christianity
October 11th, 2013
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Paul: Obama 'does nothing to stop' war on Christianity

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky devoted his speech to the socially conservative Values Voter Summit to “a war on Christianity” that is being waged by “fanatics of Islam.”

Much of Paul’s speech was a list of violence against Christians across the Muslim world, highlighting what he said was “not a little problem” and something that is “not going away quickly.”

“Across the globe, Christians are under attack almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or we lived under early pagan Roman rule,” Paul said. “This administration does nothing to stop it and it can be argued that it is giving aid and comfort to those who tolerate these crimes.”

Paul also touched upon his record, where he earlier this year he tried to put a halt to aid to Egypt – a nation Paul said was facilitating the war on Christianity.

“Earlier this year, I forced the Senate to vote to defund the Muslim Brotherhood and every Democrat voted to continue sending your money to the Muslim Brotherhood,” Paul said. “I can tell you one thing, as long as I am in the Senate, I will fight against sending any money to the Muslim brotherhood.”

He continued: “We send billions of dollars to Egypt to Pakistan. We have helped place Islamic regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama now sends arms to Islamic rebels in Syria. In Egypt, the mob that attacked our embassy climbed on top our embassy and burned out flag, I don’t know about you, but I have had enough. I say not one penny more to any country that would burn the American flag.”

Although his remarks were filled with applause lines, Paul’s speech was noticeably more muted than his predecessor, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

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  1. Anonymous

    "I say not one penny more to any country that would burn the American flag"
    Last I heard, and it could have changed, the SCOTUS ruled that in American, burning the flag is a legal act of
    freedom of speech.

    October 11, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. rs

    However this Regime has shown constant distain for the freedoms that this country once stood for.

    Obama: the Constitution is truly dead.
    First- name YOUR lost freedoms.
    Second- show me in the Constitution where the tin-pot, banana-Republican can legally shut down the government and threaten to wereck the economy.

    October 11, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Is it the "Christian" thing to NOT help the least amongst us? Is it the "Christian" thing to bear false witness upon thy neighbor? Is it the "Christian" thing to promote war rather than turn the other cheek? I certainly know it's NOT the "Christian" thing to protest outside the funerals of our fallen soldiers. So what kind of "Christian" are you referring to Rand? Because you're giving good & righteous Christians a bad name.
    True Christians would never sanction any of the above evils, but some of these false prophets who call themselves Christian Conservatives commit such atrocities all the time because they actually worship money.

    October 11, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. S. B. Stein

    I think that his history is a bit off. Christian were under threat during part of the Roman Empire. They weren't under threat during the Middle Ages unless you consider the Muslim reactions to the Crusades or the Moor invasion of the Iberian penesula. I don't think that Paul is also taking into account the European wars where one kind of Christian was attacking another (Catholics vs Protestants). I think that every religious group has been under attack at some point. The B'Hai in Iran; Hindu and Muslim in India; Muslim and Buddists in China in addition to some Christian; this doesn't even cover the Jews.

    October 11, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    I do hope Mr. Rand Paul doesn't come out and directly say that God told him to run for President of the United States.

    Yeah, I know. God told Sarah Palin he opened the door for her to run as V.P. God told Michele Bachmann he wanted her to run for President. God told Mark Sanford to run for Congress. I'm sure there are more GOP God speakisms, but to be honest, I've lost count.

    Oops. List I forget ... one more: God recently woke Bill O'Reilly up in the middle of the night to tell Bill to write a book about Jesus.

    October 11, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Alan S.

    Most people are not aware of the origins of the wars between Christian and Muslims. Upon the Moors over running and taking control of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain) in 711 AD was the beginning of the "Crusades". These would continue by both Spain and the Catholic Church in some form into the 1600s. The Muslims were finally defeated and Spain took controll over the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 with the victory at Granda. The same year Christopher Columbus discovered the New World and the same year Spain rid itself of Jews either deportation or death.

    October 11, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    Richard Long

    ObamaBots need more proof?

    Why was there an order from the Obama Regime to arrest any Military Chaplain if they performed any service during the Obama 2013 Shutdown?


    Yeah, that never happened. Honestly, you should at least TRY to expand your knowledge beyond the bowl of lies your reichwing owners serve you every day.

    October 11, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Thomas

    Values Voter Summit ?

    Ted Cruz , Rand Paul , sounds like the bargain bin at GOPMART !

    October 11, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. TONE

    Hypochristians= rightwing/teaparty/gop, what a sorry bunch, wolf in sheep clothing,false prophets beware of them.

    October 11, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Winning

    The son (Rand) is not like his father, do not be fooled Ron Paul supporters!!

    Why is it Obama's job to get involved in this "war against Christianity?" He is a secular president, not a deacon or pope or other religious figure. It isn't his job to do it. I don't want a president who champions Christianity, or any other religion for that matter.

    October 11, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. wendel

    reinforces the nut jobs really has he spoken to God. Lucky we have freedom of speech or all theses trolls would be behind bars. Maybe they should move somewhere else?

    October 11, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. quinLee

    so we are back to this now.

    October 11, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Paul

    Its called sepreation of Church and State. ITs not the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the government to "protect" one religion from another, or say one religion is more american than another. So hands off is actually the American and Legal thing to do.

    October 11, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    The War on Christianity is a myth. There are around 13,000 McDonald's and 300,000 christian churches. What would you say if the CEO of McDonald claimed they were being persecuted?

    Now attendance is down but that might not be some evil conspiracy. Maybe people are not getting what they need anymore. That is not a government problem.

    I heard Palin talking the other day – she was upset that there was ONE new mosque in some city. Who are the intolerant ones?

    October 11, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    The Republican Tea Party is dominated by ugly cartoonish politicians like Paul and Cruz. The rebranding of the Republican Party is dead on arrival.

    October 11, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. smith

    The arab spring and Obama`s policies have turned the middle east into chaos. Good work Carter, Soros, and Obama. As far as Rand goes, help yourself to a history book. Religous wars and killings have always been going on. Nothing new.

    October 11, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Rand Paul milking the Christians , next week he will be working the Jews for money , after that the Hindi conservatives .

    Rand Paul / Michele Bachmann 2016

    I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end time history.

    October 11, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Why was there an order from the Obama Regime to arrest any Military Chaplain if they performed any service during the Obama 2013 Shutdown?"

    First of all, the lack of funding and long-standing statutory law forced this on the military, not Obama's whim.

    Second, it applies to all religious affiliations, not just Christians, so you're a liar if you're trying to pretend that this is somehow persecution against Christians or shows Obama's part of your imaginary "war on Christianity."

    Third, Obama has not ordered anyone arrested nor threatened it...unsourced claims that "my source told me that someone told him" do not prove that the Commander in Chief did something. Rather, contract workers and employees are subject to disciplinary action for violating the rules regarding their furloughs, etc.

    Fourth, this ONLY means that furloughed religious leaders can't hold mass or other events ON does not prevent them from doing anything they want at an OFF BASE location.

    Fifth, claiming this was something that was not foreseen and that nobody knew it would happen is a lie.

    Sixth, go read the Anti-Deficiency Act instead of letting Faux News, Breitbart et al fill your tinfoil hatted head with nonsense.

    October 11, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This little twerp was out of the spot light for a week, so he had to dream up something to offensive against the President. Sweep this little troll out next year, along with the rest of the Tea Traitors!

    October 11, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "I say not one penny more to any country that would burn the American flag."

    No wonder he wants to defund the federal gov't that protects our right to do just that.

    October 11, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. mikeb

    It's the same with most organized religions , they place more emphasis on dogma , pagentry and pronouncements , than the original purpose of religion , and they have elevated all these in importance above what the true message of faith should be and they spend all their and your time telling you what god is and how you should worship , when god is in everyman and it's contingent on him to discover god . No one can tell you or lead you there , it is truly one of the most personal journeys you'll ever make , the journey to true faith .

    October 11, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Name

    Why even call your self Christian when every thing the bible said you not doing any, Christian help poor and needy not cut their food nor their health care so tell me what make your Christian

    October 11, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    What's in that tea anyway?

    Aww the guy named after an atheist is calling Obama at war against Christianity. Jesus wouldn't recognize this bunch of idiots calling themselves the "true amurkan Kurshuns"
    I think Jesus would immediately recognize them as the false prophets that they are. Jesus was a man of peace, not war.

    October 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. John

    God says Rand Paul is a fruit-loopy liar who is taking HIS name in vain. And it is staring to annoy HIM. Pass it on.

    October 11, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Maybe because he's part of the Muslim Brotherhood. Never thought I'd say that about an American president."

    Well, that's because you and others like you assumed that, since "this is a white people country," you'd never have a brown one. And oh looky, now we do, and your head has exploded with bigotry.

    October 11, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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