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Rand Paul Cares About Christian Persecution

Rand Paul spoke at this weekend’s Faith and Freedom Coalition conference and demanded an end to aid to countries that oppress Christians, noting that blasphemy laws are often used to persecute Christians in Muslim countries, especially those who convert from Islam to Christianity.

“It saddens me to see these countries that are supposedly our allies that they continue to persecute Christians. It angers me to see my tax dollars supporting regimes that put Christians to death for blasphemy against Islam, countries that put to death Muslims who convert to Christianity and counties who imprison anyone who marries outside their religion. I say no more money to countries that are doing that to Christians. There’s a war on Christianity, not only by the liberal elites here at home but worldwide.”

Funny, I’ve never heard Rand Paul say one word about the persecution of atheists under those same blasphemy laws, which happens all the time. He’s been completely silent on that score, even when he has the opportunity to address it as he does here. Are blasphemy laws only bad when they are used against Christians? I’ve also never heard him demanding an end to aid to countries that imprison and execute gay people. Apparently it’s only tyranny and oppression when it affects Christians.

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  1. Who Knows? says

    You haven’t heard Rand defend atheists because he doesn’t believe they should be defended. The Paul’s brand of liberty is the liberty to agree with the majority. Nothing more.

  2. says

    Funny, I’ve never heard Rand Paul say one word about the persecution of atheists under those same blasphemy laws…

    …or complain about his precious tax dollars being used to demonize, persecute or kill Muslims. (Funny how his wording seems to imply that persecuting Christians would be less deplorable if “his” money wasn’t being spent on it.)

  3. Doug Little says

    Isn’t this guy meant to be a Libertarian? like Ed points out he should care about any persecution due to race, religion or sexual orientation. I guess he’s just another liar for Jesus.

  4. Reginald Selkirk says

    Randomfactor #1: And followers of Aqua Buddha, like Rand himself.

    Oh come now, that was back in his college days. He gave it up for Lent.

  5. says

    Funny, I’ve never heard Rand Paul say one word about the persecution of atheists under those same blasphemy laws, which happens all the time.

    Quoth Rand Paul:

    There’s a war on Christianity, not only by the liberal elites here at home but worldwide.

    Well, there’s your problem. “Liberal elites” is code for “atheists.” You see, atheists and Muslims can never be persecuted, they can only be persecutors. Because only True Christians™ can be persecuted. It’s right there in their book. If they aren’t persecuted, then they really aren’t Christians.

    If an individual showed a persecution complex like the Christians, we’d be recommending counseling and medication; because it’s a religion, we praise them instead.

  6. mikeyb says

    For that matter what about Buddhists in Tibet, even many moderate Muslims in extremest Islamic countries, etc. etc. The principle should be that persecution against any minority group should be condemned.

    It’s also odd that a libertarian would even care about persecution anyway, this is just a product of the free market for a given condition, why get in the way.

  7. demonhauntedworld says

    Also he is named after fairly famous atheist!

    Contrary to popular belief, Rand Paul was not named after Ayn Rand…although I’m sure he wishes he was.

  8. Michael Heath says

    Who Knows? writes:

    The Paul’s brand of liberty is the liberty to agree with the majority. Nothing more.

    Wildly untrue, as demonstrated in this very article Here Rand Paul is arguing for the equal protection of Christians in countries dominated by Muslims.

    In the U.S. Sen. Paul is an advocate of the government protecting the rights of racist business operators to deny goods and services to black people or gays, no matter how few those bigots number. He thinks we should protect their individual association and property rights even if it denies blacks and gays equal access goods and services from businesses that serve the public.

  9. vmanis1 says

    Persecution seems to be part of our nature. It would be great if we could get as far as not killing people, and from there to the absurd heights of loving our neighbor. Tom Lehrer, as with so many other topics, nailed this in his song “National Brotherhood Week”, which goes, in part,

    Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
    And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
    And the Hindus hate the Muslims,
    And everybody hates the Jews.

    But during National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week,
    It’s National Everyone-smile-at-one-another-hood Week
    Be nice to people who
    Are inferior to you.
    It’s only for a week, so have no fear.
    Be grateful that it doesn’t last all year!

    There’s a story that Ricardo Montalban was present for a live performance of Lehrer’s `Vatican Rag’. A furious Montalban erupted with `How dare you make fun of my religion! I love my religion! I will die for my religion!’. Lehrer midly responded `That’s fine with me, as long as you don’t do it here.’

  10. Who Knows? says

    Michael,

    no matter how few those bigots number

    Given the prevalent racism here, our criminal justice system as evidence, I’m not sure there are only a few bigots out there.

  11. says

    @9&10:

    Well, his first name is Randall and I’m sure that Rand is just what people called him instead of “Randy” or “jerkweed” or “lying, fucktard, piece-of-shit, scumbag son of a lying, fucktard, piece-of-shit scumbag.

    He’s apparently not too big on the concept of “democracy”, either:

    “Though he would still not give them a definitive answer on his position on the Civil Rights Act, he did say that he believed federal intervention had been justified. “I’m not a firm believer in democracy,” he explained. “It gave us Jim Crow.”

    from here (http://carloz.newsvine.com/_news/2013/06/18/19018076-rand-not-a-firm-believer-in-democracy-paul-for-president-watch-out-hes-becoming-a-better-politician-every-day)

  12. robb says

    i like how he mentions the “liberal elite” is persecuting christians– like there are no liberal christians, and being elite is bad.

  13. says

    “There’s a war on Christianity … by the liberal elites here at home”

    This guy couldn’t be more full of shit unless you removed all of his internal organs. Whenever someone declares that there’s a “war on” something, you can be at least 98.7 percent certain that he is full of shit, not only about the issue at hand but everything else he says.

  14. Trebuchet says

    But don’t worry, he wants us to “Stand with me to sue the NSA”, according to the ad at the top of this very page.

    I find it hard to believe that a prominent libertarian naming his son “Randall” is totally unrelated to Ms. Rand.

  15. iangould says

    “countries that put to death Muslims who convert to Christianity”

    Can anyone give an example of someone executed by a government for apostasy, anywhere in the world in the last 50 years?

  16. whirligig says

    If he has managed to stuff Islamic theocrats into the “liberal” box, the word has lost all useful meaning. I doubt that’s what he meant to say, but that’s the result of his phrasing and his examples. In his baffled mind, they are probably the same thing anyway, whether he meant to say it or not.

  17. says

    Rand Paul is actually against all foreign aid, but for pandering purposes he proposes that all US aid to countries that persecute Christians should be cut off first. He’s been known to make Israeli politicians nervous, as well, because he’s made it known he’d like to see aid to Israel stopped as well. But first, he promises, the Mooslims will be cut off.

    Aside from whether he’s right or wrong in his recommendation to end all foreign aid, the point is that he was pandering to the yokel base.

  18. grrrfriend says

    Fundamentalists in every religion want to force their beliefs on all of us. It always makes me laugh, though wryly, when Christians complain about being persecuted. They are largely responsible for the dumbing down we see going on in the Red States. They teach their followers that all non-Christians are evil doers of whom they must be wary. That includes scientists, college educated people and anyone who adheres to any other belief system other than their own. They believe that to be Christian, one must never express doubt or question about anything in the Bible, or their application of it to everyone’s life. They would like nothing more than to completely subjugate women once again. Until that is possible (never) they will continue to pass misogynist laws that take away the rights of women to receive equal pay, or to make decisions about their own bodies. A lot of them would love to see women charged with 1st degree murder for terminating a pregnancy- even if it involves rape or incest. Christians on the school board in Texas edited the school textbooks in Texas, to include bible-based speculations and theories, In Texas, they removed any mention of Thomas Jefferson in the textbooks because he believed in separation of Church and State, and questioned Biblical teachings. They pushed for the word Democracy to be removed from the textbooks, and substituted with the word Republic. They were vetoed on that. They pressed to have the President full name in the revised textbooks, as Barach Hussein Obama. That was also voted down, since the President has always gone by the name Barach H. Obama in his Presidency. Laughably, they attempted to have the phrase “hip-hop” removed, and replaced with the phrase “Country/Western.” Fundamental Christians are terrified of teachers who urge their students to think creatively- which they equate with heresy. Question nothing you are told- questions mean a lack of faith. And these are the people who talk about being persecuted. Not to worry, fundamental Christians; your numbers are dwindling every day, thanks in great part to yourselves.

  19. raven says

    @iangould
    Like blasphemy, most of the deaths occur by mobs or vigilantes before it gets to trial.

    That was my impression. The governments don’t have to do anything. The religious authorities and their mobs are good at killing people without any help.

    An atheist, not a xian, was recently killed in Bangladesh by a mob.

    FWIW, it is true that xians are persecuted in most of the middle east. And it got orders of magnitude worse due to US foreign policies. To take just one example, something like 1/3 to 1/2 of the Iraqi xians are now either dead or emigrated, probably was the oldest xian group on the planet. This has a name we’ve all heard before, collateral damage.

    If Rand Paul was doing anything more than demagogueing his base, he would have pointed out how Bush’s pointless war all but destroyed a large group of xians.

  20. says

    Funny how his wording seems to imply that persecuting Christians would be less deplorable if “his” money wasn’t being spent on it.

    Like most faux-libertarians, Randy believes the worst crime in the world is to make him pay for something.

  21. iangould says

    “Like blasphemy, most of the deaths occur by mobs or vigilantes before it gets to trial.”

    “Most”?

    So you can cite examples where courts have sentenced people to death for blasphemy or apostasy and they’ve been executed?

  22. atheist says

    Not that it’s very important, but Rand Paul is supposedly named after the South African Krugerrand gold coin. That makes sense given his dad’s obsession with gold. The Pauls are indeed of a political group sometimes called “paleo-libertarian” which combines paleoconservativism with libertarianism. Though they are a far-right group, some of their positions match those of the left – most notably their anti-Imperialist stance.

  23. iangould says

    “most notably their anti-Imperialist stance.”

    Which I strongly suspect is based in not very well-hidden antisemitism.

  24. says

    Like most faux-libertarians, Randy believes the worst crime in the world is to make him pay for something.

    That’s not “faux” anything, that’s really a central tenet of libertarian dogma.

  25. says

    The Pauls, Parasite and Filth, are nothing but grifters. Like the fundie church leaders, Papa Doc groomed Baby Doc for succession. He’s got the “suck” part right.

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