WASHINGTON — "You won’t hear much about it on the evening news," warned Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., "but there is a worldwide war on Christianity."
The senator chose to highlight the danger of radical Islam in his speech before the Values Voter Summit Friday morning.
Paul explained the war on Christianity is not making the headlines it should because the "narrative is not convenient" to the establishment media.
"The president tries to gloss over who’s attacking and killing Christians. The media describes the killings as 'sectarian.'"
But the truth, said the senator, is war is being waged on Christians "by a fanatical element of Islam."
The senator said the killers were a minority of Muslims, but, "unfortunately, that minority number is in the tens of millions."
Paul said radical Islam will come to an end only when Islam polices itself, and, "Only then will knowledge, enlightenment begin to glow and grow and violence, religious violence, will recede. "
The senator cited a list of atrocities around the world by radical Islamists, including Syria, where "Islamic rebels have filmed beheadings of their captives."
"They’ve filmed themselves eating the heart of their enemy. Two Christian bishops have been kidnapped, and one priest was recently killed. These rebels are allies of the Islamic rebels that President Obama is now arming.
"We are now arming Islamic rebels who are allied with al-Qaida that attacked us on 9/11. Does that make any sense at all?"
His voice rising in a crescendo of exasperation, Paul drove his point home, declaring, "American tax dollars should never be spent to prop up a war on Christianity."
"But that’s what’s happening now across the globe. As Christians, we should take a stand and fight against any of your tax dollars funding any persecution of Christians."
Paul made clear he was speaking of a real war on Christianity, but not a conventional one.
"I don’t see the possibility of how 50 to a hundred million radical jihadists are defeated, but they have to be contained, and we have to defend ourselves. Make no mistake, we should actively defend ourselves."
He said Christians should actively prepare for war but seek peace.
And he invoked the counsel of President Ronald Reagan, advising peace through strength.
"In the meantime, take action. Pray for a solution. Hold your politicians accountable for standing up and protecting life and standing up against the war on Christianity," Paul concluded.
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