Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
September 4, 2015

Paul: U.S. Funding ‘War on Christianity in the Middle East’

Sen. Rand Paul

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul lashed out at U.S. foreign aid policies again Thursday, restating his opposition against aiding Syrian rebels during a speech to social conservatives.

“It is clear that American taxpayer dollars are being used to enable a war on Christianity in the Middle East and I believe that must end,” the Kentucky Republican said.

Mentioning Egypt, Iraq and Libya, Paul said atrocities were being committed against Christians despite U.S. assistance.

“These countries are not our true allies and no amount of money will make them so. They are not allies of Israel, and I fear one day our money and military arms that we have paid for will be used against Israel,” Paul said. “This fight has made me unpopular in Washington but I am willing to risk unpopularity with politicians to do what I am convinced is right.”

Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, Paul highlighted his ill-fated proposals to cut off U.S. foreign aid to various countries until they meet conditions, including Pakistan and Egypt.

“The bipartisan consensus in Washington vows to increase Egypt’s funding. The president is currently requesting a billion dollar increase in aid to Egypt,” Paul said. “This is an outrage! It is amazing that so many in Washington fail to see who the real enemies are. We should immediately stop sending F-16s and tanks to Egypt.”

As critics like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have pointed out, Paul’s view on aid to Egypt would run afoul of the landmark Camp David Accords between Egypt, Israel and the United States.

As for the situation in Syria, Paul essentially took the side of the current Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. He said he would continue to push against U.S. intervention and efforts to provide new armaments to rebels.

“Now, the Senate is attempting to arm the rebel forces in Syria, many of whom are al-Qaida or affiliates. They do so out of a misguided attempt to stop the violence in Syria,” Paul said. “Instead their actions will bring more violence and more persecution of Christians, who have long been protected in Syria.”

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed a bill last month, 15-3, that would allow for arming approved rebel groups, including with lethal assistance, but such a bill has no path to the Senate floor without Paul acquiescing while the chamber is occupied with the immigration overhaul.

Comments (39)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. tee vee

    June 13, 2013
    2:47 p.m.

    God bless you sir, if you run for presidency you just won my vote.

  2. Anonymous

    July 4, 2015
    4:03 p.m.

    This is a topic close to my heart cheers, where are your contact details though?

  3. Anonymous

    July 6, 2015
    7:44 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your web site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What an ideal web-site.

  4. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    5:28 p.m.

    I like this weblog its a master peace ! Glad I found this on google .

  5. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    8:39 p.m.

    Good write-up, I am regular visitor of one’s blog, maintain up the nice operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a long time.

  6. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    4:54 a.m.

    What i do not understood is actually how you’re not actually much more well-liked than you might be now. You are very intelligent. You realize therefore considerably relating to this subject, produced me personally consider it from a lot of varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs excellent. Always maintain it up!

  7. Anonymous

    July 11, 2015
    8:21 a.m.

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!;u=4299

  8. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    12:48 p.m.

    hey there and thank you for your info – I have definitely picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise several technical points using this site, as I experienced to reload the website a lot of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my email and can look out for a lot more of your respective intriguing content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..

  9. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    5:36 p.m.

    Thanks for some other informative website. Where else may I get that type of info written in such an ideal manner? I’ve a challenge that I am just now operating on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.

  10. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    7:13 p.m.

    Utterly pent subject material, Really enjoyed looking at.

  11. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    10:33 p.m.

    Hey, you used to write excellent, but the last few posts have been kinda boring… I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

  12. Anonymous

    July 17, 2015
    5:20 a.m.

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my weblog so i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  13. Anonymous

    July 20, 2015
    4:28 p.m.

    There is clearly a bunch to know about this. I suppose you made various nice points in features also.

  14. Anonymous

    July 20, 2015
    8:20 p.m.

    I am not rattling good with English but I find this really leisurely to translate.

  15. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    4:13 a.m.

    I appreciate your piece of work, thankyou for all the interesting content.

  16. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    12:01 p.m.

    I will immediately grab your rss as I can not to find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me understand in order that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

  17. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    11:06 p.m.

    After I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any way you may remove me from that service? Thanks!

  18. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    9:33 a.m.

    I truly appreciate this post. I¦ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again

  19. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    8:42 p.m.

    Hi, Neat post. There is a problem together with your site in web explorer, might check this?K IE nonetheless is the market leader and a big element of people will pass over your great writing because of this problem.

  20. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    8:12 a.m.

    Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  21. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    4:01 p.m.

    I’ll immediately snatch your rss as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please allow me recognise in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  22. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    8:04 p.m.

    Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  23. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    12:28 p.m.

    Thanks for your marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and will often come back in the future. I want to encourage you to continue your great work, have a nice weekend!

  24. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    3:01 p.m.

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  25. Anonymous

    Aug. 3, 2015
    10:48 a.m.

    Hello.This article was really interesting, especially because I was looking for thoughts on this topic last Saturday.

  26. Anonymous

    Aug. 4, 2015
    7:35 p.m.

    Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this info. Today bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is actually annoying. A good website with exciting content, this is what I need. Thank you for keeping this web-site, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

  27. Anonymous

    Aug. 6, 2015
    3:54 a.m.

    Aw, this was a very nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and precise effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    4:07 a.m.

    Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My blog addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the way!

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    2:32 p.m.

    Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 10, 2015
    4:58 a.m.

    Hey there, You have done an incredible job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this web site.

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 10, 2015
    3:29 p.m.

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this web site wants far more consideration. I’ll in all probability be once more to learn far more, thanks for that info.

  32. Anonymous

    Aug. 11, 2015
    2:58 p.m.

  33. Anonymous

    Aug. 17, 2015
    9:26 p.m.

    I have been checking out many of your articles and i can claim pretty good stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your blog.

  34. Anonymous

    Aug. 23, 2015
    8:45 p.m.

    I like what you guys are up too. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my website :)

  35. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    12:52 a.m.

    Hello would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a honest price? Cheers, I appreciate it!

  36. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    12:02 p.m.

    I like what you guys are up too. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my website :)

  37. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    4:10 p.m.

    Thanks for this post, I am a big fan of this web site would like to keep updated.

  38. Anonymous

    Aug. 26, 2015
    10:50 a.m.

    Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no backup. Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?

  39. Anonymous

    Aug. 30, 2015
    1:09 a.m.

    Hey there are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any html coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...