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Exclusive: Rand Paul Says Some Republicans And Evangelicals Have "Appeared Too Eager For War"


In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Rand Paul says part of the Republican Party’s problem is that the GOP, “and frankly to tell you the truth some in the evangelical Christian movement I think have appeared too eager for war.” While Paul does believe in a strong national defense to prevent war, he has a message to Republicans who believe we need to have boots on the ground everywhere. “The people who in my party want that I think are the people who are shrinking my party."

His comments came within the context of talking about the concept of the Christian “Just War” theory. He also explains how he sees the issue of war through a biblical world view. It’s worth watching and reading below.

The Brody File spent a couple days with Rand Paul and his family down in Kentucky. Rand Paul’s wife (Kelley Paul) sat for the interview as well at their home in Bowling Green Kentucky.

The national profile on him (including an interview with his wife) will air on The 700 Club Thursday. We are releasing some clips ahead of the interview. We will also release more clips on Thursday. Much of this material is NOT in the final 700 Club piece.

Also, watch our Brody File show this week where we devote the entire thirty minutes to our Rand Paul coverage. Watch here.

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Senator Rand Paul: "When we talk about war, that I think part of Republicans problems and frankly to tell you the truth some in the evangelical Christian movement I think have appeared too eager for war."

Senator Rand Paul: "When I read the New Testament, when I read about Jesus, he wasn't really involved with a war of his days. In fact people rebuked him for not being the king they wanted. They wanted somebody to stand up to the Romans. He stood up in a different sort of way but he didn't organize coalitions and guerilla bands and arm them. Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't have people who do want to defend against evil bad forces around the World but I think you need to remember that He was the Prince of Peace. We're talking about 'Blessed are the Peacemakers' not 'Blessed are the Warmakers.’ That doesn’t mean that we don’t have a strong national defense but we should be, at least I think the Republican Party needs to be the Party that is a reluctant party to go to war who believes in a strong national defense because it's a prevention of war not because it allows us to go and be involved in war everywhere and we've got to have boots on the ground. The people who in my party who want that I think are the people who are shrinking my party and I think that’s why I we need something that is new and a little bit different and some of that might be called libertarian. Some of that might be just called a little bit more of a reserved reluctance to go to war."

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Comments on this post

# RE: Exclusive: Rand Paul Says Some Republicans And Evangelicals Have "Appeared Too Eager For War"

Good interview David. I like the way he can articulate complex things in symple common sense way. He breaks down the huge problems that have the gov in gridlock. He's one to watch.
Left by kelly on Apr 10, 2013 12:45 PM

# RE: Exclusive: Rand Paul Says Some Republicans And Evangelicals Have "Appeared Too Eager For War"

I believe like Ronald Reagan, peace through strength. NK might just provoke the USA into war so we better be ready to defend ourselves.
Left by KellieC on Apr 10, 2013 5:26 PM

# RE: Exclusive: Rand Paul Says Some Republicans And Evangelicals Have "Appeared Too Eager For War"

tony PERKINS WAS absolutely right when he said"the message is very clear-if you are christians who believe in the Bible,who believe in transcendent truth,there is no place for you in the military."only he meant this in a sarastic way,not knowing how acurate he was being,because Christianity-contra the different "christian "groups,which he is a part of,seem to think that christian morality consists of denying homosexual and abortion rights.war,capitol punishment,poverty are ignored for the most part.The Jesus who is to be found in the marginilized is ignored.even the Democorates seem to falter,i lost much of my regard for President Oboma when he accepted the nobel peace prize as he obviously is not the apostle for non-violence that Rev.dr.M.L.King,jr was who said shortly before his death,"i want it to be known that I was on the right side when it came to the war question"He was one of the few Christians in the public spot light that was so bold as to stand for "thou shelt not kill."
Left by stanley Trent Bemis on Apr 12, 2013 5:11 AM