Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appeared on Meet the Press Sunday to weigh in on the situation in Syria. Paul interjected religion as a factor saying that our country’s intervention would put Christians at risk.
Paul explained that the current conflict in Syria was one between the government of President Bashar Al Assad, who Paul said “has protected Christians for a number of decades,” and “Islamic rebels,” who Paul said “have been attacking Christians” and are aligned with Al Qaeda.
The Huffington Post reports:
“I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians, and all of a sudden we’ll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted,” Paul said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Paul was likely referring to a string of incidents in Egypt in recent weeks, where supporters of the deposed government of former president Mohamed Morsi have burned Coptic Christian churches to protest what they see as Christian backing for the military overthrow of Morsi’s government.
Earlier on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that tissue samples from Syria showed evidence that sarin gas was used to kill at least 1,400 civilians outside Damascus on August 21 — an attack the White House says Assad’s government carried out.
Paul, a first-term senator and vocal opponent of U.S. intervention overseas, including U.S. foreign aid, said the U.S. should pursue a negotiated settlement where “Assad is gone, but some of the same people [from Assad’s regime] remain stable,” because, he said, “that would also be good for the Christians.”
If Secretary of State John Kerry is correct when he stated that sarin gas was used to kill at least 1,400 civilians by Assad’s government, then that would suggest Syria’s actions are not very Christ-like. In fact, when sarin gas is launched, it doesn’t just hit certain religions.
Unless! Assad provides only Christians with a secret sarin-repellent.
At any rate, we cannot use religion as a factor. All of the evidence needs to be heavily scrutinized.
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