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October 18, 2010

Rand Paul Blasts Opponent's Ad Referencing Baylor

Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, chastised his opponent Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway for an ad referencing Paul's time as a student at Baylor University. During yesterday’s Senate debate in Kentucky, Paul said in his closing statements that the race has "turned ugly," quoting Jesus's words in Mark 8:36/Matthew 16:26.

Most of you who know me know me as a pro-life Christian ... I'm disheartened that my opponent has chosen to attack my religious beliefs. We have serious problems in our country. We have to have a serious discussion. He's descended into the gutter to attack my Christian beliefs.
...I believe that those who stoop to the level of attacking a man's religious beliefs to gain higher office, I believe that they should remember that it does not profit a man to gain the world if he loses his soul in the process. If you wish to be considered for higher office, if you wish to enter into the debate, step up, cast aside these attacks on my personal religion. Jack, you should be ashamed. You should apologize. Have you no decency? Have you no shame?

Conway's ad referenced stories about Paul's past. "Why was Rand Paul a member of a secret society that called the Holy Bible a 'hoax'?" the ad's narrator asks. "Why did Rand Paul once tie a woman up, tell her to bow down before a false idol and say his god was 'Aqua Buddha'."

Paul has denied involvement in a kidnapping, saying that he went along with a college prank. Paul was a member of a secret society at Baylor University that published mocking statements about the Bible in newsletters, according to Ben Smith's Politico.

Paul released a new ad stating that the candidate "keeps Christ in his heart." It asks, "What kind of man would bear false witness just to win an election?" before showing a photo of Conway.

Conway's campaign says that the original ad does not question Paul's faith, according to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post.

Paul, who is the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, leads in recent polls. In May, James Dobson switched his endorsement from former Republican candidate Trey Grayson to Paul. Dobson said that “senior members of the GOP” mislead him by saying that Paul was pro-choice. Dobson said that Paul identifies with the tea party and calls him "my kind of man."

Comments

Career politicians like Jack Conway will do or say anything to get elected and stay in office, especially when they are losing. What's sad to see is so many continuing to support Conway and his dispicable behavior. May God clear their eyes so that they may see him for the deceiver he is.

I'm pretty sure that's not really what Jesus was talking about in Matt. 16, but it's nice to know that Mr. Paul's time at Baylor did at least provide enough of a biblical education to make creative use of Scripture for the sake of personal defense.

As a graduate of Baylor University and part of a long line of family members with Baylor ties, I have to laugh(rather than cry) at the depths that some fools will descend to win an election. Jack Conway obviously does not know a thing about the culture of Baylor or anything about the NOze Brotherhood. I could go on ad nauseum as to how idiotic this charge is, but it really makes me wonder what Conway was doing at age 20.

I think the real issue here is Paul's adherence to a radical political ideology that has as its basis the so-called philosophy of avowed atheist Ayn Rand.

Paul's radical libertarianism is completely inconsistant with a Biblical faith and should be disavowed by any Bible believing Christian. I am not saying that Conway was in the right for making this ad, but the questions he raises are ones that need to be answered. If Obama's faith is open for question, so too should Paul's be.

And remember boys and girls, a vote for Paul is a vote for Aqua Buddha! ;-)

Let's review:
1. We had a senator who got his girl friend pregnant [not his wife], got drunk, tried to drive pregnant girl friend home from a party but drove off into a creek where she drowned while he saved his own skin. And he was voted repeatedly back into office.
2. We had a president who was a draft dodger, who smoked pot, who was a serial philanderer.
3. And now we have a president who admits that he used and sold cocaine while he was a young man.
And Rand Paul was wrong for being thin skinned and not shaking Conway's hand after the debate? In an older and better generation, Paul would have clocked him for those comments. ;-P

I did not hear Rand Paul deny that that was his position as a young man. Most college students go through some rebellious stage; perhap Rand did also. Maybe he is a Christian now, I know he said we know him as one, but I did not hear him confess to be one. Any man who thinks that people of a different ethnic group or so-called race is inferior to another isn't practicing what Jesus taught. The devil can quote the Scriptures.

Does he and his father still adhere to racist tenets?

Kentucky Right to Life endorsed Rand Paul's competitor in the Republican primary, as did James Dobson. But Dobson switched to Paul after receiving assurances from the Paul campaign about Paul's positions on the issues. The Paul campaign then featured Dobson's endorsement on radio ads in Kentucky and accused Paul's Republican competitor of being misleading when warning that Paul's libertarianism would end up disappointing social conservatives.

The question is whether the Paul campaign misled Dr Dobson. Did Rand Paul respect the authority of scripture before he got into politics? Let's not kid ourselves about the fact that many Republican politicians are more interested in evangelical votes than evangelicalism.

While I am not a fan of Rand Paul, I do not think what he did or didn't do in college should be held against him. My behavior in my college days was surely nothing to write home to my Momma about nor would I want to be held accountable for some of my beliefs then.

Does anyone know if Rand Paul ever goes to church? That easy criterion knocks out a lot of politicians who claim to be Christian.

I find Mr. Paul's response as disheartening as his past behavior. He doesn't deny it, repudiate it, or try to explain it. He wiggles out of saying what exactly his religion is now. And he sanctimoniously attacks his opponent for thinking that pagan religious beliefs or blasphemy might be at all relevant to voters making their choice.

Carter--Libertarianism is inconsistent with Biblical faith? Really? I would LOVE to hear that one explained...

Gabe:

You are your brothers' keeper. Your obligation is to love the Lord and your neighbor--that is, everyone--as yourself. These simple doctrines are directly contrary to the self-deifying selfishness of libertarianism.