Rand Paul stands alone for persecuted ChristiansSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sat, 06/15/2013 - 14:53
by Doug Wead
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has become the first public figure to openly declare what Christians have been bemoaning for the last generation – that there is a war against Christianity.
Speaking Thursday before a gathering of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C., Sen. Paul said, “There is a war on Christianity, not just from liberal elites here at home, but worldwide.”
Said Paul, “It saddens me to see countries that are supposedly our allies persecute Christians.”
Catholics and born-again Christians have talked about the danger for years. In the 1990s, during my stint in the White House as special assistant to the president, I was constantly called on to help Christians who were thrown into prisons or slated for execution all over the world.
Meanwhile, representatives of Christian ministries in the U.S. visited the White House complaining that they had been targeted by the IRS, a fact that the agency actually confirmed to us at the time, without shame. When we tried to find an evangelical Christian who worked in a top position at the agency who could help us understand the nature of the complaints, we learned that there was only one known, born-again Christian in the top 300 positions at the IRS. At the time 38 percent of the nation claimed to be born-again.
It turns out that the token born-again Christian at the IRS was a regional director in the non-profit division and a Catholic charismatic by personal faith. He tried to help the agency understand that it could not dictate doctrine or discriminate against groups based on their faith.