CUFI Miffed by Rand's CommentsSubmitted by davyC on Sun, 09/15/2013 - 10:58
Christian Leaders Criticize Rand Paul’s Comments
Deny that American Christians support wars for Israel’s benefit
by Adam Kredo | September 13, 2013 4:58 pm
Prominent Christian leaders criticized Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) on Friday for comments he made about the role the Christian community plays in America’s foreign policy debates.
“I think some within the Christian community are such great defenders of the promised land and the chosen people that they think war is always the answer, maybe even preemptive war,” Paul said in an interview with BuzzFeed. “And I think it’s hard to square the idea of a preemptive war and, to me, that over eagerness [to go to] war, with Christianity.”
Paul’s comments appeared to be aimed at the Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a prominent pro-Israel Evangelical group that has advocated in favor of strong U.S.-Israel ties.
The senator’s office was forced to clarify his comments after officials at CUFI and other pro-Israel insiders repudiated the remarks, calling them “slander.”