Rand Paul and the Christian Nation

According to Rand Paul, who recently defeated conservative stalwart Trey Grayson in the GOP primary for a Senate seat in Kentucky, we would be better off if the US were a Christian nation.  In his words,

I’m a Christian. We go to the Presbyterian Church. My wife’s a Deacon there and we’ve gone there ever since we came to town. I see that Christianity and values is the basis of our society. . . . 98% of us won’t murder people, won’t steal, won’t break the law and it helps a society to have that religious underpinning. You still need to have the laws but I think it helps to have a people who believe in law and order and who have a moral compass or a moral basis for their day to day life.

As an atheist, who must therefore, by implication, be an immoral murderer, thief, and subverter of law and order, I can only suggest that Mr. Paul consider how well the “Christian nation” thing has worked out for us in the past. The Albigensians were mercilessly annihilated by the leaders of Christian nations at the behest of the leader of the world’s Christians at the time, Pope Innocent III. They carried out this act of law and order because they were Christians. The Hussites were attacked and slaughtered by the leaders of Christian nations at the behest of the leader of the world’s Christians at the time, Pope Martin V, who called on

all the kings, princes, dukes, barons, knights, states, and commonwealths of Christendom, adjured them, by “the wounds of Christ,” to unite their arms and exterminate that “sacrilegious and accursed nation.

Exterminate they did, and countless thousands were killed in the many years of warfare between Christian nations that followed.  Those who carried out these acts of law and order did so because they were Christians.  In France, tens of thousands of Huguenots were murdered on St. Bartholomew’s Day in a Christian nation at the behest of Christian rulers by people who acted on behalf of Christianity. They carried out this act of law and order because they were Christians.  Eight civil wars were fought between the Christian Huguenots and the Christian Catholics in Christian France.  Tens of thousands died in these acts of law and order, fought by Christians to vindicate Christian principles.  Eventually, hundreds of thousands of Huguenots were forced to flee the country after being subjected to countless acts of rape, pillage, and murder, carried out by Christians to vindicate Christian principles at the behest of a Christian king.  Very few of them remained in France after law and order had been restored in this way. 

The list goes on and on.  I would be interested in hearing how the “libertarian” Paul would go about the task of creating a Christian utopia, with all the blessings of law and order set forth above.  Normally, to create such utopias, it is necessary to use state power.  I would also be interested in hearing how Paul would insure equality before the law and equal rights for all citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs, in a country ruled by people who, like him, believe that those who are not religious are likely to murder, steal, and break the law. 

Paul’s detractors are right.  He is a bigot.

Author: Helian

I am Doug Drake, and I live in Maryland, not far from Washington, DC. I am a graduate of West Point, and I hold a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin. My blog reflects my enduring fascination with human nature and human morality.

One thought on “Rand Paul and the Christian Nation”

  1. You have carried Paul’s rhetoric miles beyond what he intended. Paul is not speaking of utopia, Christian or otherwise, only saying that American society is better for being nominally Christian in its origins and traditions. Any dispassionate observer would have to agree. This reflexive “the crusades! the inquisition!” citation of historical events in which rhetorical appeals to Christianity were used to rouse soldiers and affect public will to war is a tired old horse. American evangelical Christianity is “feed the poor, be good to each other, tell people the Good News about Jesus” stuff, not “conquer the infidel for Christ” stuff. Modern Islam fills the role that the warlike Catholic church filled 600 years ago, and in fact was competing with it even then, and is STILL motivated by that history today.

    It is easy to find hypocrisy and cynicism in American Christianity, as it is anywhere else in society. It proves nothing but that human beings are easily tempted and selfishly motivated. This has been true since our beginning, and always will be. But the overall impact on America of evangelical Christianity has been for good and it’s silly to insist otherwise. There would be no America without bible-believing men like George Washington.

    I am not a libertarian and decidedly not a fan of Rand Paul, and especially not his racist father. Rand Paul appears to be insufficiently prepared, and perhaps simply insufficient, for this task. I do not know why we settle for weak candidates, and I resent the Paul family and their followers for their now successful attempt to divert the tea party from its mission.

    But you seem to have imputed to Dr. Paul the motivations of warlord Popes, and that’s just silly.

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