Sen. Paul: 'Worldwide War on Christians is Being Waged by a Fanatical Element of Islam’

By Michael W. Chapman | October 15, 2013 | 2:47pm EDT

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

( – Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the mainstream media try to ignore it but there is a “worldwide war on Christianity” being waged by a “fanatical element of Islam,” and that U.S. policy towards Syria has resulted in America now sending weapons to “Islamic rebels who are allied with al-Qaida.”

“From Boston to Zanzibar, there's a worldwide war on Christianity,” said Senator Paul at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 12.  “Christians are being attacked around the world, but you won't hear much about it on the evening news because the answer's not convenient. It doesn't fit the narrative we have been told about radical Islam.

“The president tries to gloss over who's attacking and killing Christians,” said Paul.  “The media describes the killings as ‘sectarian.’ But the truth is, a worldwide war on Christians is being waged by a fanatical element of Islam.”

Paul, a conservative Republican popular with the Tea Party, explained that while not all Muslims support violence against Christians, the minority of radical Muslims numbers in the tens of millions worldwide.

“[T]he whole truth is that there is a minority of Muslims who condone killing of Christians, but, unfortunately, that minority number is in the tens of millions,” said Paul.  He added that a Pew Research poll showed that 21% of Egyptians, 15% of Jordanians, and 13% of Pakistani Muslims think terrorism against Christians is acceptable.

Add up the numbers for just those three countries, and “it’s over 40 million Muslims sympathize with violence against Christians,” said Paul. Another poll, he said, showed that 100,000 Muslims living in Britain supported the London subway bombings. Another 400,000 said they had sympathy for the bombings.

Muslims pray outside the Egyptian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, on Aug. 30. (AP)

Paul also talked about the murder of Sarkis el Zakhm, who was killed in the Christian city of Mallula in Syria by radical Muslims solely because he was a Christian.  When Islamic rebels overran the town, said Paul, “Sarkis el Zakhm stood up and he answered them, and he said, ‘I'm a Christian, and if you want to kill me because I am, do so.’ These were Sarkis's last words. Sister Carmel of Damascus said of Sarkis, ‘His death is true martyrdom, a death in odium fidei,’ or a death in the hatred of faith. Make no mistake. This is about your religion.”

“Elsewhere in Syria, Islamic rebels have filmed beheadings of their captives,” said Paul. “They've filmed themselves eating the heart of their enemy. Two Christian bishops have been kidnapped, and one priest was recently killed.”

Senator Paul also said, “These rebels are allies of the Islamic rebels that President Obama is now arming. We are now arming Islamic rebels who are allied with al-Qaida that attacked us on 9/11. Does that make any sense at all?”

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