Ron Paul: Without Hate For Islam Our Aggressive Foreign Policy Couldn’t Continue




Ron Paul speaks out against the warmongering demagogues who attempt to link Islam with Al Qaeda. Stop fanning the flames of hate and don’t manipulate the public into supporting the continuation of an aggressive foreign policy that now threatens to bankrupt America!

Related Content: Ron Paul’s NYC Mosque Press Release

Show: CNN American Morning
Channel: CNN
Date: 08/24/2010

Transcript

CNN Anchor: It’s safe to say that you were Tea Party before Tea Party was cool, Congressman Paul. And we’re noticing a lot of Tea Party candidates all over the country today. Is this going to be a big day for those candidates, or do you think it’s maybe going to be something that the incumbents will hang their hat on, like John McCain out in Arizona?

Ron Paul: Well, I think it will be a mixed bag and I think even though, let’s say, half of the Tea Party candidates win, it’s a pretty big deal. But no, they’re not going to win all their support – you know, everybody they support. I think it will be pretty mixed.

CNN Anchor: And let me ask you about one of the races up in Alaska. Sarah Palin has weighed in, throwing her weight behind the challenger in that race, Joe Miller, running against Senator Makowsky. And I’m just wondering, what do you make of Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee; some of these big name Republicans sort of weighing in in individual races across the country. Do you think that’s a good idea?

Ron Paul: Oh, I think they’re pretty good. I do it, but I’m very, very selective. I just have trouble finding the candidates I really get enthusiastic about. I want candidates that have a real Constitutional take on foreign policy and civil liberties, the drug war and also on economic matters. But no, I think for them to weigh in, but I want the people to sort all these positions out, so that they know exactly what is being supported, what positions are being supported.

CNN Anchor: Do you think it’s meddling for somebody like Sarah Palin to go into a contest like the one up in Alaska and throw her weight behind the challenger there, or perhaps another state like Georgia where she gets criticized somewhat for doing that down in Georgia?

Ron Paul: No, I wouldn’t call it meddling. I think our presidents have done this for many, many decades, if not ever since the beginning of time, the beginning of our country. So no, I think it’s pretty traditional to do it. Maybe some people overdo it, and exaggerate and do it just to build up chips and get people to support them later on. But no, I wouldn’t use the word ‘meddling’, but sometimes I guess they get overly involved more than they should.

CNN Anchor: Let me ask you about one of the issues that’s come up during a lot of these contests all over the country, and that’s the proposed Islamic center and Mosque near Ground Zero. You came out very much in favor of that project, mainly along libertarian lines, saying that property rights and freedom of religion rights are a big part of this. And on your blog you wrote that opposition to the mosque is all about hate and Islamaphobia. What did you mean about that?

Ron Paul: I think the people who are organizing that is one thing, but now that every candidate gets asked that question, I don’t think you can put them all in the same category. But the organizers, the woman that put this out on her webpage and the people that picked up on it and preached this, yes, I think that they want to continue the hatred towards Islam rather than Al-Qaida in order that justify their foreign policy of intervention and nation building and occupation, because if you don’t have an enemy that you despise, it’s hard to get that support.

But you know, I think it’s turned into another issue as well, maybe your station has reported on this Imam and he seems like a pretty reasonable person. So if he’s a reasonable person that worked for Bush as well as Obama, and he’s making inroads because he’s trying to bring Christians, Jews and Muslims together. So if that would happen, there wouldn’t be as much hatred over there. So I think maybe there are some now that are trying to destroy him and his reputation, and I think that’s going to backfire. It sounds to me, and I don’t know the individual, the Imam, but it sounds to me like he might be a very reasonable person. So in order to perpetuate this foreign policy, not only do they have to perpetuate the hate towards Islam, they have to really destroy somebody who might be bringing the religious factions together.

CNN Anchor: And what do you have to say about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, comparing this Mosque near ground zero to having Nazi symbols outside of the Holocaust Center. What did you think about that? Was that an appropriate comment, do you think?

Ron Paul: Well, I think he’s overstepped his bounds and I think he’ll suffer the consequences for it, because it was over the top. I mean, to compare this Imam to Hitler and the fact that there are mosques within that area already, and that he ignores the fact that there are strip joints in this area, and he has to go after an Imam that is trying to bring people together, yeah, I think for a bright guy like Newt Gingrich on some of the issues, I would say, politically he’s made a major mistake.

CNN Anchor: Do you think he should apologize for that comment?

Ron Paul: I don’t believe in these apology games. He’s going to have to apologize to himself. He’s going to be sorry, but being sorry about what he did and recognize it will be a much bigger deal than if the media comes and badgers him in into making a public apology. But maybe he’ll come around to that, but it should be spontaneous and earnest but not as a reaction to badgering by the media: “When are you going to apologize?” I never quite thought that was good.

CNN Anchor: What about your son, Rand Paul, who’s running for that Senate seat down in Kentucky. He’s taken a slightly different position than you and has essentially come out against the project. Is that causing any friction in the Paul family?

Ron Paul: No, as a matter of fact, I really haven’t spoken to him about it. But I think he’s in a category of most of the people who are running for office who get pushed, and rightfully so, by their opposition or by the media and say, “What is your position, do you want it or not?” and he’s taken a different position. But that isn’t my concern as much as the people who started on the website and picked it up and the politicians who are trying to gain a lot of points. And they’re active in promoting this mainly because they believe in an interventionist foreign policy and they want to make sure that Islam is blamed rather than Al-Qaida. And so yes, I think it’s okay to have a disagreement on exactly what we should do with the mosque. As a matter of fact, my emphasis is not on should the mosque be built or shouldn’t it be built, that is very secondary. Everybody recognizes on private property and a place of worship… we’re supposed to protect that.

CNN Anchor: Your problem is more in playing the politics, you feel that some of these people are playing politics with this is what you’re essentially saying. What about the president, did he make a mistake weighing in on this controversy, do you think? Did he inflame this controversy by weighing in on it?

Ron Paul: You know, some people are saying this, especially on the conservative side, but actually I didn’t think his statement was all that bad. I thought it was conciliatory in trying to bring people together. I mean, he and Bush both hired the Imam to go over and promote bringing the religious factors together. So no, I wouldn’t go out of my way to condemn him for saying that. Now politically he may have stirred the flames, because that just gave more ammunition to the conservatives who like to pick anything he says and make a political issue out of it. But I don’t think it’s the right one. I’d rather pick issues like too much spending and why he’s expanding the war in Afghanistan. But since too many conservatives like the expansion of the war in Afghanistan, you know, they are willing to go and attack him because he might send a message that they disagree with. But no, I don’t think his statement was all that bad.

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239 Comments:

  1. Nineteen young [Mulim] men changed the United States, forever!
    The 9/11 act did not only caused President George W. Bush to suspend some Americans’ constitutional rights, but it reduced America’s “quality of life,” from inconveneinces by TSA, to loss of privacy do to infringement on privacy of its citizens.
    The nineteen young men acted on instruction of the Islamic Gospel, the Quran. The Quran calls for its followers to eliminate, by all necessary means (including conversion [with alms,] and, if need be, by death,) all non believers (infidels!)
    Ron Paul, before supporting effots to treat Muslims as equals, perhaps you should study the Quran. The Quran does not want Muslims to be equals, the Quran gives instruction to Muslims that they special rights, as a matter of facts to only give Muslims ANY rights, especially since it refers to Christian and Jews as “vile;” how can Muslims become equals, since they are superior under such doctrine?

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    • I am unclear how you can say what you do with a straight face, suggesting that the muslims are “bad” for saying they are superior to Jews and Christians when Jews consider themselves GODS chosen people (according to their holy book, which is also the holy book of christians and subsequently muslims)?!? Is that not the Jews considering themselves superior? So by your logic Jews can never be equal either or granted ANY rights…

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    • The Moslems are not the only one who say that they are the true believers . Christian missionaries have been converting people of other religions to christianity for many years so that the can get to heaven as heaven is only for christians . Then each variation of christian beliefs believes they are the true believers / chosen ones . The Jews have the same ideas crushing Palestinians and driving them off their lands so that with the expansion of the Jewish state this mythical being called the Messiah can come back . Every religion believes they are the chosen ones and every one who does not convert is an infidel or of the devil . Tolerance is lacking in todays society . And fundamentalists in all religions are dangerous as they lack tolerance for other beliefs . I accept peoples religious beliefs and their right to those religious beliefs as long as they do not impinge on my belief system . Ignorance equals injustice for our fellow mankind

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  2. Ron Paul; have you read tthe Quran? The Quran instructs all believers to actively do whatever they can in order to eliminate non-believers (infidels!)
    The Quran calls for [religious] world domination, it refers to Christian and Jews and “vile,” it suggest that all infidels either be converted (with alms) to Islam, or put to death.
    Read the Quran, Ron Paul, and then, only then, suggest that Islam should not be feared, and if Islam should have the same rights as do non violent religions

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  3. Paul you are truly right, your comments are fair. I 100% agreed with you.
    Stop fanning the flames of hate and don’t manipulate the public into supporting the continuation of an aggressive foreign policy that now threatens to bankrupt America!

    You the man Paul.

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  4. ..do tell, what will you be saying when Ron Paul is dead? Conspiracy, the aliens killed’em, it was the Molemen, …they poisoned his food!!

    Come on, give me an honest answer!

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  5. All of Ron Paul’s views are better then any other politician and based on the constitution. I highly agree with his opinion on the Israeli regime and their oppression in Gaza.

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  6. Wow! Ron Paul has it right! He’s great!

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  7. Yes Ron Paul run independent and you have my vote! I will NEVER vote republicrat or demopublican again as long as I live. If you want my support go independent!

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  8. mmmmmmm.

    sense and sensibility and peaceful productivity…

    a pretty girl with broken wings is all that i desire…..

    okay so that second line isn’t relevant, but it’s a song, and when i think of Ron Paul, I think of sense…and sensibility. [yes, i know there’s a movie, too, but i’m more a fan of the song that was stuck in my head at the moment of that thought xD]

    anyway, yeah, Ron Paul just…idk, he’s yet to disappointment over the years and i don’t think he ever will.

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  9. America needs this guy. This is A JUST American. I respect this guy.
    Bin Laden CAN NOT defeat this guy.
    From a Muslim. Guys like this will save this Great country.

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  10. This is proof that even a man so sensible and credible as Ron Paul can be naive.

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  11. hey does anyone know of a ron paul live chatroom anywhere and not just a messageboard? i doubt there is one but if anyone knows anything, please holler!

    ron paul 2012

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  12. fred the protectionist

    My hate is reserved for Libertarians and their neocon cousins who usurped the Republican Party.

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  13. What is wrong with Rand Paul?

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  14. No I wouldn’t call Sarah Palin “meddling”, I would call her a fraud. Glenn Beck’s a fraud too! Why is the “FOX” right so damn retarded? It is not hopeful to me that so many sheep showed up at the Glenn Beck rally!

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  15. this guy would be great for the world if he was president, i belive with him we would se the american dream once again…to many bilderbergers in the government today…

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  16. He makes so much sense, you americans have to elect him.You dont find so much logic in politics.Amazing, i wish my country would have politican like this.

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  17. Maybe one day Ron Paul will figure out that where there’s smoke there’s fire. If people would better understand Islam they’d want our troops out in the knowledge that bringing Western democracy to an Islamic nation is a futile effort. It’s not out of hate we’re over there, but out of ignorance.

    Islam is one of the least liberty friendly ideologies, perhaps Ron Paul should bother to read the Koran, cause I don’t think he knows he’s defending a fascist religion.

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  18. Ron Paul is righteous man

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  19. Thanks to The AL-CIAda.

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