Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ron Paul’s religion
Earlier I boasted I didn’t know which if any church he goes to. Not that it matters politically nor should it (constitutionally it’s irrelevant; if he were a partnered gay atheist I’d still vote for him) but now The New York Times has published something about his faith:
His family was pious and Lutheran; two of his brothers became ministers. Paul’s five children were baptized in the Episcopal church, but he now attends a Baptist one. He doesn’t travel alone with women and once dressed down an aide for using the expression “red-light district” in front of a female colleague. As a young man, though, he did not protest the Vietnam War, which he now calls “totally unnecessary” and “illegal.” Much later, after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, he began reading St. Augustine. “I was annoyed by the evangelicals’ being so supportive of pre-emptive war, which seems to contradict everything that I was taught as a Christian,” he recalls. “The religion is based on somebody who’s referred to as the Prince of Peace.”
From Joshua Snyder.

Update: From commenter Flo (thanks!) here is Dr Paul’s recent statement on the matter.

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