When Christians Boo the Golden Rule

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

January 17, 2012

On two occasions roughly four and a half years apart, Dr. Ron Paul has provoked the wrath of a supposedly Christian audience by insisting that the government is bound by the Golden Rule.

During the 2007 Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council, Dr. Paul?s closing peroration focused on the Christian Just War Doctrine and the evils of perpetual war. His invocations of the Prince of Peace provoked a chorus of boos that began even before he was finished speaking.

A very similar spectacle unfolded during the South Carolina GOP Presidential Debate on January 16.

?Maybe we should consider a Golden Rule in foreign policy ? don?t do to other nations what we don?t want them to do to us,? stated Dr. Paul, triggering another outburst of booing and voluble disapproval from the pious conservatives in attendance.

Reporting from the debate, political commentator Roger Simon pointed out that the crowd was inert ?until death raised its zany head.? As crowd reactions from the past several primary debates have demonstrated, Simon observes, ?the best thing a Republican candidate can do is promise them anything ? as long as it involves somebody dying.?

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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