By Dean Obeidallah
October 14, 2013
(The Daily Beast) Was Rand Paul’s most recent, big set-piece speech about A. The government shutdown; B. The debt limit; or C. The dreaded Obamacare? Nope, it was none of them. Instead, Paul spent his 19-minute speech at the Value Voters summit on Friday talking about Muslims.
Now, I’m Muslim and I love attention - so on some level I’m happy when people talk about Muslims. But despite what some may tell you, not all press is good press. And in the case of Rand Paul’s speech – it was awful press for Muslims. In fact, by the end of Paul’s talk, he had almost convinced me to hate Muslims.
Instead, his speech made me realize just how desperately Rand Paul wants to be President. Paul opened his speech with an attention grabbing line: “From Boston to Zanzibar, there is a worldwide war on Christianity.”
Now, I thought he would be talking the typical fare: “war on Christmas,” Obama wants you to take birth control, gay people have the audacity to want to get married, etc.
But nope. Paul quickly made it clear that the war on Christians is being waged by Muslims. How did he support this theory? He would cite isolated actions by a few Muslims in various countries. In fact, in the cases of Boston and Zanzibar, Paul noted the actions of two Muslims in each location to support his thesis that there are up to a “100 million” Muslims who want to slaughter Christians.
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