In today's episode of "Rand Paul Sells Out," our erstwhile civil libertarian comes out with this gem:
“The First Amendment says keep government out of religion. It doesn’t say keep religion out of government.”
Rand, you are as good a constitutional lawyer as you are an ophthalmologist!
This event took place at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington DC Thursday morning. Our camera was the only one in the room. This was a prayer breakfast that came about because Senator Paul was interested in having the discussion with pastors and the religious leaders were also asking to meet with Senator Paul as well. It was mutual. There were roughly 50 people in attendance. Some of the more notable names were David Lane with the American Renewal project, Former Congressman J.C. Watts, Dr. Jerry Johnson, CEO of National Religious Broadcasters and plenty of pastors from all over the country.
The focus of the prayer breakfast was a chance for Senator Paul to discuss his views on religious freedom, the church & U.S.-Israel relations, faith & public life, and the essential role the church plays in the U.S. Government.
You can watch a clip from the prayer breakfast below along with a small partial transcription. You’ll need to watch the whole clip to get everything.
Finally, let me just say this: Rand Paul IS going to get a chunk of the evangelical vote. On the surface, he may not be the guy you might think would appeal to evangelicals but take a deeper look. He’ll have a pretty good appeal to millennial evangelicals and his talk of spiritual revival resonates. Plus, he’s going through great lengths to show how pro-Israel he is despite some who might question him on that.
And remember this: this is not some “crazy libertarian” who wants to distance himself from faith and government issues. He understands the connection and he’s willing to talk about it in public. Also, he’s been courting relationships within the evangelical community for some time. That helps so while he’s not going to wear his faith on his sleeve as much as some of the other candidates, his heart seems to be in the right place.