Louisville, KY (CNN) - Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Dr. Rand Paul defended his Christian faith and sharply criticized his Democratic rival, Jack Conway in response to the now infamous "aquabuddha ad." Conway's TV attack ad accuses Paul of once belonging to an organization that mocked Christianity while the GOP contender was a student at Baylor University.
"In my entire live, I've written and said a lot of things. I've never said or written anything un-Christian in my life," Paul said.
All right. I'm not really interested in defending or criticizing the "aquabuddha" stuff (although it makes me think two things: (a) that could make for a pretty cool super-hero-type religion, and (b) remember that band The Aquabats? ...) but I have a pretty big beef with Rand Paul declaring such self-righteousness.
If you haven't been reading the paper or watching the news, here's one of many accounts and commentaries on Paul's troubling racial attitudes:
The editorial board of Louisville's Courier-Journal didn't mince words following its sit-down with Rand Paul last month. Much of what the Republican Senate candidate supports, it wrote, "is repulsive to people in the mainstream," including "an unacceptable view of civil rights."
And yet Paul's view that the federal government should not have the power to force integration on private businesses — part of 1964's landmark Civil Rights Act — didn't get the attention of the national press until Wednesday, following interviews with NPR's Robert Siegel and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. (Paul subsequently changed his position Thursday, after an intense 24 hours of media fallout.)Somehow, this outrageous attitude hasn't translated into a significant hit in the polls. Despite believing that the Civil Rights Act was a mistake (he doesn't think restaurant owners should be forced accept blacks as patrons, and he also doesn't believe businesses should be required to provide access for the handicapped) Paul is still ahead in the polls and forecasted by most to win the election. Yeah, I guess he is just like his father: "a good Christian." A good white Christian. Another good white Christian who doesn't care for folks who aren't...
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I call that "un-Christian," Rand Paul! And I'm in the same boat as you - I'm a real asshole sometimes. But I'm not a racist. I don't oppose legislation that keeps people under the thumb of oppression, and the tyranny of the majority. Or the tyranny of corporate profits. I don't use my Christian faith as a political badge of honor. Nobody's impressed. Oh, also, my dad is a pretty kind and compassionate man. So we defer on those last few points...