What Does Ron Paul Think About Religion?


What does (Libertarian) Republican candidate Ron Paul think about Religion? Here’s an essay written by Ron Paul in 2003 about the “War On Religion.”

As we celebrate another Yuletide season, it’s hard not to notice that Christmas in America simply doesn’t feel the same anymore. Although an overwhelming majority of Americans celebrate Christmas, and those who don’t celebrate it ron pauloverwhelmingly accept and respect our nation’s Christmas traditions, a certain shared public sentiment slowly has disappeared. The Christmas spirit, marked by a wonderful feeling of goodwill among men, is in danger of being lost in the ongoing war against religion.

Through perverse court decisions and years of cultural indoctrination, the elitist, secular Left has managed to convince many in our nation that religion must be driven from public view. The justification is always that someone, somewhere, might possibly be offended or feel uncomfortable living in the midst of a largely Christian society, so all must yield to the fragile sensibilities of the few. The ultimate goal of the anti-religious elites is to transform America into a completely secular nation, a nation that is legally and culturally biased against Christianity.

This growing bias explains why many of our wonderful Christmas traditions have been lost. Christmas pageants and plays, including Handel’s Messiah, have been banned from schools and community halls. Nativity scenes have been ordered removed from town squares, and even criticized as offensive when placed on private church lawns. Office Christmas parties have become taboo, replaced by colorless seasonal parties to ensure no employees feel threatened by a “hostile environment.” Even wholly non-religious decorations featuring Santa Claus, snowmen, and the like have been called into question as Christmas symbols that might cause discomfort. Earlier this month, firemen near Chicago reluctantly removed Christmas decorations from their firehouse after a complaint by some embittered busybody. Most noticeably, however, the once commonplace refrain of “Merry Christmas” has been replaced by the vague, ubiquitous “Happy Holidays.” But what holiday? Is Christmas some kind of secret, a word that cannot be uttered in public? Why have we allowed the secularists to intimidate us into downplaying our most cherished and meaningful Christian celebration?

The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion. The establishment clause of the First Amendment was simply intended to forbid the creation of an official state church like the Church of England, not to drive religion out of public life.

The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility. Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government. This is the real reason the collectivist Left hates religion: Churches as institutions compete with the state for the people’s allegiance, and many devout people put their faith in God before their faith in the state. Knowing this, the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage. Christmas itself may soon be a casualty of that war.


8 Responses to What Does Ron Paul Think About Religion?

  1. onlycrook says:

    Interesting. He lives in a very different world from the one where I live. I know a lot of non-Christmas celebrating Christians who would disagree with him as well. I remember in the 1960s being told at a church gathering that the church needed enemies in order to be strong–they need to feel like martyrs. Since they aren’t persecuted, they magnify perceived discrimination in order to strengthen their churches.

  2. robberbaron says:

    Is there a source for this essay available? I’m curious of the context of the essay as it is surprising to me that Ron Paul would be so outraged by wanting to remove overt and obvious Christian symbols from public grounds if complained about by citizens.

    This is kind of disappointing for me. I always assumed Ron Paul was going to be much more rational about religion than the other candidates.

  3. magikent says:


    I’m sorry I forgot to link to the source. I will amend the article, but the source is:

    There are more articles at http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul-arch.html


  4. If you substitute Christians with Muslims and Christmas with Ramadan, Ron Paul could run for presidency of Iran.

  5. A Christian says:

    Legalization of a purely secular world view (i.e. outlawing any public expression of Christian symbols) is at least as offensive to a Christian as those religious symbols are offensive to an atheist. Every world view is offensive to somebody! Ron Paul is simply supporting the original intent of the 1st amendment to the Constitution.
    If Christians in an Islamic nation are “offended” by Islamic symbols then they are much too insecure in their faith.

  6. retro says:

    Hard to believe Christmas is already around the corner. I am ready for some Thanksgiving turkey though.

  7. TheGuy says:

    I’m kind of disappointed that Dr. Paul feels that the founding fathers thought that religion should be part of political life. The problem is 99% of “robustly” religious people are not tolerant. That’s why he have safeguards against a religious state. There’s nothing wrong with saying Merry Christmas but it always leads to other things; like people voting to teach the Christian story of Creation in science class even though it has no scientific evidence. I understand a lot of Americans believe it but 50 years ago a lot of Americans believed that segregation was okay.

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