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Faith in the 2012 Election Faith in the 2012 Election
Religion emerged as an important issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. The personal religious identity of President Barack Obama and the Republican candidate, Governor...

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Arab Spring Arab Spring
This collection gathers together key candidate statements on the "Arab Spring" that address the Arab world as it wrestles with the challenges and upheaval that have...
Religious Liberty Religious Liberty
This collection gathers together key candidate statements on religious freedom from the 2011-12 primary and general election campaigns, addressing America's constitutional...

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Ron Paul on Religious Liberty and Foreign Policy

October 10, 2011
[The US should approach religious liberty in foreign policy] by striving for perfection here and setting a good standard so that people would come and say America is a wonderful place. It's free and prosperous, just like de Tocqueville said in the 1850s. America is a great nation because it's a moral nation and people go to church. Others should look and see the results, but I don't believe in the use of force. If you're not a Christian, I don't force you to go to church. The use of force backfires, it has unintended consequences. So you can only do this through persuasion and changing people's hearts and minds, not the use of political force. Political force should be rejected in trying to mold the economy or mold people's spirituality.
Ron Paul Ron Paul
Ronald "Ron" Paul is an obstetrician, gynecologist, and US Congressman from Texas who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 2012. He founded the non-profit advocacy group "Campaign for Liberty" and has written numerous...