Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday continued his outreach to Christian conservatives, telling a gathering of them that the United States is effectively funding wars on Christianity by sending money to nations like Egypt and Syria.
"It's clear that American taxpayer dollars are being used in a war against Christianity," Paul said at a luncheon hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition to kick off the three-day Faith and Freedom Conference.
Paul said the U.S. war in Iraq led Christians to flee a secular country that had otherwise been "a relatively safe place for Christians," and that Christians are now being hunted in nearby nations.
"These countries are not our allies, and no amount of money is going to make them so," Paul said. "It makes no sense. Should we be sending F-16s and tanks to Egypt when (President Mohammed) Morsi says Jews are descendants of apes and pigs?"
(Morsi has contended that his 2010 comment suggesting Jews are the sons of apes and pigs was misunderstood.)
Paul then said that, even apart from the war on Christianity, the investments aren't wise.
"Even if all the atrocities against Christians were not being committed, we wouldn't have the money to be sending to these countries," he said. "We're borrowing money from China to send it to Pakistan."