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Sen. Rand Paul spoke at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday, saying that “there’s a worldwide war on Christianity” being largely ignored by the White House and mainstream media.

“From Boston to Zanzibar, there’s a worldwide war on Christianity,” the Kentucky Republican said, according to The Blaze. “Christians are being attacked around the world, but you won’t hear much about it on the evening news because the answer’s not convenient. It doesn’t fit the narrative we have been told about radical Islam. The president tries to gloss over who’s attacking and killing Christians. The media describes the killings as sectarian. But the truth is, a worldwide war on Christians is being waged by a fanatical element of Islam.”

Mr. Paul said that for centuries Islam has “paved the way for our enlightenment… This history needs to be brought back to life again.”

The Republican strongly opposed U.S. policy that aids rebels in the Free Syrian Army.

“Elsewhere in Syria, Islamic rebels have filmed beheadings of their captives,” he continued. “They’ve filmed themselves eating the heart of their enemy. Two Christian bishops have been kidnapped, and one priest was recently killed. These rebels are allies of the Islamic rebels that President Obama is now arming… American tax dollars should never be spent to prop up a war on Christianity, but that’s what’s happening now across the globe. As Christians, we should take a stand and fight against any of your tax dollars funding any persecution of Christians.”

According to The Blaze, Mr. Paul charged that “radical Islam will end only when Islam begins to police itself. Only then will knowledge [and] enlightenment begin to glow and grow – [and] religious violence will recede.”

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