Rand Paul refers to “Civilized Islam,” Says it Must “Step Up”


rand-paulSen. Rand Paul said President Barack Obama made “one important point ” in his remarks on Wednesday saying that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was neither Islamic nor a state, but questioned the constitutionality of the president’s strategy.

“Ultimately, civilized Islam will have to step up. We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves, I’m all in for saying we have to combat ISIS,” Paul said Wednesday on Hannity.”So I think it is important not only for the American public but for the world and for the Islamic world to point out that this is not a true form of Islam, this is an abhorrent form.”

Paul pushed back against whether Obama was trying to “diminish their importance,” saying instead that the president was aiming to underscore that ISIL is not a “true or accurate depiction of Islam.” The Kentucky Republican repeated that the U.S. will need Muslim nations in the area as allies in the region in the fight against ISIL.

“But they have to step up, because frankly they have been allowing too much of this to go on,” Paul said, adding that he thinks Saudi Arabia has “aided and abetted the rise of ISIS.”

Paul said the president made “one important point” in this distinction.

“Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim,” Obama said in his address Wednesday. “And ISIL is certainly not a state … It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.”

However, Paul did hit the president on his handling of foreign policy, saying the country is “absolutely not” safer.

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  1. Smart move from a senator. He is not always the word of realism, but this is a fact. The islamic world is not all hate and jealousy. But still, if you have moderates like Khaled Hosseni who writes like a major human blessing, you must think that there are more. Why they can not be the voice of reason is yet in Hashem’s hands. We need more moderates to have a human life under the guidance of islamic taste but without the false pillar of jihad and hate. It can be done.

  2. He’s right and wrong.

    He’s right for saying there are civilized Muslims, but who is he to say which is the “right form” of Islam? Did he ever read the Koran or study Muslim history????