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article imageTea Party candidate Rand Paul's Q&A session videotaped

By Kay Mathews     Jun 29, 2010 in Politics
He didn't comment on the age of Earth, but separation of church and state is apparently a one-way street, according to Kentucky's US Senate candidate Rand Paul, the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Following the advice of Dick Armey to tea party candidates, Paul has not been seen on many news programs since his May 19 appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show. During that interview, on the show in which he first announced his candidacy for the Senate position, Paul said that he supported nine out of ten provisions of the Civil Rights Act.
Paul noted his objection to the tenth title in the CRA, which "bans businesses from discriminating against customers." A fallout ensued and Paul has kept out of the media spotlight with few exceptions, one being his appearance on Fox News.
After addressing a meeting of the Christian Home Schoolers Conference in Louisville, KY on June 25, Rand Paul took questions from the audience. And, the question and answer session after Paul's conference address was videotaped.
As can be heard in the video above, when asked how old the world is, Paul replied:
I forgot to say I was only taking easy questions. I'm gonna have to pass on the age of the earth. I think I'm just gonna have to pass on that one.
Later, one questioner asked, "You mentioned about the government not getting involved in the church. Do you care if the church gets involved in government?"
The questioner was referring to Paul's earlier statements about being a teenager who stood up in his "liberal" church and said, “You guys aren’t doing enough about the issues…that if you believe in these things, you need to stand up and say something…something about them." Paul was discussing pro-choice and pro-life positions on the issue of abortion.
In response to the questioner, Paul said, "The church is all of us individually so we obviously are involved in government" but went on to say "I really think church should be pretty separate from the government." In the context of his answer, the latter statement suggested that government should not be involved in church matters.
Paul also indicated that he would support a proposed parental rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution saying that it "Sounds like I would be in support of that." Paul noted, "It’s hard for me to even fathom that the government would come and say that your child would have rights that would supersede the rights of the adult."
Paul faces Democratic nominee Jack Conway in the race for the U.S. Senate seat. A Rasmussen survey taken in early June "finds the GOP nominee with support from 49% of the state’s voters while Conway earns 41% of the vote."
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