Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says the United States should stop funding the enemies of Christians across the Middle East.
Speaking at this week's "Faith and Freedom Coalition" conference in Washington, Paul said Christians in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt are on the run and being persecuted, and America should stop helping "the people who are chasing them."
"There's a war on Christianity not just from the liberal elites here at home, but worldwide," he said. "And your government, or more correctly you, are having to pay for it."
"You're being taxed to send money to countries that are not only intolerant to Christians but openly hostile," he charged. "Christians are imprisoned or threatened with death for their beliefs."
Paul pointed out that this a serious problem in dominantly Muslim countries.
"It angers me to see my tax dollars supporting regimes that put Christians to death for blasphemy against Islam, countries that put to death Muslims who convert to Christianity, and countries that imprison anyone who marries outside their religion. I say no more money to countries that are doing that to Christians," Paul said.
Sen. Paul is considered a possible 2016 presidential contender. The Faith and Freedom Coalition event was attended by several other potential candidates as well.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told attendees it's a mistake for Republicans not to speak out about Christian values. He noted that Jesus urged his followers to be "salt and light" in the world around them.
Rubio and Paul both spoke out against abortion. Rubio insisted that "every human life has value... whether they are born or not."