U.S. Senator Rand Paul officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the presidency on April 7, 2015. Representing Kentucky in the Senate, Paul previously practiced medicine full time as an ophthalmologist. Paul received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He has been married to Kelley Ashley Paul for 24 years and the couple have three sons.
Here are seven interesting facts about Paul's Christian faith and how it impacts his life and political thought:
1. Rand Paul was one of the first U.S. Senators to bring greater media attention to the global slaughter of Christians calling it "a worldwide war on Christianity." more >>
This op-ed was published in the Orlando Sentinel on May 27.
I'm disappointed with Republicans who voted last week to empower President Obama with new trade authority. I wouldn't trust this administration to negotiate a deal on a secondhand Subaru — let alone a trillion-dollar trade deal.
One free and fair trade proposal that would actually help Americans by saving them billions isn't even on the table: prescription drug re-importation. more >>
At the graduation ceremony for Clay-Chalksville High School in Jefferson County, Alabama, last week, departing graduate Christian Crawford led the crowd in prayer while a woman in attendance was experiencing a medical emergency.
The video of Crawford, who had previously opened the graduation ceremony with a prepared prayer, later stepped back up to the podium to deliver a spontaneous prayer for the woman. As of Monday, the video had more than 318,000 views on YouTube.
Crawford said the graduates began to receive their diplomas when they heard calls of "medic, medic, medic" in the audience, he told "Fox & Friends" on Monday. more >>
The mental plight of American servicemen returning home from war zones has been well documented by various groups and news organizations. Politicians and activists alike have noted the high rates of suicide and substance abuse among veterans, mentally wounded by their experiences overseas.
In the United States, there are many churches and faith-based organizations that are seeking to help returning veterans cope with life after combat.
One group is known as the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs and was founded by veteran and MMA fighter Chad Robichaux. One church affiliated with Mighty Oaks is The Life Church, a Virginia congregation with campuses in Manassas and Winchester. more >>
Missouri has fined a major insurance company $4.5 million for violating state laws regarding insurance coverage of autism spectrum issues and for covering elective abortions.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced Tuesday the $4.5 million settlement with Aetna, said to be the largest fine the state has ever doled out for insurance law violations.
Chaos and disruptions in medical care have had one tragic and destructive effect that no one is addressing: the deaths of more than 2,000 physicians by suicide since Obamacare was passed by means of strong-arming and bribery.
Physicians in general have a higher rate of suicide than other professional groups and the general public. Women physicians' suicide rates are reported to be up to 400% higher than women in other professions. Male physicians' rates are 50% to 70% higher.
Why are more physicians seeing suicide as their only option? The rising rate since the 2010 Affordable Care Act was passed points to the added regulatory and financial pressures from Obamacare as major factors: more >>