Former member of the US House of Representatives (R-TX), 14th District of Texas
Pro to the question "Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ''Ground Zero Mosque'') near the World Trade Center site?"
"Defending the controversial use of property should be no more difficult than defending the 1st Amendment principle of defending controversial speech. But many conservatives and liberals do not want to diminish the hatred for Islam–the driving emotion that keeps us in the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia...
The outcry over the building of the mosque, near ground zero, implies that Islam alone was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. According to those who are condemning the building of the mosque, the nineteen suicide terrorists on 9/11 spoke for all Muslims. This is like blaming all Christians for the wars of aggression and occupation because some Christians supported the neo-conservative's aggressive wars."
"Angry Ron Paul Defends Ground Zero Mosque," www.newsmax.com, Aug. 23, 2010
Organizations/VIPS/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Chairman, Campaign for Liberty
Former member, US House of Representatives (R-TX), 14th District of Texas, 1997-present
Former chairman, Liberty Caucus of Fellow Congressmen on Capitol Hill
Former member, Financial Services Committee; International Relations Committee; Joint Economic Committee
Former member, Subcommitte on the Western Hemisphere; Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology; Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight; Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services)
Former member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Congressional Rural Caucus
Founder, FREE and the National Endowment for Liberty
Founder/Honorary Chairman, The Liberty Committee
Distinguished Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute
Past Member, Gold Commission
US Senate, Republican Candidate, 1984
Representative, US House of Representatives, Texas District 22, 1976-1977, 1979-1985
Republican Nominee for United States House of Representatives, 1974
Air National Guard, 1965-1968
US Air Force, Captain, 1963-1965
MD, Duke University, 1961
BS, Gettysburg College, 1957
Twitter handle: @RonPaul
As a physician, Paul refused to accept payment by Medicare or Medicaid, preferring to work for free or provide pre-arranged discounts or payment plans to poor patients