Republicans in the South Caorlina Fox/Twitter Presidential debate loudly booed the Golden Rule in the context of foreign policy January 16. The occasion for booing was a comment by Texas Congressman Ron Paul about respecting the sovereignty of other nations when it comes to bombings:
My point is that if another country does to us what we do to others, we are not going to like it very much. I would say that we maybe ought to consider the golden rule in foreign policy. Don't do to other nations what we don't want them to do to us. We endlessly bomb these countries, and then we wonder why they get upset with us?
Rep. Paul's remarks set off some of the loudest "boos" of the evening from the Republican audience, as well as mockery from his Republican opponents.
The Golden Rule is a key part of Christianity and all other major world religions. In Christianity, Christ commands the golden rule twice, in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31. In Matthew 7:12, Christ says "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets."
The controversy that resulted in the massive booing of the Golden Rule originated with a misleading accusation by Fox News anchor and moderator Brett Baier:
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