It turns out that not only is Ron Paul disconnected from consensual reality on abortion, evolution, and the separation of church and state, he's also a racist dingbat. phenry at DailyKos provides the evidence, from a 1992 article from the Ron Paul Political Report entitled "LOS ANGELES RACIAL TERRORISM":
Many more are going to have difficultly avoiding the belief that our country is being destroyed by a group of actual and potential terrorists -- and they can be identified by the color of their skin. This conclusion may not be entirely fair, but it is, for many, entirely unavoidable.
Indeed, it is shocking to consider the uniformity of opinion among blacks in this country. Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty, and the end of welfare and affirmative action.... Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the "criminal justice system," I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal. [emphasis added -tms]
In a 2001 interview, Paul claimed this and similarly racist articles (such as one where he claimed that it's ok to try young teens as juveniles, except for black teens who should be tried as adults) were written by a staffer - a laughable defense. This wasn't a slick glossy mag where he just served as an "adviser" or something, it was an eight-page 'zine that he published under his own name. Even if we grant the fantasy that someone else wrote it, that would mean that Paul was irresponsible enough to let it go out under his name, demonstrating such rank incompetence that he shouldn't be allowed to hold any position of public trust.
Really, it's time for folks to get over their crush on Paul. Yes, he's the only Republican talking sense on war, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day.