Democrats Snub God, Reconsider
September 6, 2012 by Bryan Nash
Barack Obama’s name is found more than 200 times in the Democrats’ 40-page platform. Mitt Romney even makes an appearance. But one name was missing in the original platform presented to delegates: God.
In 2008, the platform read:
We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.
This year, the platform excluded the reference to God.
Also omitted were references to Jerusalem.
In 2008, the document read: “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) refused to address the issue in an interview on Fox News, saying: “God is not a franchise of the Republican Party.”
According to CNN, a Democratic official suggested that the omission of God is “about the growing middle class.”
In response to criticism, delegates voted on Wednesday on an altered version of the platform. CNN reported:
In an unscripted moment, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asks crowd to affirm the suspension/adoption of the party’s platform–it took three voice votes to affirm. Though the final voice vote was taken as approval for adoption of the altered party language, it was unclear if a majority of delegates were in agreement
In 2004, the Democrats’ platform mentioned God seven times.
Republicans mentioned God 10 times in their official 2012 document.