Democrats Kick God Off Party Platform Democrats Kick God Off Party Platform
Democrats Kick God Off Party Platform

Democrats Kick God Off Party Platform

Democrats Kick God Off Party Platform

by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues

Yesterday’s move by the delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte is hardly surprising.  Four years ago the major party most identified with pro-death abortion and gay marriage included the following line:

“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.”

The version updated for this election season now reads:

“We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth — the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”

At least it did not mention any Obama-given potential.  Perhaps that’s because of all the negative publicity over a calendar featuring Obama’s "birth certificate" and these Messianic words:
“Heaven Sent: For God so loved the world, that he have his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life — John 3:16.”

Granted, the calendar was not part of the official Democratic Convention, but was part of Obama memorabilia sold by vendors in nearby streets.  But it likely represented the sentiment of a portion of the delegates inside.

In contrast, the analogous section of the Republican platform contains these words:

"We offer our Republican vision of a free people using their God-given talents, combined with hard work, self-reliance, ethical conduct, and the pursuit of opportunity, to achieve great things for themselves and the greater community."

Of course with the GOP, the question may be asked, “Which God?”   It may be successfully argued that the “God” of Mitt Romney is not the same as the God of many Tea Party advocates, who now find themselves supporting the LDS politician.  The question is an old one with many 18th century Deists, who contributed substantially to America’s founding documents, using the term “God” in common with evangelical believers.

In fairness to the Democrats, it must be pointed out that their platform mentions “faith” eleven times, “religion” nine times, “church” two times and “clergy” one time, all of which falls far short of acknowledging God Himself.

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