For the past two weeks the chattering world has been buzzing about the RNC and DNC Conventions. Beyond the political theater, there are two points to these events: officially selecting the party nominee for president and the unveiling of the official platform for each party. The platform is a document that outlines what the party plans to do on various issues if given the power. Simple enough.
BUT, the biggest political story this week relating to these platforms was the fact that *gasp* the Democrats had no mention of God in their platform. As you might expect, in some corners this was played up as a clear sign that anyone who believes in God should not vote for a Democrat–they don’t share your values.
The response was swift:
Mitt Romney swooped: “(That) this party purposely removed God from their platform suggests a party that is increasingly out of touch with the mainstream of the American people. I see it as being as out of touch and detached.”
Catholic.org: Democrats have rapidly backpedaled from their Godless stance that smacks of atheism in their platform.
Fox News Charlotte: Delegates approved their beliefs as a party heading into the presidential election. But God is nowhere to be found.
But fear not: Yesterday the party (awkwardly and ridiculously) “amended” the platform via a voice vote to re-insert reference to God.
Drywall may not be strong enough. I think the only way to recover from this inanity is concrete directly to the forehead at 35 mph.
There is a remarkable misconception that somehow we are becoming a country of heathens. In the “good old days” we were a God-fearing country. This DNC Platform is just another reminder of how far we have fallen, right?
Here is a graph showing how many times the REPUBLICAN platform included mention of God since the GOP’s founding:
I’ll summarize: For most of its history the GOP logically decided that a document about political positions did not need mention of personal spiritual opinions. It is only very recently that the party *gasp* decided that politics and God were intertwined. ‘
They’ve really out-done themselves, because God is mentioned TEN times in the 2012 platform–a subtle reminder that the GOP has simply gone off the rails in recent years.
But I’m not sure mention of God in a political statement is an indicator of the quality of that statement. Can you guess another political document that lays out a public governance plan that has ZERO mention of God? The United States Constitution