Dan wonders about the DNC removing god from its platform.

Remember Dan, the guy who taunted my dad and promptly got what he asked for?  It turns out that the Democratic party’s heavy-handed appeal to faith isn’t good enough for the wingers.  The DNC has removed any mention of god from its 2012 platform, and the wingers are going apoplectic over it.

Dan returned to ask my dad how he felt about it.  Dan says.

What do you think about this John? Just thought you might be interested. I don’t think you read the blaze, so I did not want you to miss this. To the point,do you think this will help,hurt or have no effect on the election? This is not an attack or poke, I really wanted to know what your opinion of this would be from the left? I have not done the checks that you do,but did also see mention on CNN today stating the same. :)

Didn’t get enough Glenn Beck before FOX fired him?  Worry not!  He set up his own “news’ website: The Blaze.  This was the first story they ever ran.

I know what all those words mean…just not when jumbled together like that.

Anyway, dad patiently responded.

Where to begin….

I don’t read the Blaze, but I do read CNN, and I saw it there.

I guess, first of all, I would like to commend them for their adherence to the Constitution: Article VI, paragraph 3, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

The godbots will give lip service to the Constitution, but we all know their unofficial test is to be Christian and promote the Christian god.

Took some real gonads to not pander to the frothing fundamentalist right and to at least pretend this is in fact a nation with a secular constitution and it is a religiously inclusive nation, so mentioning “God” without mentioning Allah, Odin, or others wouldn’t be a very good way of acknowledging that inclusiveness. Of course, the Christians have a sense of privilege and “Mommy likes me better” that any smart politician would pander to. Of course, the Christian right can’t comprehend the concept of neutral….it isn’t as if the DNC platform spoke against god, it just didn’t mention him/it/them; which to the godbots is just as bad.

So the Dems were not politically smart to not include the obligatory reference to your preferred deity. It doesn’t matter that they included verbiage about faith, of course that isn’t good enough because faith doesn’t pander to the Christian demand for privileged position. It doesn’t matter that they have a shit ton of various preachers giving prayers at the convention, either.

“Democrats did include a section in their 2012 platform specifically devoted to faith, writing faith “has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history.”

“There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country,” the document reads.”

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/04/god-also-absent-from-democrats-platform/

You ask, “To the point,do you think this will help,hurt or have no effect on the election?” Probably hurt them a little, but not that much. The far Christian right to whom this is important weren’t going to vote for Obama anyway. The reference to faith should be enough to satisfy most moderates. It didn’t gain them any votes from the atheists, most of whom would be for Obama anyway, because they know the religious right and the Republicans who pander to them are determined to turn our country into a theocracy.

I also think the right wing echo chamber is going to have a batshit crazy field day with this one.

Yup.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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