Democrats put god back into their platform.

It was so close.  It was too good to be true that a political party in the United States could grasp the concept of neutrality, thereby releasing a platform that painted all its citizens as equals.

No such luck though.

Democrats voted to update their party’s platform Wednesday evening at their convention to include a reference to Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, as well as the insertion of the word “God,” neither of which was included in their platform this year but was in previous platforms.

President Barack Obama himself intervened regarding the Jerusalem language, a senior Democratic source told CNN, adding, that he thought the original draft was “a strong statement and he didn’t want there to be any confusion about his unshakeable commitment to the security of state israel. The issue of the day is Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.”

The change, proposed by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland immediately after the convention was gaveled into order on Wednesday, required a two-thirds voice vote, but was declared as adopted after three voice votes which brought delegates to their feet, shouting their yeas and nays. Democratic sources told CNN prior to the vote that it was to take place by acclamation.

“I am here to attest and affirm that our faith and belief in God is central to the American story and informs the values we’ve expressed in our party’s platform,” Strickland, who chaired the party’s platform committee, read. “In addition, President Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and our party’s platform should as well. “

Faith and belief in god informs their values?  Let’s take one of the parts of their platform: marriage equality.  Are we really to believe that faith and belief in god supports marriage equality?

The Republicans don’t have much right, but they’re right about what the bible says about gay people.  Their reliance on that book instead of what best serves human dignity is what makes their policies abrasive to the 21st century, and I’m sad to see the Democrats trying to be more like the party of lies and outdated values.

Seriously, just say it: there are some moral choices that are more compassionate than others, and those are the ones we’ve gone with.  That’s far more noble, and it places the credit directly where it should be: on people, not faith.  You want to pander to the population?  Tell them they’re good people, and don’t need directives from the first century to make them good.  They’re good all on their own.

Then again, this god-drunk populace, so convinced by Christianity that humans are despicable by nature and need to be redeemed, would probably be insulted by the notion that the same human beings who created weather radars are, at the very least, just as morally good as the god who made hurricanes.

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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