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article imageDemocrats strike God and Jerusalem from their 2012 platform

By Larry Clifton     Sep 5, 2012 in Politics
Charlotte - The Democrats moved “forward” during their Charlotte convention by removing a key member of their party from its past platforms. There is no room for God in Mr. Obama’s 2012 coronation party.
In fact, the Democrats removed any reference to God from their platform as approved by Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker, according to an ABC report.
Gone with God, is Jerusalem, another word not mentioned in the Democrat’s political arrangement.
God appeared in the Democrat’s platform verbiage as late as the 2008 convention, where the apparently divisive, in the view of Democrats, phrase “God-given potential” appeared.
“Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, now and forever” was stricken from the 2012 platform as well as any other mention of Jerusalem in the 2012 document.
It was a very different platform than 2008 that included the following phraseology:
“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.”
Fast forward to 2012 and the Democratic National Convention, not so much. Gone are any references to the iconic Israeli city, according to Fox News.
For Democrats, there is no God in 2012 — at least as far as the party’s platform is concerned.
Nor is there a Jerusalem.
Democrats removed those two words, and the passages surrounding them, from the 2012 party platform as it was released this week.
In Charlotte on Monday, the Democratic National Committee released its 2012 party platform after the DNC Platform Committee approved it under the leadership of Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker. The Platform Drafting Committee, led by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, gathered feedback for an initial draft in Minneapolis over the summer.
Over the past four years, President Obama, independent of Israel’s leaders, outlined his vision of an Israel retreated into pre-1967 war borders. Obama has also repeatedly and publicly endorsed a separate Palestinian state.
The administration and Israel have very different visions for Israel which have become glaring distractions from the Middle East peace process and damaged relations between Washington and Tel Aviv.
Explaining the removal, a Democratic official explained: “The 2008 platform reference is ‘God-given’ and is about growing the middle class and making America fair, not actually about faith.”
The statement has led critics to suggest President Obama is the new “God” of the Democratic Party.
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