What’s god got to do with it?

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Haven’t the Dems ever heard the phrase, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it?”

Why on earth would the Dems flip-flop on putting god back into politics when it’s clear that our platform, our party, doesn’t necessarily, as a group, believe that god belongs there?  As an atheist, it’s a little disconcerting that our party is buying into the necessity of god-language.  Why would the Dems pander to Republican engineering and proclaim that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, whether they believe it or not?   And for that matter, when did Republicans become Israel’s champion and Jerusalem’s marketing strategist, except as an opportunity to score political points?  God functions in the same way for them:  Red meat to sharks and fodder for trumped-up claims to score cheap political points.

Why do the Dems seem bent on falling victim to the Republicans’ narrative?

As reported by PoliticusUsa:  “. . . Wednesday night, at the 11th hour, the Democrats put God back into their platform, along with affirmation that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Besides losing Christian voters, the DNC was worried about driving Jews (a pro-Obama demographic in 2008) into Romney’s hands . . . [I]t was apparently President Obama who was the driving force behind the changes and the changes met with loud opposition from Democrats, as the convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, found out when he went to the podium . . . Villaraigosa, in what quickly became an awkward moment, asked for the voice vote three times in all. After the second time, he paused for several seconds and looked behind him for guidance from a convention staffer — possibly a parliamentarian — before turning back and asking for a third vote . . . Even though the no’s were again as loud if not louder than the aye’s on the third vote, Villaraigosa said he had determined that two thirds of those present had voted in favor. Boos filled the arena in response.  Within minutes, Republican National Committee staffers had uploaded the video to YouTube and were circulating it on Twitter.”

Bravo, Dems, well played.  Just gave the Republicans our own version of a “Clint Eastwood” moment.  ”Dems boo god,” screamed the headlines, followed by, “God is back!”  Sheesh.  Who cares if Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney and all the right-wing pundits and talking heads thought it was scandalous that we didn’t do the god thing in our official platform?  Since when did Dems become the party of Christians only?  What Dems don’t apparently get – and it’s mystifying why they don’t – is that Republicans will call us godless and immoral and anti-religion regardless of what we do, or don’t, include in our official platform.  The War on Christmas that isn’t.  The War on Religion that isn’t.  The War on Christianity that isn’t.  We’ve heard it all before.

When – please, tell me when? – will the Dems quit falling on the Republicans’ sword?


2 Responses to “What’s god got to do with it?”

  1. avatar Arik savage

    I read about this yesterday and it floored me. Dens are now paying lip service to republican lip service to god. And what the fuck does Israel have to do with anything in the democratic party platform?!

    • Julie Driscoll Julie Driscoll

      Arik, sorry I didn’t see your comment until today. Yeah, it floored me too. It was a head in palms moment . . . .


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