After word spread Wednesday that Democrats left God out of their platform, atheists rejoiced. “Truly amazing news,” wrote Loren Miller on Atheist Nexus, a popular atheist blog. “The Republicans remain in the firm grasp of right-wing Christian religiosity, and I really don’t know what it’s going to take to free them from it.”
But the convention committee immediately received huge pressure to get God back in the platform. Even President Obama, according to CNN reporting, said, “Why on earth would that have been taken out?” when he first heard of the omission.
In an awkward session that required three voice votes on the convention floor, the Democrats opted to add “God” back to the platform.
American Atheists had also planned on a billboard in Tampa, Florida, to coincide with the Republican National Convention there. But American Atheists said that all the billboard companies in Tampa rejected a sign taking aim at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith.
My two cents
After a week off from quoting, I come across this gem from the CNN religion blog. I hope the political redress sets a precedent so that the removal of God from party platforms is never attempted again.
We can now look back and say, remember when the Democrats tried that back in ’12? Followed by a pause and hearty laughter.
The Democrats have now affirmed something that needed to be affirmed. But I hope it goes beyond some token references and towards godly, Biblical law as the end result. Actions speak louder than words; not much point in having principles unless you carry them out.
I also love what those billboard companies in Tampa did.
Merica, D. (2012). Conventions leave atheists asking: What political party represents me?. Available: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/06/conventions-leave-atheists-asking-what-political-party-represents-me/?hpt=hp_c3. Last accessed 7th Sep 2012.