Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin must be feeling the hellfire nipping at his heels.
During a recent interview on Fox, Durbin practically had smoke coming out of his ears when he was asked by host Bret Baier why the Democratic Party removed all mentions of God from its official party platform.
Durbin didn’t exactly respond to the question, but instead responded to where he thought it was going:
“If the narrative that is being presented on your station and through your channel and your network, is that the Democrats are godless people, they ought to know better. God is not a franchise of the Republican Party. Those of us that believe in God and those of us who have dedicated our lives to helping others in the name of God don’t want to take a second seat to anyone who is suggesting that one word out of the platform means that the Democrats across America are godless. Come on Bret.”
Just a touch defensive, no?
The fact is that God has been doing a vanishing act for years in the Democratic Party platform. In 2004, when the nominee was ketchup fortune houseboy John Kerry (who in case you didn’t know it, served in Vietnam), the DNC platform mentioned God seven times. In 2008, when Obama was up for the coronation, God only rated a single mention, and that was in the phrase “God-given.” By way of contrast, this year’s GOP platform mentions God 12 times.
To be fair, the DNC platform does include two paragraphs that discuss “faith” and working with “faith-based” groups, but that’s about as laudatory of religion as it gets.
What did make it into the DNC platform was an expanded abortion plank calling for taxpayer-funded abortions “regardless of ability to pay” and a call for gay “marriage.”
Most telling, however, is the number of mentions given to one particular term — Obama. The president is mentioned over 200 times in the platform, throughout the document. Comparing the GOP platform, there’s one mention of Mitt Romney, and it’s in the introduction to the document.
So, sorry Sen. Durbin, but the Democrats have in fact crafted a “God-less” platform. If that disturbs you, then perhaps you should step back and take a fresh look at what you’ve been supporting.
There was no compelling reason for the platform committee to remove references to God. (Of course, I also think there’s no compelling reason for a lot of things in the DNC platform.) The platform is a reflection of who the DNC folks are. On that level, the platform succeeds magnificently.
Or is there some reason, Senator, that you feel you shouldn’t be proud of the Frankenstein monster you’ve put together?