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Democrats Eliminate 'G-d' from Platform

The Democrats’ election platform, which in 2008 spoke of people’s “G-d given potential,” drops any mention of Him in the 2012 version.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/5/2012, 5:07 PM

A demonstrator holds a sign outside the Democratic National Convention
A demonstrator holds a sign outside the Democratic National Convention
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The Democrats’ election platform, which in 2008 spoke of people’s “G-d given potential,” has erased any mention of Him in the new platform document under the section “Moving American Forward.”

Arutz Sheva previously reported that the 2012 platform also has dropped the item of Jerusalem from the platform, but if Jews felt slighted, they now have plenty of company from Christians and Muslims.

The 2008 Democratic party platform stated under the section “Renewing the American Dream," that, “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their G-d-given potential.” [The hyphen is not in the original document and is written here in case anyone prints the article, in which case Jewish law prohibits it from being thrown away.]

The 2012 version reads, “We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”

The CBN website’s Brody File said it has asked the Democratic national Convention “to explain why G-d’s name has been dropped from the platform.” It sarcastically added, “Some critics will suggest that when you have planks in your platform that support abortion rights and gay marriage then it's no wonder that G-d's name would be dropped as well.”

A party official told ABC News, “The 2008 platform reference is ‘G-d-given’ and is about growing the middle class and making America fair, not actually about faith. The platform includes an entire plank on the importance of faith based organizations and the tremendous work that they do. Further, the language we use to talk about faith and religion is exactly the same vocabulary as 2008. I would also note that the platform mentions: ‘faith’ 11 times; ‘religion’ or ‘religious’ 9 times; ‘church’ 2 times (one is a quote); and, ‘clergy’ 1 time.”