Following some contentious negotiations and a vote that seemed to be anything but unanimous, the Democratic Party placed God back in its platform at the party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 5. The voice vote, which convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa had to call three times because of intense divisions between delegates, also acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that rankled the party's many pro-Arab members.
The changes move the Democratic Party platform back to its language of 2008 on the two issues, reading: “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 God-given potential.” On the issue of Israel's capital, the platform now re-affirms: “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.”
According to David Brody of CBN News, in 2004 the Democratic Party platform included “seven platform references to God. Then in 2008, there was only one mention stating how everyone had 'the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.'” And as the party's platform committee hammered out this year's language, the mention of God was excised completely, with the section reading simply: “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.”
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Photo: Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012: AP Images