The Boo Heard All the Way to Heaven

The reaction of the delegates to the readmission of God to the platform is a larger issue to discuss.

“I am playing the Devil’s advocate.” The quote that begins this column today was shared with me during a break in a radio interview many years ago when I was invited to be a participant on a talk show where an atheist and I were to submit to questions from the host and callers to the show. The program created so much interest, the producers decided to invite each of us back for a full week of programs. Each day of the week at the radio station during the lunch hour, my atheist friend and I would show up to stake out our positions on the questions from the cultural, political, theological and public policy issues of the time.

I had been warned that the callers would set me up to try and disprove my positions and to humiliate me. That did not happen; in fact, the opposite reality began to come through to the listeners of the show each day.  The person who was to represent the position as the atheist was well known for hostile letters to the editor of the local newspaper. He also qualified to run for a local political office on one occasion, and was not elected. He was well schooled in his positions, and was not shy in expressing his lack of belief in God. During the last few days of the show during a break for a commercial my atheist friend admitted to me and the host of the show that he really did believe there is a Supreme Being out there somewhere, he just did not attach the name of God to the Supreme Being. The hosts quickly asked both of us not to let that truth be known as we continued with the show. I had already noticed from statements being made by the atheist that he was having trouble speaking with deep conviction about his beliefs. The other person did confess on the air he was an agnostic not an atheist.

We have heard it said “There are no atheists in fox holes.” I am not suggesting that all people who report to be an atheist really have belief in a Supreme Being, I am only pointing to one time in my life when a person who wanted to be known as a person of no faith and a non-believer in God was truly searching for answer.

What does this story from my past have to do with events of our time? Simply stated, the removal and readmission of God in the Democrat Platform last week points to the emotional and serious ties this nation of people place upon respect for God.

Will the booing of God by the delegates in Democrat conventioin hurt their chances to win elections? Let us know in the comments.

The reaction of many of the delegates to the readmission of God to the platform is a larger issue to discuss.  From where I stand, as the result of the vote was announced the response of the delegates to boo the outcome of the vote must surely have been heard all the way to heaven.

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Brian Crawford September 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
This whole kerfuffle was over the single reference to God, an almost inadvertent mention of God-given talents, in the previous Democratic platform. While faith is an important part of our platform we choose not to use the word God in order to be inclusive of the many different religions that are practiced by our citizens. Here's the wording on faith from the 2012 Democratic National Platform: Faith. Faith has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history. We know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires. Faith-based organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world – from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country and the world, and we believe in lifting up and valuing that good work, and finding ways to support it where possible. We believe in constitutionally sound, evidence-based partnerships with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to serve those in need and advance our shared interests. There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country.
Brian Crawford September 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
While I can't speak foe everyone at the Convention, many were no doubt booing because they felt the Platform Committee had been bullied into changing the language by the likes of FOX News.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM
WHAT??? Now it’s FOX? The DNC doesn’t hear nor care about FOX content. Or at least that’s what we read over and over and over. How in the heck could THEY have any influence at all on the PLATFORM! Is this a variant of BUSH did IT? But if we understood it as was presented, didn’t the replacement language also refer to the Israeli right to Jerusalem? Seems like some of the booers didn’t care for that aspect. FOX - responible for all evils, including the common cold that BUSH created .. But that can't be right - he didn't build that either...
Brian Crawford September 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Could have had something to do wit FOX running sensationalist headlines like this: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/05/paul-ryan-knocks-democrats-for-having-purged-platform-reference-to-god/ ABC's coverage was a little more balanced: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/democrats-shift-language-on-israel-remove-god-given-from-platform/ <Explaining the removal, a Democratic official explained: "The 2008 platform reference is ‘God-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.">
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 12, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Again to the point oft claimed that NO one at the DNC or any other "reasonable intellectual" has ANY belief in ANYTHING FOX releases, so it still seems FAR fetched to me. But so be it ... So what about the Israeli right to Jerusalem material, would you care to address that or was it somehow misrepresented that both items were combined into a single vote? Now what about the
marylou schmidt September 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
god should not be talked at these conventions unless every deity from all other religions are talked about and also atheists as well. this is NOT a christian nation. it is a nation of many religions as well as atheists.
Darcey Bailey September 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
First let me say that I am a Christian, always have been. However, what happened to the separation of church and state? That's part of the first amendment. How can people be mad that the Democrats were following the guidelines laid out by our founding fathers (who fled Englad because of religious persecution) ?? http://www.adl.org/issue_religious_freedom/separation_cs_primer.asp
marylou schmidt September 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
thank you Darcey, for your comment. i am a wiccan and i definitely would not want my Goddess to be talked about at these conventions.


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