Video: Gary Bauer, I’m not sure God wants to be associated with the Democratic platform
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Democratic Party briefly adopted a platform that omitted the mention of God – and one former presidential candidate says the Deity would prefer it that way.
Bauer called the 2012 Democratic Party platform, which supports taxpayer-funded abortion for all nine months of pregnancy and accuses 32 states that have defended marriage of bigotry, “the most radical left-wing document ever adopted by a major political party.”
“I don’t believe that the God Who said, ‘I set before you life and death; now choose life so that you and your children may live’ would want to be in that document that so proudly embraces the destruction of innocent human life,” he said in his weekly reflection.
The 2008 platform called on Americans to “make the most of their God-given potential.” The 2012 platform said merely that “each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”
Bauer, who served in the Reagan administration and sought the Republican presidential nomination twelve years ago, said he was “shocked” to see the party “draft a platform that took the only mention of God out.”
“I was even more astonished to see a vote on putting God back in that platform in which half the delegates voted no and then booed His inclusion,” he said.
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After considerable media backlash, party delegates held a highly contested voice vote on Wednesday to reinsert the word “God” into the plank. The vote’s outcome had already been loaded into the stage teleprompter, leading participants to conclude the result was predetermined.
Campaigning in Virginia Beach on Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reaffirmed his belief that America has been the beneficiary of providence, and as such religion has a place in the public square. “I will not take God off our coins and I will not take God out of my heart,” he said. “We’re a nation that’s bestowed by God.”
An Obama aide replied, “The president believes as much that God should be taken off a coin as he does that aliens will attack Florida.”
But as the ensuing controversy suggests, the damage may have already been done.
Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, asked in today’s edition of The Washington Post, “How could an American who believes faith is important to our history and in our lives, cast a ballot for a party that boos God?”