1By Patrick J. Buchanan
September 7, 2012
The authors of the Democratic platform have inadvertently revealed to the
world the sea change that has taken place in that party we once knew.
For the first time — and in the longest Democratic platform in history, 26,
000 words — there was not a single mention of God, the Creator, whom Thomas
Jefferson himself, father of the party, proclaimed to be the author of our
right to life and liberty.
The convention had approved the new platform, but when a firestorm erupted,
a panicked Barack Obama hastily ordered "God" reinstated.
But when the amendment was offered to the convention by its chairman,
Antonio Villaraigosa, the idea of restoring the name of God to the platform
was hooted, jeered and booed by half the delegates on the floor, who three
times howled, "No!"
The omission of God is being called an oversight. But the viral reaction to
returning God, even when Obama asked that it be done, testifies that this
was no accident. God was deleted deliberately.
This process has been under way for a decade. In the 2004 platform, there
were seven references to God. In 2008, one.
Like the European Union, whose Christian heritage is being excised from
official documents by its secularist elite, the country led by the
Democratic Party of Obama is being de-Christianized.
Still, why would Democrats do something so seemingly stupid, something that
will inevitably cause a backlash among believers?
Answer: Millions of Democrats are themselves offended when God is included,
because for them, the God of the Old and New testaments is an impediment to
the progressive march of mankind.
A year ago, in writing "Suicide of a Superpower," I discovered that the
number of self-identified Christians had fallen from 85 percent of the U.S.
population in 1990 to 75 percent last year and that 1 in 6 Americans now
disbelieve in God.
Of Americans younger than 30, 1 in 4 profess no faith. Among Democrats, the
figures are surely higher.
Which brings us to the quandary faced by the platform writers.
Why include in a statement of party beliefs a reference to God when a huge
slice of that party would be deeply offended because such a reference would
be the party's formal declaration that their atheist or agnostic beliefs are
Some atheists place a belief in God or Christ as the Son of God on a par
with believing in Santa Claus. Others regard religion and especially
fundamentalist faith as an often-destructive force because of what they
believe it has produced over the centuries — intolerance, inquisitions,
massacres, martyrdoms, religious wars.
Among the evils a deep belief in the God of the Torah and New Testament has
produced, they argue, is the systematic persecution of homosexuals.
Thus, the Democratic platform declares:
"We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal
treatment under law for same-sex couples," while the Republican platform
calls for a "Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one
man and one woman."
The Republican platform is clearly rooted in traditional Christian beliefs
that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman and that homosexual acts
are unnatural and immoral and ruinous to body and soul.
Yet, as the man from Chick-fil-A discovered when he asserted those
biblically based beliefs about homosexual marriage, that opinion comes close
to being a hate crime in the new dispensation.
To the God-fearing and God-loving, this campaign to redefine marriage to
include homosexual unions is out of a George Orwell novel. But to gay rights
champions, opposition to homosexuals' right to marry and adopt is the mark
of the homophobe, the hater, the bigot.
There is no common ground.
But if the party platforms are irreconcilable on homosexual marriage, that
is equally true of their positions on life.
Here is the Democratic platform:
"The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a
woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe
and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all
efforts to weaken that right. ...
"There is no place for ... government to get in the way."
Under this plank, the father has no rights whatsoever and no role in
deciding whether his unborn child lives or dies. There are no parental
rights. Society cannot interfere in any way with a woman's decision to
terminate her unborn child's life at any point in her pregnancy.
This is a Democratic declaration of support for partial-birth abortion in
the eighth and ninth month of pregnancy should a woman so decide, with the
rest of us forced to pay for that abortion.
This is a form of feminist fanaticism heretofore unseen in this republic.
No platform celebrating homosexual marriage and backing a woman's right to
abort her child at any time in her pregnancy can be credibly adopted by a
party that also purports to revere the God of our Founding Fathers.
In truth, this Democratic Party was a godless institution long before its
platform writers declared it to be so.
The howlers had it right. God doesn't belong in that platform.