Did the Democrats actually boo God? I’ve viewed the clips several times and I agree with Phil Lawler at his blog, The City Gates at CatholicCulture.org and the folks at Breitbart: the boos weren’t for God but for the chair at the time, Antonio Villaraigosa:
Thousands of bloggers are reporting this morning that delegates at the Democratic convention in Charlotte booed when God was reintroduced into their party’s platform. That’s not entirely accurate. But the true story does not reflect any better on the Democratic Party.
This Breitbart report has the story right, I think. The boos from the floor were aimed at Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was running the convention at the time, and asked for three separate voice votes on the amendment that restored a mention of God. On the 3rd vote, Villaigosa ruled that the “Ayes” had won—by a two-thirds majority.
There is evidence that the adoption was a foregone conclusion as this Fox News photo shows:
It was already written in the script but I don’t think there is any way that there was a clear two thirds majority – so what they did do is vote against God three times with the outcome still in doubt today – sure sounded like a tie to me.
What I want you to note, my friends, is the change in Villaigosa’s face and his body language as the voting cycle progresses. First there is shock at the lack of clear acclimation on the first vote, a look of disgust and frustration as the second vote is indeterminate and a look of “My God, what have we created here?” as he just shuts down the last vote with his claim that there was a 2/3 acceptance of the plank.
And here’s where things get interesting: That amendment was controversial! Quite a few delegates opposed the mention of God. Some, no doubt, were primarily concerned about the mention of Jerusalem. Party leaders might have simplified matters by introducing two separate amendments: one to restore a mention of God, the other to name Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But that tactic would not have suited the purposes of the party strategists. They didn’t want an open debate on God (or on Jerusalem) during the convention. They didn’t want to give American voters the opportunity to see just how radical the Democratic party has become. They wanted the amendment approved quickly.
So what are we to make of this?
These convention delegates are the committed, hard core Democrats. These are not the “go along to get along” Democrats that are pushed in front of the TV. These are the true believers, they are the policy makers and the “behind the scenes” players who move the agendas along.
If it had one, you might say that they are the “soul” of the Democratic Party.
Is it possible that the Democrats, in their obsessive drive for secularism, have created an evil that was on public display at the convention? It is no secret that Democrats from Obama and Pelosi on down profess their support of religion – even fringe politicos like Caroline Kennedy – profess their Catholicism and then deny its teachings and authority in the same breath, as she did in her convention speech:
As a Catholic woman, I take reproductive health seriously, and today, it is under attack. This year alone, more than a dozen states have passed more than 40 restrictions on women’s access to reproductive health care. That’s not the kind of future I want for my daughters or your daughters. Now isn’t the time to roll back the rights we were winning when my father was president. Now is the time to move this country forward.
No matter how hard liberals and humanists deny it, there is a nexus between politics and religion. With recent Gallup polls showing that 78% of Americans believe that God has a hand in human destiny (a recent Gallup poll says that 46% believe in creationism…and another 32% believed that man evolved, but with God’s guidance) and yet another Gallup poll revealing that 92% of Americans say that they believe in God , doesn’t it seem that Democrats are unnecessarily alienating at least three fourths of the country?
What is even more revealing is the way that the language got put back in – but not until it was clear that its absence was going to do political damage.
When viewed in context with this little historical statement, this whole sordid episode takes on a far more sinister spin:
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Religion and God seem trivial matters to Democrats for sure –something to vote on to please people in political sense – but these beliefs are part of the foundation of our country and a belief in God would seem to be at odds with the current Democratic party platform, now wouldn’t it?
They rapidly wallpapered over it at the convention but I think that this little 30-45 second time slice will haunt this Party for a while.
If I were them, I would also be concerned about the Frankenstein’s monster that they have created. I can’t say that they are evil but I can quote Matthew Chapter 10, verse 33:
But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in Heaven.