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United States Constitution

Article VI

…but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Wow, just, wow. Via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

The democrats have insulted God and Israel: they removed all references to God in their platform and took out Jerusalem as Israel’s Capitol. 5:57 AM – 5 Sep 12

Heh. She wrote “democrats”. We write “republicans” all the time. But then, we’re sarcastic bloggers and not members of Congress.

As if anyone actually reads the party platforms, including republican [See, we did it again!] presidential candidates?:

Republican vs. Republican

by Philip Gourevitch

September 3, 2012

….When word got out that the Republican platform called for the criminalization of abortion without reference to exceptions, the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, declined to bow to the candidate. “This is the platform of the Republican Party,” he told MSNBC. “It is not the platform of Mitt Romney….”


September 04, 2012 4:21 PM

Does God Need a Shout-Out in the Democratic Platform?

….Aside from making the rather idiotic assumption that this was a conscious act (in a purely political document why would a throwaway adjective that would offend almost no one be deleted?), Brody does not note that the platform has a whole section on “faith,” which reads:

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. Faithbased 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.

So God wasn’t exactly expelled from the platform, it seems….

….As a believer myself, I dislike in particular the attribution to God of various secular ideas of “rights,” which are intended, frankly, to divinize political ideologies. I would, in fact, call that idolatry….

Kirk: What does God need with a starship?

As for Israel, they’ll get over it.