'God' also absent from Democrats' platform
September 4th, 2012
05:22 PM ET

'God' also absent from Democrats' platform

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – Democrats omitted the word "God" from their 2012 platform, a change from the party's 2008 document and a noticeable split from Republicans, who mention God ten times in their official party stance.

In 2008, Democrats wrote, "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."

The paragraph extolling the value of hard work in 2012 reads, "We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth-the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • God • Politics

soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. therealpeace2all

    Reblogged this on peace2alldotme.

    September 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  2. therealpeace2all

    I'm happy to see that the word "God" was left out of their platform. No need to mention that word in politics.


    September 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  3. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    How one can claim to be a American while he denies truth absolute God, foundation of American consti tution, it show's predicament of America, one denies truth absolute in his hindu Judaism, filthy self center ism and other's deny truth absolute God by their deed's but they profess God, by their hindu Pharisee ism, hypocrisy. God, truth absolute but deny God, truth absolute in their confession. Visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/ to learn more about truth absolute.

    September 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  4. Ronald Regonzo

    barry laid another egg with this one. Romney / Ryan 2012

    September 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  5. Jesus freaker

    I'm voting for the independent ticket this time because they promise to mention the tooth fairy 5 times.

    September 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  6. SirMeltsAlLot

    All Hail Santa!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  7. Ronald Regonzo

    Vote Mormon or Moron decisions, decisions. Romney / Ryan 2012

    September 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      That's the best endorsement I've heard for Obama today. You're a fine troll, Ronald. Anyone who reads your stuff wants to run the other way.

      September 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  8. Sam Yaza

    do you all want to know what the most funny thing is; Jesus is so their c0nst!t43nt, think about it

    hes a; V@gr@nt, Socialist, Wino and a Witch, who hates families

    i mean they guy is practically a democrat leader

    September 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  9. Sam Yaza

    yeah no "god" in a free America, you just cant be free while a tyrannical, sadistic, narcissistic, jealous @ss h@t makes your decisions for you. i tried that didn't work

    September 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  10. Ronald Regonzo

    Poor leadership is Gods curse on a nation. Romney / Ryan 2012

    September 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      God and religion have ruined the GOP. Abstain 2012

      September 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      It's tea time ! Romney/ Ryan 2012

      September 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Truth

      "Poor leadership is Gods curse on a nation. Romney / Ryan 2012" Yes, that would indeed be a curse on America. Why do you hate America so much as to want to curse us with ineffective rhetorical religious zealots who have not put forth a single detail about how they would fix the economy, just lot's of things they wouldn't do which is anything the democrats are doing or want to do.

      September 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      A little tea with your truth perhaps? Romney / Ryan 2012 Don't tread on US

      September 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • sam stone

      The jesus sycophants have ruined the republican party

      September 5, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi prayerbot.

      September 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • ScottCA

      Hey prayer bot. I keep telling you that you are right. Prayer changes otherwise sensible rational human beings into insane ones talking with imaginary people for which they have no evidence of existing. Even a small child knows that when they look in their closet and its empty, that its time to stop believing in the imaginary monster in the closet, because their is no evidence for it existing. This is the same for god. There is no evidence.

      September 5, 2012 at 2:28 am |
  12. HeavenSent

    Obama has fallen prey to the lies of satan and is now doing his bidding. Vote for him and burn in hell with him when you die. I can't get married to my sweetheart because it is against the law. Do as the atheists do in this country to ensure the USA goes belly up.


    September 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I honestly can't tell the difference between real HS and fake HS.

      September 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Athy

      Aren't they both fakes when you get right down to it?

      September 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  13. That's what happens

    When lucifer runs both horses in this corrupt race...

    September 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Lucifer is a heroic rebel fighting god's tyranny.

      September 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin™

      What a nice thing to say, thanks

      September 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      I'm highly insulted with that one! its true i invented the idea of a democratic republic. i have nothing common whit ether party, I'm still as.sociated with the Progressive Party
      {just remove the period indocu.ment}

      i do try to get my influence behind part lines that's why their are progressives i both parties

      Lucifer means bringer of enlightenment,... your welcome

      and yes i am thank you
      Rational Libertarian

      September 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  14. Rational Libertarian

    I'm no Dem supporter but this is definitely a plus.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  15. Mass Debater

    The article should have been called: "'God' also absent from Everywhere."

    September 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      if only that was true

      September 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  16. IslandAtheist

    Thank you, Mr. President.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  17. Ufia

    Awesome. They've got my vote.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  18. Abinadi

    That clinches it for me. I have been voting heavily democratic, but I am outa here!

    September 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • OTOH


      Where's your imagination? Don't you see the hidden code? I am surprised.

      "g" is in "gather"
      "o" is in "nation"
      "d" is in "hard"

      Isaac Newton would be ashamed of you! 😈

      September 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • OTOH


      Here is the 2012 platform paragraph for your perusal:

      "We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth-the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us."

      September 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Abinadi

      We need another party – one that has for its motto "In God We Trust" but represents the common man. Forget the democrats!

      September 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      But Abinadi, belief in God is an excellent wedge or a lever to move people around with. How would a party of the common man protect itself from exploiters who've learned to bring God into all their very worldly plans for all the power a political party could bring them?

      September 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Jennifer

      Abinadi, you mean "in imaginary sky fairy we trust". No thanks, won't vote for that party. Stuff your sky fairy stories, get with the times.

      September 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  19. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    People's right to choose whether to believe in gods, not believe in any god, or to worship anything as they see fit is best protected when a particular God is not enshrined in a political platform.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • IslandAtheist

      I didn't choose to be an atheist.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  20. Agnostic Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    Let your kids be all that they can be. Just teach them that there are:

    1. Things we know that are unfounded and most likely political sales literature from the beginning of mankind (all religions); and
    2. Things that we don't know a damn thing about (god/deities).

    An agnostic approach regarding deities keeps us honest about what we don't know anything about, but also prevents unfounded junk from #2 above (religion) from dirtying up our rational thinking on the matter.

    So instead of praying to make-believe characters and trying to get others to follow the political garbage from long ago, just sit down, put on some good jazz, and collect you damn thoughts. My goodness.

    I am mama kindless and I approve this message.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
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      September 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
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