'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. Yo

    Whats all this video crap? Whos the kludge who cannot speak words? Get a new hobby, fool

    September 5, 2012 at 3:59 am |
    • ScottCA

      You don't like the videos, that is unfortunate for you. Atheism is growing far faster in the US than any religion has ever grown. Expect more videos. Expect many more videos.

      September 5, 2012 at 4:17 am |
    • Bob

      ScottCA, thanks for posting all those great videos. Much appreciated.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  2. Yo

    Word up

    September 5, 2012 at 3:58 am |
  3. ScottCA


    September 5, 2012 at 3:51 am |
  4. GodHam

    I just thank GOD that the American Atheists are finally happy with the Democrat platform.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:39 am |
    • ScottCA

      And god thinks nothing outside of your own head. There is no evidence, not one single shred of evidence that there is any god.

      The null hypothesis is that god does not exist. Since there is no evidence to support the existence of god, the null hypothesis holds as the logical position. To depart from this position without evidence is to delve into insanity.

      Just as it is insanity to believe in the 6ft tall green monster in my closet without evidence, so is it insanity to believe in god without evidence.

      September 5, 2012 at 4:15 am |
  5. ScottCA

    Time to step up the battle for reason and logic.

    September 5, 2012 at 3:34 am |
  6. Chew em if you got em

    There is no "god" anywhere, so "god" is also absent from my left nostril as well. Good choice of words, CNN!

    September 5, 2012 at 3:19 am |
    • Chew em if you got em

      Also, I did not write down "God" anywhere on the Moon, Tellus IV, or on the roof of my 200 ft yacht.

      September 5, 2012 at 3:26 am |
  7. ScottCA


    September 5, 2012 at 2:44 am |
  8. niccolopolo

    They didn't omit the word "God" so much as they quit using it and the word "government" interchangeably.

    September 5, 2012 at 2:37 am |
  9. ScottCA

    this video is just too funny. I am sure every rational mind here will get a laugh from this one.
    Epic video. Dawkins you Rock.

    September 5, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • ScottCA

      This reminds me so much of a Saturday Night Live Skit. They should have had him on as a guest to do this.

      September 5, 2012 at 3:39 am |
  10. Buckaroo Banzai

    The cross-suckers are all right-wing whacks anyway, so why should the Dems kiss their arrogant anti-democracy derrieres?

    September 5, 2012 at 1:47 am |
  11. Ralphie

    George W. was led by Jesus, and it got us concentration camps and torture and an unjust war and another unwinnable war and indefinite detentions and big brother surveillance and an economic collapse and a huge bailout for the fat cats who caused the collapse. Good stuff.

    Love that Jesus!

    September 5, 2012 at 1:42 am |
  12. Bootyfunk

    a pretend deity absent? LOL.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  13. Reality

    The real nitty-gritty of this election:

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And the irony:

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.


    September 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Reality

      From the Democratic Party's platform for 2012:


      The platform supports a woman's right to seek a "safe and legal" abortion, regardless of her ability to pay.

      "We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right," the platform said. "Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy - there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way."

      September 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • Reality

      The reality of se-x, contraception and STD/HIV control: – from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

      Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

      The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

      : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

      Added information before making your next move:

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      Consumer Reports, January, 2012

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

      Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

      The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

      – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
      – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

      Followed by:

      One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
      Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
      The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
      Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
      IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

      Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

      September 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Bob M

      We need a world-wide program of mandatory and reversible sterilization. No exceptions, no excuses.
      Everyone sterilized when they hit puberty.

      Of course, rubbers would still be required to prevent the spread of STDs, but we have GOT to stop people from having children because most of them should never have children or be allowed to have children or even be AROUND children!!!!

      If I were to list all the ways this would be a good idea and a good thing for everyone, I would run out of room and probably forget a great many of the positive results that would be guaranteed, I say GUARANTEED, to not only work, but make this a much, much better world to live in.
      Just having a concrete ACTUAL effort that addresses child abuse in this way should be an overwhelming reason for anyone who seeks to put an end, once and for all, to child abuse!!!

      September 5, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • Reality

      Job creation from human creation:

      Just for the kiddies:

      Pediatricians, nurses, diaper manufacture, baby food preparation and sales, teachers, Disney World and other amusement parks, dairy farmers, clothing manufacture and sales, toy manufacture and sales, crib manufacture and sales, books, movies, insurance, TV shows, advertising.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Rynomite

      Everyone knows (or should know) the Republican party is the party of the wealthy. The reason they promote "family values" and "Gawd" is because those of us who are wealthy do not have the numbers to carry an election to pass our economic agenda. Therefore, the easily manipulateable bible thumpers are incorporated into the party even though the wealthy and educated amongst us laugh at them in private.

      The interesting thing about abortion.... Supporting it actually runs counter to the GOP's true and more important economic intrests. If abortion ends up being illegal, it would require an increase in the size of the welfare state as most fetuses are aborted by poor women. Additionally, every baby that is not aborted ends up being a future Democratic vote looking for a handout.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  14. Reality

    One assumes Dolan will mention god enough. If they cancel his prayer for the finale, then I will be convinced.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  15. Ben

    It's funny how David Silverman's definition of "inclusion" (from the full story) involves excluding people of faith from working alongside the government. I think the existing system is pretty fair. It gives people the opportunity to contribute in accordance with their beliefs, but it does not require anyone to be of a certain faith to participate. All faiths, including non-faith, are welcome. That sounds an awful lot like inclusion to me.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  16. thecollegeadmissionsguru

    There is NO god on the DNC platform, but there is a HeCK of a woman speaking tonight, Mrs. Obama!

    September 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Athy

      Yeah, she's A-OK in my book.

      September 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  17. thecollegeadmissionsguru

    There is a reason why the founding fathers separated Church and State....

    September 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Topher

      Yes. To protect the church from the state.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  18. Colin

    Yes! One down, one to go. We atheists will remove the Christian sky-fairy from the the American socio-political scene. It is just a matter of time.

    You can't hold back the inevitable march of progress and enlightenment.

    September 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      HI FIVES!

      September 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Athy

      We're getting there. But it's gonna be slow. Look at how long it took for this religious bullshit to become entrenched in our society. It's sorta like losing weight; it just takes time.

      September 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  19. Bob

    god is generally absent from, well, everything, because there is no god.

    September 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Bob M

      Well said, other Bob!

      September 5, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  20. Musik2

    Psalm 9:17
    The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

    September 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Psalm 69:69
      And yay, retards will quote scripture as if in some way validates their arguments or makes any sense to rational people.

      September 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Truth absolute, God, rules the world, nothing exists and nothing can exist without truth absolute, denial of truth hinduism, is hinduism, ignorance of hindu's, ignorant s, having no place among educated, knowledgeable. to know fact truth of life and hinduism, denial of truth absolute, visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/

      September 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      You seriously need to go away or learn how to make a cogent argument.

      September 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Go to hind, hell, hindu ignorant from hindered gutter land india, you are no one to tell any one any thing , your hinduism racism has no value here.

      September 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Bob

      Speaking of "wicked", that term sure fits the nasty Christian god, from whom according to the Christian book of nasty we have fine stuff like this:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

      September 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Jesus freaker

      Yes we know, and Jesus will come back any day now.

      September 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Athy

      I can't wait. Bring it!

      September 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • tallulah13

      So the bible says that bad thing happen to people who don't believe in the god of the bible? And you fell for that?

      September 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the new members of this blog:

      Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include Mormonism:

      • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

      • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

      • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

      • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

      • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

      • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

      Added details available upon written request.

      A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

      e.g. Taoism

      "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

      Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

      September 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • sam stone

      Musik: Wow, nothing more convincing than edited, translated iron age hearsay. Keep it up.

      September 5, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Topher

      I see Bob is still spreading lies. Atheists ... reject Christianity if you want to. That's your right. But at least know what you are rejecting.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:11 am |
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