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September 5th, 2012
05:39 PM ET

Democrats update platform with Jerusalem, God reference

By Jessica Yellin, CNN Chief White House Correspondent

Washington (CNN) – Democrats voted to update their party's platform Wednesday evening at their convention to include a reference to Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, as well as the insertion of the word "God," neither of which was included in their platform this year but was in previous platforms.

The change, proposed by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland immediately after the convention was gaveled into order on Wednesday, required a two-thirds voice vote, but was declared as adopted after three voice votes which brought delegates to their feet, shouting their yeas and nays. Democratic sources told CNN prior to the vote that it was to take place by acclamation.

"I am here to attest and affirm that our faith and belief in God is central to the American story and informs the values we've expressed in our party's platform,"Strickland, who chaired the party's platform committee, read. "In addition, President Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and our party's platform should as well. "

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Israel • Jerusalem • Politics

soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. HeavenSent

    @tuvia

    You have been brainwashed into believing the lies of the talmud which are untrue lies. Israel is the playground were satan aka the devil plays with his big-wheel. My breath smells like sick and bleach. I hope you like worms.

    Amen.

    September 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • The REAL HeavenSent

      Oh, false HeavenSent, you besmirch and befuddle and bee-keep my lofty name of self-righteousness! You will burn in Jesus' loving lake of fire, because Jesus loves mankind so much he runs a perennial-torture concentration camp for most of them . . . and I get to choose for him!

      You lie! Dry bones! You are Satan's prison bitch for all eternity! I am so much more faithier and truthier and savedier than you – I get to be Jesus' eternal suck-upper sycophant toady, because he likes that and will send me to the love lake if I show any signs of integrity or self-srespect. It's a good deal.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  2. tuvia

    B"H

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

    PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.
    JONATHAN POLLARD HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME IN PRISON.
    IT IS TIME THAT HE IS PARDONED

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOLE GO

    Rabbi Chaim Richman answers President Obama's Cairo speech

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    PLEASE PLAY ON YOUR NETWORK NOW
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    ?

    September 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      JONATHAN POLLARD should remain a guest of the United States. What he stole:

      "The information that Jonathan provided to Israel included Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities – all being developed for use against Israel. He also provided information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on up-coming terrorist attacks planned against Israeli civilian targets. "

      Israel felt entitled to this information, but was not entitled to steal it. Spies and thieves should be punished regardless of whether they were sent by a friend or sent by an enemy. Keeping Pollard in permanent custody will send a message to our friends and especially to our enemies that we will not tolerate spies and thieves.

      It's hard to know what Pollard stole and who he passed it to. He's a favorite son of Israel now, but Israel may not have been his only client. Something worth reading from Wikipedia (see the associated references):

      Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigator Ronald olive has alleged that Pollard passed classified information to South africa,[21] and attempted, through a third party, to sell classified information to Pakistan on multiple occasions.[22] Pollard also stole classified documents related to China on behalf of his wife, who used the information to advance her personal business interests and kept them around the house, where they were discovered by investigating authorities when Pollard's espionage activity came to light.[23][24][25]

      See the references at
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

      September 6, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  3. tuvia

    B"H

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

    PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.
    JONATHAN POLLARD HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME IN PRISON.
    IT IS TIME THAT HE IS PARDONED

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOLE GO

    Rabbi Chaim Richman answers President Obama's Cairo speech

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    PLEASE PLAY ON YOUR NETWORK NOW
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    September 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Geoff

      Pollard is a traitor who will die in prison thankfully!

      September 7, 2012 at 8:11 am |
  4. tuvia

    NEWS RELEASE:JERUSLAEM, ISRAEL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU
    AND PRESIDENT OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU
    LET MY PEOPLE GO

    B"H

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

    PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.
    JONATHAN POLLARD HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME IN PRISON.
    IT IS TIME THAT HE IS PARDONED

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOLE GO

    Rabbi Chaim Richman answers President Obama's Cairo speech

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    PLEASE PLAY ON YOUR NETWORK NOW
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    September 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      JONATHAN POLLARD should remain a guest of the United States. What he stole:

      "The information that Jonathan provided to Israel included Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities – all being developed for use against Israel. He also provided information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on up-coming terrorist attacks planned against Israeli civilian targets. "

      Israel felt entitled to this information, but was not entitled to steal it. Spies and thieves should be punished regardless of whether they were sent by a friend or sent by an enemy. Keeping Pollard in permanent custody will send a message to our friends and especially to our enemies that we will not tolerate spies and thieves.

      It's hard to know what Pollard stole and who he passed it to. He's a favorite son of Israel now, but Israel may not have been his only client. Something worth reading from Wikipedia (see the associated references):

      Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigator Ronald olive has alleged that Pollard passed classified information to South africa,[21] and attempted, through a third party, to sell classified information to Pakistan on multiple occasions.[22] Pollard also stole classified documents related to China on behalf of his wife, who used the information to advance her personal business interests and kept them around the house, where they were discovered by investigating authorities when Pollard's espionage activity came to light.[23][24][25]

      See the references at
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

      September 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  5. ReligiousPoopShoot.com

    Any religion based on Abraham is gonna lick balls, because Abraham does in fact lick balls.

    thecollegeadmissionsguru

    September 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Fuk Abraham, fuk him up his stupid as.s.

      HeavenSent

      September 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Abraham is a one-note joke that only retards follow. He's fuking clown shoes. If he were alive I’d beat the sh.it out of him for being so stupid.

      Tom, Tom, the Other One

      September 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Abraham is the worst prophet I have ever heard of. He is a stupid d.ildo. A loser with dumb-a.s.s parables like a third rate Moses or Bill and Ted.

      Howard

      September 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      All you motherfukers are gonna pay! You are the ones who are the ball-lickers! I'm gonna fuk your mothers while you watch and cry like little whiney bi.tches. I'm gonna make you eat my sh.it, then sh.it out my sh.it and then eat your sh.it that’s made up of my sh.it that I made you eat!

      Jesus

      September 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      I work in a fertility/womens' clinic. My job is to jerk guys off for specimens. There aren't too many perks to that job, but I do get expired semen and fetuses for smoothies.

      ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      September 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

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      September 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  6. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    Getting elected is the most important thing! Even this atheist knows it was stupid to remove the reference to god – it only gave the believer idiots, whipped into a lather by the media, a reason to not vote Dem. Nothing was gained by removing the reference and quite likely votes were lost. Same with the statements re: Israel and Jerusalem – nothing gained and much lost.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      If you vote for Obama you are voting for satan, the great liar and author of the talmud, who is also the devil. Satan impregnated Eve with Cain. Much like my brother impregnated me. Serpent is just one of the multiple names of Lucifer aka satan.

      Amen.

      September 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  7. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/ to learn more about hinduism, criminality of hindu Jew's, criminal self centered, secular s against truth absolute God and humanity.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  8. ADW

    Strickland should be removed from office along with those who shoved this blatant criminal invocation into our democratic process!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  9. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    hnduism absurdity of hindu gentiles, ignorant slaves of hindu Jew's, terrorist self centered, secular s, First they deny truth absolute God, foundation of American consti tution and than accepted truth absolute God not by their mind and heart, but for a hindu self serving reason, Turned around and declared Jerusalem capital of hindu Jew's terrorist self centered, secular's, deniers of truth absolute people. Way of hindu Pharisees, criminal goons to hind fool humanity.
    Hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism labeled as Christianity is an off shoot of hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hinduism, corruption of truth absolute by hindu Pharisee's, criminal self centered and promoted with sword by hindu criminal king's and their hindu pagan Magi' fortune teller Prophets to make humanity their gentile, slave, A hinduism, crime against humanity and truth absolute.
    Nazi racist ideology has its roots in hindu, pagan Egypt, ancestral home land of Saxons, meaning tied to or forged with essence, meanings god's, subcontinent never was part of hindu denial of truth absolute but hinduism, racism was imposed by force by hindu's, criminals of Egypt and Persia on nomadic population of subcontinent by declaring themselves to be god's, while native's of Europe were slaughtered to extinction by hindu Gaul's, criminal self centered after they were defeated as hindu, deniers of truth abolute Pharaoh's by the king's of Sudan. Letter X, Hinduism, forgery of word, tied to or forged with. hindu criminal sign of swastika is formed by joining of upright hindu criminal Pharaoh's pyramid and up side down on same axis, invisible pyramid of his hindu pagan Priest, crossing point of both pyramid's creates Swastika above burial chamber of hindu, pagan, self centered Pharaoh. Envisioned by hindu, pagan Zoroaster, preached by hindu, criminal Plato and displayed in Physical form by hindu sanatan, filthy goon Pythagoras. Presence of hinduism, racism is less than 3000 thousand years old in sub continent , not as hindu's, deniers of truth absolute hind, lie of 6000 years in their Hinduism, absurdity. hindu filthy sign of hinduism, pagan ism labeled as Star of David by hindu Jew's, pagan secular s has nothing to do with Israelite but top view of meeting of two hindu, fabricated pyramid to illustrate god hood of two hindu, criminal person's.
    Word Jew is based on Latin word Yahood, Je or Ja, Ye, or Ya, meaning from heart and mind base word for Yes in English, HOOD, habit or habitat, meaning, self centered or a secular, denier of truth absolute, such as King, or Pig, in disregard to truth absolute and Judaism, One who takes a wow to be in violation of truth by his intent, considering himself to be the God, the truth absolute, same as in hindu, denier of truth absolute, word hindu is based on Latin word hindrance, negativity, HAN, great, Hun, to be in greatness and hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, as in word Jew, a self centered or a criminal, otherwise known as a goon, a shaman. Judaism is not a religion but in opposition, defiance to truth absolute in self center ism.
    I

    September 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • nope

      Hunduism source
      nope

      September 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      September 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  11. Howard

    I agree about keeping God out of governemnt. But I don't get the complaints about Jerusalem.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @Howard

      Well I see you atheists are out in full force spreading your hatred for God. Notice who is most quoted in the Golden rule. Jesus Christ's wisdom. Why do the cusions on my couch swish when I move my butt? Stay on the wrong side of the gulf until you are blotted out for eternity.

      Amen.

      September 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  12. Concerned in Cleveland

    So, the Democrats showed their true colors? First they remove God from their platform, then they add him back in even though the crowd votes to turn their back on Him? I feel ill.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  13. Moby Schtick

    Way to fvck it all up, Dems.

    September 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Howard

      How so?

      September 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Ted

      Howard so.

      September 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  14. Jim

    Wow so now Jerusalem is the capital of Israel? I can't believe the Democrats are so bias and racists towards the Palestinian people. Of course, they believe Palestinians are a bunch of evil sand monkeys..

    September 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Howard

      How does this have anything to do with the Palestinians?

      September 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Ted

      How does that have anything to do with red bogulvipers?

      September 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Jerusalem has always been the capital of Israel and it's about time the international community starts to recognize that, it shouldn't have anything to do with the Palestinians anyways.

      September 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  15. stan

    I would say it is an unfortunate gaff, but for the world to see, this entire episode is a sad day for the democratic party, and one that could cause them an election. It reminds me of the health care "debate"

    September 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Howard

      Is their support for israel a bad thing, somehow?

      September 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  16. Beth Pacheco

    Terrible step backwards. The first amendment says it all.

    September 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  17. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    "I am here to attest and affirm that our faith and belief in God is central to the American story and informs the values we've expressed in our party's platform" After giving in to stupidity and invoking God do they have the courage to identify that God?

    September 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  18. Bob

    This is a step backwards for the Democrats.

    September 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  19. thecollegeadmissionsguru

    UPDATE: I meant to say keeping god and any reference to religion OUT of our government is key to keeping us strong.

    September 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  20. thecollegeadmissionsguru

    I am disappointed to learn this. Keeping god, any reference to religion, is key to keeping our government strong. We are NOT a nation founded on the principles of religion. We are a nation of laws, of representation, and people of all races and religions, fighting for a better life for ourselves and our children.

    September 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
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