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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. ScottCA

    Humans create god in their minds and god only exists in their minds. There is no evidence of the existence of any god.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

    September 6, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Robert

      Atheists are liars as well as users.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  2. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUtxDPOCLFA&feature=relmfu

    September 6, 2012 at 12:48 am |
  3. tuvia

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

    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.

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

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

    September 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Could this rabbi be any more of Jew stereotype? Unbelievable. The nose, the beard the whining and complaining. Oy!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • old ben

      This is bull sh it. Also this Jonathan Pollard is a highly unstable traitor. Keep him where he is.This is bull sh it. Also this Jonathan Pollard is a highly unstable traitor.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  4. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the history of developments in the Middle East we invite you to read the articles ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’ and ‘Clash of Civilizations’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Revelation??? You must be kidding. Everyone knows some fool, high as a kite, crashed his camel in a lake of bath salts or worse to come up with that mess. My goodness.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Robert

      I already stated that atheists hate authority of any kind due to their criminal mentality. That's why they especially hate Jesus Christ.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • sam stone

      state it as much as you want, robert....jesus is waiting to spray his savior goo all over your face

      September 6, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  5. tuvia

    B"H

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

    WORLD VS ISRAEL.
    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.

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

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

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

    B"H

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

    WORLD VS ISRAEL.
    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.

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

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

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

    September 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • old ben

      Jeez – whoever posted all this convinced me to run to the bathroom and shave myself from head to toe. I'm not yet used to the look, but it sure feels better.

      September 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  6. Kebos

    Dems are getting as batty as the Reps

    September 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  7. Treat the swine like swine

    Shoot all spies, especially Pollard. Shoot Pollard, then shoot him again. Then kick him. Then recognize Palestine and derecognize Israel. Then ignore both of them – they deserve each other. Then shoot Pollard again.

    And bust a few caps into that spy-sucking rabbi dude as well.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • Achmed The Dead Terrorist

      SILENCE! I KILL YOU!

      September 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  8. taxpyer

    It is surprising that the DNC would support anything to do with God as anti Christian as Obama is. What faith is Rev Wright anyway?

    September 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Nowhere to turn

    Nice way to kiss religious ass, wimps! You think that will actually get you votes? Forget it. The only people who care are always going to vote for a republican. Always.

    While the right wing thoroughly sucks in America, things like this are why I am not a liberal either. Guantanamo? Wimped out, kept it going. Patriot Act? Wimped out, left it going. Single payer health care? Severely wimped out and waffled to something nobody likes, though they controlled congress at the time. Prosecution of guilty leaders for war crimes and torture? Wimped out and looked the other way. Penalized the banks for the economic disaster they created? Wimped out and gave them more of the Bush huge sums so they could have their super-bonuses.

    Right is psycho, and Left is weak and wimpy and, with no imagination, plugging in the same FDR policies.

    Lovely

    September 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      'Right is psycho, and Left is weak and wimpy ...'
      You've got that right! There is nowhere to turn... American people have been duped!

      September 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • collectivedementia

      Good points,and very true. The modern-day Great Depression has nothing to do with soup lines and economic disaster.
      It is a very apt description of the leadership we have had in this country since way before GWB. The level of intellect of the people WE HAVE CHOSEN to make these decisions for us is an embarrasment at best,and it is all the fault of the gullible sheep who tend to believe any politician will make good on his/her promises.Maybe by the next election in 2016 we will pay more attention.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  10. Chad

    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.

    Awesome news!!

    September 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Sudan

      So you will be voting for Obama and the Democrats then?

      September 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  11. Your Videos Are Boring As Fukk

    Definitely time for CNN to ban videos on the blog comments.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • ChristardMingle.com

      What, you don't like listening to this fukin' rabbi whine and complain about god's chosen people?

      September 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Big Man

    As predicted.....by Adolf Hitler and in Ford's book, International Jew. These people are vile parasites in all host societies in which they lived.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  13. tuvia

    B"H
    MAZEL TOV.
    MR. ROMNEY.
    LET MY PEOPLE GO LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW ON HUMANITARIANISM.
    HE SERVED LONG ENOUGH
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    MR. ROMNEY, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON
    AND PRESIDENT OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW. ORK NOW
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    Rabbi Chaim Richman answers President Obama's Cairo

    speech

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

    September 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  14. tuvia

    B"H

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

    MR. ROMNEY, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON
    AND PRESIDENT OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW. ORK NOW
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    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.

    LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD

    September 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • old ben

      Oh I get it – it's Nicholas Cage behind that beard.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • ScottCA

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

      September 6, 2012 at 12:49 am |
  15. Sam Yaza

    they even kill American they do not care about any life

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3JI-axaRF4

    RIP Rachel

    September 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  16. Sam Yaza

    any christian that support Israels genocide is a traitor, Jesus was a Palestinian Bethlehem and Nazareth are still on the west bank. 5,000 Christians live in Gaza the Palestinian ghetto.

    September 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • ttwp

      Jesus is an Israelite/Jew from the tribe of Judah.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Palestinians are from the tribe of Judea
      the Israelite who are there now are not born from Jewish lines

      September 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  17. Alien Orifice

    Rabbi Chaim Richman is a whiny dweeb. Jews' "claim" that Israel was promised to them by their god. If that is true, then the land was not promised to them beause there is no god. End of story. Next?

    Obama is robbing the Jewish people? Robbing Jews?? Don't they have the copyright on robbing people?? Violent, whiny, theiving, coniving back stabbing delusional dweebs.

    September 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      This was not posted by me for what it is worth.
      AO

      September 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Sam Yaza

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpUC45vugdY

    September 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • tuvia

      B"H

      IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

      WORLD VS ISRAEL.
      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.

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

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

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

      September 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Observation

      In the picture it looks like the guy behind is sniffing the butt hole of the guy in front.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Observation

      On the second thought more like burying heads in .........do I need to complete the sentence?

      September 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  19. Bootyfunk

    the democrats are playing to the christian cult members! awesome! way to divide the party! next they should make it mandatory to be a christian in order to join the democratic party. shweet move!

    September 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • collectivedementia

      Yep....This will certainly cause the womens rights and g..ay marriage folks bolt over to Willards camp.
      If it weren't for the magical,special underwear.....

      September 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Sam Yaza

    are you serious that was a "no" and further more Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel Tel Aviv is
    Jerusalem is not even in Israel

    and Israel does not even exist the land is called Canaan
    Jerusalem is called Jericho

    i will not vote fore any one who recognizes Israel as a country and any one who sides with them as the commit genocide on the Palestinians is guilty of the same genocide,... you are all Nazis Zionist

    DEATH TO ISRAEL
    DEATH TO YAHWEH

    FREEDOM TO ASHERAH

    September 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
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