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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Democratic Party whom?

Published in Cumberland Times-News Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.
"The founders’ intent was not to remove faith from the hearts and actions of our public servants. What a cold, bold, capricious, remorseless arena society will be, if the atheists – and Democrats – have their way."
In a “revealing moment,” as Mike Huckabee calls it, in his Sept. 8 television program, the nation witnessed the Democratic Party faithful, gathered at their national convention, object to reinstating the tern “God-given,” and inserting a declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, into their party platform.

Ben Shapiro at Breitbart (Sept. 5) calls ramming the verbiage through -- after its absence was criticized -- “a political move designed to prevent disillusioned Jewish voters from leaving the (party) in droves.” Smart Jews, though, Shapiro says, “(will) realize that the base of the Democratic Party simply does not support Israel.”

Vote replays indicate, too, that the Democratic base does not support God. One YouTube commenter cites Matthew 26:34 to put into context the three votes led by convention chair, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: “Truly, I tell you, this very night…you will deny me three times.”

Seems Villaraigosa may know how Pilate, and Christ’s faithful, felt: Dismayed, at the least. Will the condemning Dems react to their deceit the way Peter did, and repent? Or will they go the route of Judas, and self-destruct?

Or will they take the audacious high road of Pilate, and shrug the ugly scenario off as someone else’s problem?

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, platform committee chair, who introduced the amendments, told the Toledo Blade (Sept. 6) that President Obama requested the hasty changes. “I was happy to do it,” says Strickland, an ordained minister.

How telling, that this president would entangle one of God’s faithful to represent his fellowmen in their bold betrayal of the Creator and His holy city, before an incredulous nation – indeed, world -- and then blithely bound forward with no signs of remorse.

We, the masses, are a bunch of chumps, left to wonder: Can this president be re-elected the same way? “NO,” we will shout, to the proposition to re-seat Obama. Yet somehow, will he win by a declared majority?

Atheists seem suddenly emboldened. On the same day as the vote, the Baltimore Sun reported that “secular-minded Marylanders” are organizing a Secular Coalition for America chapter, to lobby this spring in Annapolis (as they will in other capital cities across the nation) “for strong separation of church and state.”

Having intimate knowledge of religious persecution -- the reason the Pilgrims braved the seas to come to our shores -- the Founding Fathers provided that our government should not encroach upon citizens’ religious freedoms of conscience, instruction, culture, life.

The founders’ intent was not to remove faith from the hearts and actions of our public servants. What a cold, bold, capricious, remorseless arena society will be, if the atheists – and Democrats – have their way.

Government will be god, and we its servants. A new communism, ushered in by a misguided electorate, dawns on that horizon where Obama points.

As Michael Dresser notes in his Sun article, “Annapolis has a long history of lobbying by religious groups,” Catholic, Jewish, Muslim. “If the secular coalition is successful, (then) the non-religious would have their own presence in the General Assembly.”

At least one professed atheist serves now in the state senate, Jamin Raskin, D-Montgomery. Dresser, the Sun’s State House correspondent, wrote me in an e-mail, “There are probably several, but politicians who are atheists tend not to advertise it.” Why not?

Presenting his Democratic platform committee’s amendments, Gov. Strickland professes, “As an ordained United Methodist Minister, 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.” 

For whom does Strickland speak? Would he know?

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