Convention gaffe inexcusable
PDT Staff Writer
Every once in a while, some political leader or party does something that totally amazes me. Last week it was the Republicans putting Clint Eastwood on minutes before Mitt Romney was introduced. He may have made sense to you, but all he did was clog up the rythmn of the convention as far as I am concerned. It was embarrassing and meaningless.
Wednesday it was the Democrats’ turn. First of all, whose idea was it in the first place to purposely remove any reference to God in the party platform. That person should be fired. The second problem is that it is embarrassing that the president signed off on the idea. But what happened Wednesday was one of the most asinine things I have ever seen.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was thrown to the wolves by being given the unenviable task of polling the delegates on whether or not to add God to the platform, and to refer to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was deer in the headlights when it turned out to be about 50/50, so not only did this guy take that vote once. He took it three times, then declared it had passed, much to the displeasure of about half the delegates. What makes it a complete charade is that his announcement that it had passed was already on the teleprompter before he took the three votes.
I am amazed that reference to God was purposely removed from the party platform. I am also amazed that it was a popular decision. Finally, I am amazed that no one has apparently ever read the bible. Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel. While some people haven’t caught up with the trends, Israel is returning to their original roots by referring to Jerusalem as their capital as they should. The uninformed news media made fun of Mitt Romney when he made that reference. It turns out he was right.
This is not a political party issue. It is a moral issue. There are just as many people who love God in both parties. The problem is when you allow your party platform to be hijacked and your beliefs removed for political purposes. I can say with a clear conscience that I would have written this column no matter which party did it. It is completely unacceptable. People should demand better of their leaders.
What I am most concerned about is the intentional action to remove God from the platform in the first place. Psalm 9:17 reads - “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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