“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.” [CNN]
THE PLATFORM issues of faith replacing “God” has been the talk of right-wing radio, but also made Piers Morgan’s show.
The issue of Jerusalem caused quite a scene when Sen. Durbin was asked the question on Fox News Channel. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, said the omission “undermines our nation’s support for our ally, Israel.”
Now the platform has been amended, with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz the DNC chairwoman, addressing it:
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement after that vote that “the platform is being amended to maintain consistency with the personal views expressed by the President and in the Democratic Party platform in 2008.
“Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths,” she said. “It has been the policy of both Republican and Democratic administrations for decades that Jerusalem is a final status issue to be negotiated directly between the two parties, as part of discussions to achieve a two-state solution that secures the Jewish state and homeland.
“Our party platform already expresses strong support for the peace process and makes clear the steps that any Palestinian partner must take to be a part of such a process – recognizing Israel’s right to exist, rejecting violence, and adhering to existing agreements,” she continued.
It’s really pretty stunning to think people whose living is made in politics would omit the word “God” in an official party platform. Faith worked fine for me, but then I’m a rebel Episcopalian that prefers contemplative meditation, so I tend not to get upset about things like this.
As for omitting a statement about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it was just plain stupid. It’s another basic political issue on which no nuance can be offered in American politics. A water’s edge issue. It’s also something I was pretty sure would be rectified, while waiting for it to happen.