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FOX News Concerned 'God' Removed from Democratic Platform: VIDEO

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A FOX News chyron, noted by TPM.

ABC News explains what the panty-bunching at Faux News is about:

The Democratic Party’s 2008 platform mentioned “God” once, in this passage (emphasis added):

We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.

Explaining the removal, a Democratic official explained: “The 2008 platform reference is ‘God-given’ and is about growing the middle class and making America fair, not actually about faith. The platform includes an entire plank on the importance of faith based organizations and the tremendous work that they do. Further, the language we use to talk about faith and religion is exactly the same vocabulary as 2008. I would also note that the platform mentions: ‘faith’ 11 times; ‘religion’ or ‘religious’ 9 times; ‘church’ 2 times (one is a quote); and, ‘clergy’ 1 time.”

Watch Senator Dick Durbin get into it with Bret Baier over the issue, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Yeh Fox is such a shining, faith-based organization. So glad we have them to monitor the interior life of American voters.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Sep 5, 2012 9:01:59 AM


  2. i am sitting here with my mouth hanging open after watching this! that a word about a mythical being is so important to the repugs over any of the myriad of issues facing this country (that they actually hold all responsibility for) shows the disconnect the repugs & their minions have with reality and the world as a whole.

    Baier can deny all he wants that he is not making any connection but he is a liar and Durbin not only saw his lack of transparency but called him on it!

    Posted by: mike/ | Sep 5, 2012 9:07:51 AM


  3. Faux News just keeps on getting more and more ridiculous...

    Posted by: Cburg | Sep 5, 2012 9:11:24 AM


  4. Once again, the Democrats prove they are a diverse party. With the Republicans, there's one belief system, and if you don't believe in a Christian God, you're out. People who talk about "God-given rights" and "bringing this country back to God" are the ones who should be feared. Who says that their God is the right one? Pretty ironic for a party whose standard-bearer is Mormon.

    Posted by: Larry | Sep 5, 2012 9:14:27 AM


  5. Maybe because unlike the RNC, everyone attending the DNC were not Christians? I'm sure there were Muslims, Hindus, Wiccans, Buddhists, and atheists at there, and assuming they ALL worship the same "God" is highly insulting. That, and because Democrats don't feel the need to constantly remind everyone of their religion every 5 minutes like the GOP.

    (BTW - the GOP's true Messiah isn't Jesus...it's the Almighty Dollar)

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 5, 2012 9:20:13 AM


  6. God belongs in peoples' faith, spirituality and religion, not in their politics.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 5, 2012 9:21:49 AM


  7. More manufactured outrage from the Murdoch press

    Posted by: chasmader | Sep 5, 2012 9:22:53 AM


  8. If you want to read about God, go to church. What is so hard to understand about that?

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 5, 2012 9:26:58 AM


  9. One more proof Faux News is not a news channel.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 5, 2012 9:34:19 AM


  10. Ha ha ha......"God ou of the platform".......

    Is this supposed to be a distraction from the Republcans not mentioning the Afganistan War at their Convention ?

    It has astonished me,temporarily living in a country at war, that so little attention and committment is given to US citizens fighting and dying over there.
    This a country at war, and FOX wants to play one-up-man-ship with one of the gods ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 5, 2012 9:39:09 AM


  11. What a friggin tool. Push push push. When Maddow does this she's an angry dyke, but white men get a pass.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Sep 5, 2012 9:44:18 AM


  12. If the GOP is so anxious to include God in their platform, they ought to specify if they endorse the Mormon God or the Evangelical Christian God.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Sep 5, 2012 9:48:21 AM


  13. Chuck Todd of MSNBC asked the same question of Durbin this morning.

    Posted by: ScottNYC | Sep 5, 2012 9:49:47 AM


  14. Come on Durbin. We know that Fox News is drawing conclusions, but could you at least answer the damn question and quit drawing your own conclusions.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Sep 5, 2012 10:05:27 AM


  15. So when the GOP is called out for their hate filled platform, they respond that the platform doesn't matter and no one should listen to it. But when the DNC removes the phrase God-Given from a section not dealing with religion, it is an outrage! I think the GOP gets off on being hypocrites.

    Posted by: KT | Sep 5, 2012 10:09:42 AM


  16. Maybe Fox can revive the writers of the Constitution from the grave and ask them why they didn't mention god in the Constitution. Oh that's right. They claim the founders were all Christian believers, even though they weren't. And they claim there is a war on Christmas. I wonder why they didn't ask why there was no mention in the Democratic platform of the war on Christmas.

    Posted by: john patrick | Sep 5, 2012 10:16:59 AM


  17. 4th POTUS James Madison

    Father of the Constitution” for being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights.

    "An alliance or coalition between Government and religion cannot be too carefully guarded against......Every new and successful example therefore of a PERFECT SEPARATION between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance........religion and government will exist in greater purity, without (rather) than with the aid of government. [James Madison in a letter to Livingston, 1822, from Leonard W. Levy- The Establishment Clause, Religion and the First Amendment,pg 124]"

    Posted by: say what | Sep 5, 2012 10:18:27 AM


  18. Maybe the Dems didn't use the word "God" in every other sentence like the Republicans did at their Convention (talk is cheap), but thoughout the Dems speaches they talked about the good works Jesus contantly preaches in the New Testament, without mentioning him specifically. Things like caring for the sick, helping the down trodden by giving them a hand up. Taking care of one another. Teaching our children well and on and on. All lacking during the Republican Convention.

    With them it is every man, woman, and child for themselves. In other words, I got mine so to hell with the rest of you.

    Deeds DO matter more than words.

    Republican rhetoric leaves me wanting.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Sep 5, 2012 10:20:56 AM


  19. Maybe the Dems didn't use the word "God" in every other sentence like the Republicans did at their Convention (talk is cheap), but thoughout the Dems speaches they talked about the good works Jesus contantly preaches in the New Testament, without mentioning him specifically. Things like caring for the sick, helping the down trodden by giving them a hand up. Taking care of one another. Teaching our children well and on and on. All lacking during the Republican Convention.

    With them it is every man, woman, and child for themselves. In other words, I got mine so to hell with the rest of you.

    Deeds DO matter more than words.

    Republican rhetoric leaves me wanting.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Sep 5, 2012 10:20:57 AM


  20. Was this typical *coverage* of the DNC convention by Fox News? Having a blazing speech happening only in the background, while trying to find a way to tear down the DNC in the foreground?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 5, 2012 10:31:46 AM


  21. Jews don't use the word "god" at all. They will write "G-d" if anything and they consider the word unpronounceable. This is out of respect. Maybe the GOP could learn something from them.

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 5, 2012 10:33:30 AM


  22. God not being mentioned in the platform is a *good*, and appropriate, thing. It would be awfully presumptuous of individuals' belief systems otherwise.

    I noticed angels weren't mentioned in the platform either. Ditto unicorns.

    Posted by: James John | Sep 5, 2012 10:37:15 AM


  23. It's comical to hear dems. defending the, "Dropping of God in the platform" and calling themselves Godfearing after giving a standing ovation for abortion and gay marriage.

    Posted by: campy | Sep 5, 2012 10:38:25 AM


  24. This would almost be funny except some people really believe Fox News' bullcrap. Fox will basically be acting as Concern Trolls for the entire DNC just as they did 4 years ago. "Terrorist fist jab" ring any bells?

    One of my favorite invented words (by Joe My God) is "concernstipated," as in the Concernstipated Women of America. You can tell that Fox News is very very Concernstipated about how the Dems don't say "God" every 30 seconds!

    And do they REALLY want to talk about God? Because I'd love to hear Mitt Romney discuss specific Mormon beliefs that are in opposition to Christian faith or how GOP policies are completely opposite the teachings of Jesus, who they claim to love so much.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 5, 2012 11:33:02 AM


  25. Well, that was repugnant.

    Posted by: Peter | Sep 5, 2012 11:40:15 AM


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