The atheists are thrilled.
God has been removed from the Democrats' platform.
And no less than Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says removing God is "carping on a trifle."
As reported on the CNN Political Ticker:
David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said the exclusion of "God" in the Democrats' document was a step forward in including non-religious Americans in the official party stance.
"We are obviously happy that the Democrats are taking these positive steps," Silverman wrote. "We are looking for the inclusion of everyone and we are hopeful that that inclusion will continue to the point that we can depend on Mr. Obama to repeal the faith based initiatives and reinforce the separation of church and state."
"It comes as a pleasant surprise," he added. "It is something that we have been pushing for and is certainly a positive step. But it is only one step and I would like to see action more than words."
If the atheists are thrilled, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was nothing but defensive and angry.
Fox reported last night that the Democrats had removed the solitary reference to "God" from their platform. This was followed by a Bret Baier interview with Senator Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip and a close Obama ally.
As seen here, Durbin quickly became upset when Baier began to question him on the fact of "God out of the platform."
Durbin instantly snaps that if "the narrative" of Fox News is that "the Democrats are Godless people" they ought to know better. God is not "a franchise of the Republican Party," he snarls. A startled Baier politely persists as Durbin demands "present your evidence." Baier immediately recites the times God was mentioned in past platforms…once in 2008, seven times in 2004, four times in 2000…only to have Durbin angrily interrupt. "So what's your question…..you are carping on a trifle."
Great television, yes.
But I would suggest there was considerable reason for Durbin's sudden outburst.
This is the political party that has acquired a reputation in the last 50 years as being increasingly anti-religion. Well aside from issue positions on such things as partial-birth abortion or school prayer (the first favored, the second not), not to mention the constant hate-campaign against the "Religious Right," God has been dumped in the Obama-era from such routine things as a Thanksgiving proclamation in 2010 and a Thanksgiving address in 2011.
The impression is well out there that Democrats hate religion. In fact, that they have an ill-concealed contempt for it. And Durbin knew instantly his party was self-sabotaging.
So to sum up.
God is out of the Democrats' platform. The atheists are thrilled. Durbin thinks God's removal a "trifle."
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