The omission of a reference to God in the original Democratic Party platform was no accident, says Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council.
“I think that a lot of people question whether or not it was oversight, or whether it’s a reflection of the president and his party and this call for the separation of church and state,” he said on CNN’s “Starting Point” Monday, Politico
“It’s not a separation of church and state. It ultimately is a separation of God from government. I think that’s what we saw in the Democrats’ original platform.”
President Barack Obama pushed through a change to the original platform re-inserting a reference to God, and Democrats called the original decision an “oversight.” But Perkins noted that the platform provisions backing abortion and same-sex marriage weren’t called “oversights” by the Democrats.
“When you super-size government with cradle-to-grave programs, I guess it’s kind of a challenge to make room for God on the tray,” he said. “Nobody . . . two days into the convention [said,] ‘Oh, Mr. President, by the way, . . . we forgot to put in that we support unlimited access to taxpayer funding of abortion,’ or, ‘Oh, Mr. President, we forgot to put in that we support the re-definition of marriage.’”
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan also took Democrats to task over the omission of a reference to God. “It’s not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision, but I guess you would have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform,” he said Wednesday.
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