Why was "God" Dropped?

What's the official reason?


Democrats Drop 'God' From Party Platform

“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.”

Now the words “God-given” have been removed.
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EricLynnWrightAsked:
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Anthony RussoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It's because all the "God" stuff in the pledge and on money and all that was added in the 1950's and not part of the founding of this country.


The original Constitution of the United States that was ratified in 1789 had only one reference to religion: [Article 6] No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

The de facto motto of the United States, adopted as part of the Great Seal of the U.S. by an Act of Congress in 1782 was E. Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One). Congress changed it 174 years later (1956) to “In God We Trust.”

The original ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ was written in 1892 by Baptist Minister Francis Bellamy who DID NOT INCLUDE the words “Under God.” Those were added by Congress 62 years later (1954).

The U.S. didn’t issue Paper Currency until 1861, and ‘In God We Trust’ didn’t appear on it for 96 years (1957).

Just after the Red Scare in the 1950's, CONGRESS CHANGED the Pledge of Allegiance and our Nation’s Motto over the FEAR of COMMUNISM.

In a time when fear is traded like a commodity, and the word SOCIALISM is being used to create the same fear as the old word COMMUNISM, let’s REMEMBER that our country was NOT founded on fear. NO, OUR NATION was founded out of HOPE for a better world where all people were EQUAL – that we were ONE from MANY.
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EricLynnWrightAuthor Commented:
>>It's because all the "God" stuff in the pledge and on money and all that was added in the 1950's

1864

IGWT

"God" is mentioned 5 times in the Declaration of Independence.







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Anthony RussoCommented:
http://undergod.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000059

A law passed by the 84th Congress (P.L. 84-140) and approved by the President on July 30, 1956, the President approved a Joint Resolution of the 84th Congress, declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States. IN GOD WE TRUST was first used on paper money in 1957, when it appeared on the one-dollar silver certificate. The first paper currency bearing the motto entered circulation on October 1, 1957..."

About 90 years after the founding of the country a minister and some other religious folks got it minted on coins. It still did not appear on Money and as a law to be made the motto of the country until the 1950s.

The founding fathers had nothing to do with it.


>>"God" is mentioned 5 times in the Declaration of Independence.

No it isn't. The word "God" is used once and referred to as "nature's God"

http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/freedom/doi/text.html
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EricLynnWrightAuthor Commented:
Correction - God is referenced 5 times.

Still doesn't answer why the Dems dropped "God" from their platform.  It had been there in the past.
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Anthony RussoCommented:
It must be because the courts that upheld keeping it on money said that it was allowed because it had no Theological impact and was only there for inspiration.

AlbertMohler.com – NewsNote: “In God We Trust” and “Under God” = “No Theological Impact?” : http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/03/12/newsnote-in-god-we-trust-and-under-god-no-theological-impact/
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Anthony RussoCommented:
>>Correction - God is referenced 5 times.

Sorry still wrong. The word God is used once and there are 3 other references. Nitpicky, but that's what we do here. :)

How God is described and mentioned 4 times in our Declaration of Independence : http://diamondrn.hubpages.com/hub/God-is-mentioned-four-times-in-the-Declaration-of-Independence
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EricLynnWrightAuthor Commented:
>>Sorry still wrong.

Fine.  Not the question.

Why did the Democrats drop it from their plat form?  Are they anti-God?
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Anthony RussoCommented:
>>Why did the Democrats drop it from their plat form?  Are they anti-God?

They didn't say anything against God. Just not specifying God. It's like thinking atheists are against God.  Most are not as the meaning of the word atheist is to not believe in a God, not to have some kind of anti-God or malice towards God.

And to answer your question again I'll re-paste what I put up above:

It must be because the courts that upheld keeping it on money said that it was allowed because it had no Theological impact and was only there for inspiration.

AlbertMohler.com – NewsNote: “In God We Trust” and “Under God” = “No Theological Impact?” : http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/03/12/newsnote-in-god-we-trust-and-under-god-no-theological-impact/

If it did have theological impact, then it would not be allowed on money.
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