After resounding and widespread criticism for rewriting the Democratic Party platform to eliminate all mentions of God, and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the White House sent a mandate to DNC leadership to reinsert the terms ASAP.
The Democratic Party, with the president at the helm, is seen by many to have become hostile toward Western religion in general, and Christianity specifically (see our article of May 28, 2012, Obama vs. The Catholic Church).
To help divert attention away from these hostilities, the duty fell to convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, to present the proposed amendments to the convention, which proposed the tepid language:
“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.”
“it 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.”
Upon requesting a voice vote on the amendments, Villaraigosa asked for the ayes, followed by the nos, and appeared shocked that the nos outweighed the ayes. He stopped reading the teleprompter at that point, which instructed him to announce that the ayes had won the motion by the required two-thirds majority, and stumbled into a second request for voice votes. Upon receiving a second resounding majority of nos, he asked for yet a third vote.
When the third vote was even louder in its opposition to the amendments, Villaraigosa read the teleprompter and said that in his opinion, two-thirds of the voters had said “aye.”
With this announcement boos and shouting protests erupted in the auditorium, denouncing the amendments to mention God and acknowledge Jerusalem.
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