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Letter: God should've been omitted from platform

God should have been?omitted from platform

In a recent letter on this page, a writer expressed disgust with Democrats for leaving out any reference to God in a draft version of their platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Why, in the only western democracy whose Constitution explicitly prohibits the inclusion of religion in government, must so much of our political discourse be God-soaked? What the writer was essentially saying was that her Christian privilege was threatened by the very thought that "her" God was almost left out of what should be a political forum. I doubt that she lost any sleep over the fact that the original platform also made no reference to any of the other Gods that many fellow Americans worship.

Our elected officials have so many vital pressing issues to address that are relevant to all Americans regardless of their religious beliefs, or non-belief for that matter. We should not be concerning ourselves with proclamations of their level of piousness or lack thereof. Those matters should be confined to our religious institutions and the privacy of our homes, as the Founding Fathers envisioned with the First Amendment.

The real disappointment is that the Democrats had the chance to score points with the rapidly growing secular community by leaving out any God reference, but in the end succumbed to the bullying criticisms of a seemingly fragile religious majority that insists on imposing its archaic dogma on the rest of society, and cries foul whenever there is a perceived challenge to their privileged position.

Brian Hourigan