Democrats at their party’s national convention down in Charlotte, North Carolina are making themselves busy this week, talking about Barack Obama’s accomplishments. One of Obama’s recent accomplishments won’t receive applause from supporters of the separation of church and state, though.
The Associated Press is reporting that Obama personally insisted that the Christian deity God be named in the Democratic Party platform. The move places the Democratic Party, once again, in the same company as the Republican Party, promoting the elevation of monotheistic religion in the government.
The inclusion of the the name God in the Democratic Party platform wouldn’t be so concerning if it was an isolated incident. It’s not. Four years ago, Barack Obama insisted on the creation of special parts of the Democratic National Convention where atheists wouldn’t be allowed to go. As President, Barack Obama has expanded George W. Bush’s corrupt White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives, which funnels public money to politically connected churches. Obama has refused to reform the office of government patronage of religion.
Diversity of beliefs about religion is increasing in the United States. More Americans than ever before don’t participate in monotheistic worship and don’t have monotheistic beliefs.
Barack Obama doesn’t want the Democratic Party to work with that diversity. No one’s asking for any non-monotheist religion to be promoted in the Democratic Party platform. All that supporters of separation of church and state want is for the Democratic Party, and the Executive Branch that it runs, to step away from the exclusive promotion of monotheism, and leave the talk of religion where it belongs: Outside the federal government.