Washington Examiner, by John Gage: The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution praising “religiously unaffiliated” Americans while also taking aim at religious liberty.
The resolution passed Saturday at the DNC’s summer meeting in San Francisco affirmed the religiously unaffiliated as sharing their values and being “the largest religious group within the Democratic Party.”
The unanimously passed resolution also criticized “religious views” and “religious liberty” that threatened minority groups.
“WHEREAS, those most loudly claiming that morals, values, and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views, with misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty,’ to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women, and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities,” the resolution stated.
The Secular Coalition of America embraced the resolution as a statement affirming secular America.
“Nonreligious Americans want to work with people of all faiths to build an effective government that serves and protects all of our rights equally,” Sarah Levin, the director of governmental affairs for the organization, said. “At the end of the day, it is critical that all political parties embrace and work with the secular community to ensure that policy is driven by science and evidence, not sectarian beliefs. Religiously unaffiliated Americans strongly identify with secularism, and will fight to protect the separation of church and state.”
During the 2012 Democratic convention, Democratic National Convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa was booed by delegates after a resolution was pushed through inserting the words “God-given” into the party platform along with recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The resolution was supposed to pass on two-thirds voice vote, and Villaraigosa had to call for the vote two times after the crowd ended up being divided before another official told him to ignore the delegates and approve the resolution on the third voice vote.
The resolution came after no reference to God was in the original party platform. Then-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the omission was not intentional.
“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God. . .” 1 Corinthians 1:21.