This is an excerpt from my latest blog post on The Huffington Post religion channel:
Whew! It was almost thought that Democrats were Godless. Many, including the president it seems, could not figure out why the word “God” was taken out of the Democratic platform.
In what was a spectacular feat of political repositioning for President Obama’s reelection at the Democratic Convention, there were certainly many mentions of “God Bless The United States of America” as speeches concluded, as some evidence that God was hovering above the message of Democrats, though certainly not featured front and center.
Yet, while a bit shocking to many, it could be that there were a whole lot of faithful people of both parties who actually found this refreshing.
God, for many faithful people of both parties, is not a convenient sales tool. God is not merely a popular brand attribute. Faith may be the single most important focus of many lives, but one that remains an entirely private matter.
Turning a candidate’s faith into a display item for mass consideration can be done in a way that appears truly in bad taste. Some even feel it goes fundamentally against our country’s foundations. …
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