Democrats tweaked their reset on Wednesday. Please see the followup below this article.
As Democrats got their convention underway in Charlotte, a media blitz ensued after reporters noticed the omission of the words God and Jerusalem from the official party platform.
This came as no surprise to many of us. After all, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) had been the target of vicious attacks by the Left simply because of her evangelical Christian beliefs.
From the president’s longtime devotion to a fire and brimstone preacher some perceive as anti-white and anti-Semitic to one of his first controversial decisions after taking office, Democrats have in effect initiated a Judeo-Christian reset.
In April, 2009, The US Report was one of the only media to point out the lack of wisdom in President Barack Obama seeking a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. The council had just approved Resolution 7/19, Combating Defamation of Religions. Aside from the fact the resolution conflicted with freedom of speech established in Amendment I to the US Constitution, the resolution should have spelled Religions in the singular.
Christianity wasn’t mentioned in the resolution; nor was Judaism. Or Buddhism. Or any other faith but one. There were 13 mentions of the terms Islam, Muslim and Arab. Those mentions were the only faith or nationality included in the UN protections.
Did you watch any of the convention proceedings on Tuesday? Former President Jimmy Carter addressed attendees by video. In 2011 Carter faced a lawsuit for a book he had written, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.
Political observers have made note of Carter’s support for Palestine and criticism of Israel as well.
The fact the former president was featured at the convention so early suggests potential for an alignment with Carter on policy towards Israel.
In 2008 Carter got chummy with Hamas.
In May, 2011, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened Hamas to al Qaeda.
That same month, Obama made a speech about the Middle East. Columnist Charles Krauthammer commented on that speech:
“What Obama did today is something that no American president has ever done, which is to endorse the return to the 1967 lines which as you said would reduce Israel to a country with a waist eight miles wide.”
Netanyahu straightened the president out by declaring Israel would most definitely not go back to 1967 borders in negotiating peace terms with Palestinians.
By September, 2012, ABC reported on the “language shift” Democrats worked into their platform:
Gone are three sentences identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, now and forever. There is no mention of Jerusalem in the 2012 document.
In a riveting speech in March, 2012, Netanyahu addressed the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee as Purim drew near. The Prime Minister declared: “Jerusalem [is] the eternal, united capital of Israel.”
On Wednesday Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said the Obama administration doesn’t understand “the realities of the Middle East.”
ABC reported something else Democrats took out of their platform—a reference to isolating Hamas until the group disavows terrorism.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 5, 2012)
Related at The US Report
By Wednesday afternoon, Democrats were reconsidering part of their reset. In a proceeding Republicans will view as an eternal gift, delegates allegedly voted to return the word God and Jerusalem and part of the text omitted in 2012 from the 2008 platform. The reference to Hamas was not adjusted in that vote.
If you watch the votes (it took 3 attempts), it appears there really wasn't a majority saying 'aye.' This is a funny moment, however, and the mic picked up a woman whose accent is straight out of the South. Enjoy the show at The Weekly Standard (complete with video). ~~The Editors