God Becomes Controversial at DNC

The floor of the Democratic National Convention erupted Wednesday over a sudden move to restore to the platform a reference to “God” and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — after heavy criticism from Republicans for initially omitting them.

Democrats, though, were hardly in agreement over the reversal.
A large and loud group of delegates shouted “no” as a vote was called for late Wednesday afternoon. It took three vote attempts before the ayes prevailed.

The battle marked the biggest platform fight so far in either party’s convention, and signaled Democrats were worried the prior language could have been politically damaging in a tight election year. In the section referencing “God,” the change effectively restored language that had been in the 2008 platform.