During a discussing last night with Lou Dobbs on FOX Business Channel, Pastor Robert Jeffress denounced the Democratic Party for passing a resolution that he claimed was an endorsement for godlessness.
To the rest of us — the ones who live in reality — the DNC simply acknowledged the “value, ethical soundness, and importance” of non-religious Americans.
DOBBS: [The Democrats] seem to be a party of hate before any other quality.
JEFFRESS: And they are a godless party, Lou, and becoming more so. You remember back in 2012, when they had an argument on national television at their convention about removing God from their platform? Then, in 2016, at their convention, they had a pastor up there praying, and he gets heckled, and now, even this weekend, the Democrat Party passes a resolution saying “we enthusiastically support the values of the religiously unaffiliated in America.” “Religiously unaffiliated” is code for Godless! They are truly becoming a godless party by their outreach, and certainly by their beliefs.
The Democratic Party isn’t promoting atheism. The least conventionally religious person running for president right now may be Marianne Williamson and her brand of pseudoscience isn’t winning her any fans on this side of the God spectrum. Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker routinely (and comfortably) reference their faith in their speeches while the others make no secret of their religious views. Even Bernie Sanders, who often gets branded as an atheist, has been talking about his Jewish faith more than he did in 2016.
But since Jeffress has such a problem with the Democrats embracing the “values” of the Godless, why not at least mention what they are?
According to the resolution that they passed, non-religious Americans embrace “rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values.” That’s it. That’s what Jeffress is so mad about.
I guess he heard “rational” and alarm bells went off in his head because they couldn’t possibly be talking about people like him.
The Democrats didn’t even adopt those values for themselves. The resolution merely said non-religious Americans often advocate for those values, and they should be “represented, included, and heard by the Party.” It’s arguably the least the Democrats could’ve done given that we’re one of their largest constituencies.
Jeffress was wrong about the 2012 convention, too. That year, a draft version of the party’s platform including a section on the importance of faith. It said “our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith” and that there’s “no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution.” People like Jeffress blew a gasket over all that… because it didn’t include the word “God.” At the actual convention, there was a vote to stick “God” back in the platform (via the phrase “God-given potential”). It passed. It’s still there today. End of story.
So when Jeffress says Democrats removed God from their platform in 2012, he’s lying. They didn’t do that in the first draft, at least not in spirit, and they didn’t do that in the final draft at all.
Jeffress is a liar. He’s a high-profile conservative Christian. There are only two dots. You connect them.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)