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Published: Thursday, Sept. 6 2012 10:59 a.m. MDT

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A Scientist
Provo, UT

The question of whether or not the word "god" appears on a document is considered to be "religion"?

My, my, the believers are getting petty and desperate.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

The Democratic Party is the more open of the two parties and the more amenable to divergent viewpoints. Why a Republican like Paul Ryan should find fault with the Democrats for not making its convention an evangelizing gathering is something he should explain along with his devotion to the novels of Ayn Rand whose atheism has long made her anathema to believers.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I have to admit that the Deseret News' coverage of the Democratic National Convention has exceeded even my expectations by a long shot.

Oh by the way, did you notice today's jobs reports?

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Did any major democrats refer to the LDS religion as a cult? I find Mr. Huckabee's reference and failure to retract that statement more offensive than how many times God is mentioned in a party platform.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

"Oh by the, did you notice today's jobs reports?"

The August job reports will be released tomorrow. Expectations are for better numbers than projections showed. Some instinct or other tells me that's not how Romney will spin them.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Maybe next year Democrats can top the Republicans in the number of times God is mentioned in the party platform and then become the most "God-fearing/honoring" party?

The marriage of religion to politics has become destructive to both. It is no wonder more people are turning away from organized religion and more cynical of govt.

middle class
Cedar City, 00

Given the divisiveness of American politics, this article should have been titled "Religion Raises Divisive Specter in Politics".

We often forget that there are many religious beliefs and principles among Americans. Some of us have few friends from a religion other than our own.

It is very common for Americans to not respect other's beliefs. Where a particular religion is dominant, such as here in Utah, there is less tolerance. Yes, our leaders council us to be loving and tolerant, but in meetings, hallways and private conversations, we are intolerant.

So...the Democrats apparently want to follow the principle of Separation-of-Church-and-State in their platform. Can you blame them?

Rather than invoke some group's religious standards on a nation of disparate religions, it may be better to separate religion (but also acknowledge each other's).

So many have a hard time acknowledging Obama's true beliefs (Methodist). We really are intolerant!

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