Religion raises divisive specter at Democratic National Convention

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  • middle class Cedar City, 00
    Sept. 6, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    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!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Sept. 6, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 6, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    "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.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 6, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    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?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 6, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    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.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    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.