Author and evangelist Ray Comfort says the Democrats’ flip-flop on the issue of mentioning God and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in their party platform illustrates the process by which decisions are made when God is excluded.
Comfort, an expert in arguments over atheism, has written “Intelligent Design vs. Evolution: Letters to an Atheist,” “Nothing Created Everything” and “You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, but You Can’t Make Him Think.”
He was commenting today on the fracas that arose at the DNC in Charlotte in which delegates removed from their platform mention of God and a declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, even though a U.S. law designates the city as such.
“The Democratic Party’s flip-flop and the resulting anger and confusion about whether or not to put reference to God into their platform highlighted the great weakness in our political system,” Comfort said. “The Yes and No vote is reminiscent of another vote that was taken 2,000 years ago, which resulted in the one-man steering committee washing his hands of the whole process.”
He said this is evidence of a nation abandoning the Bible as its moral guide.
“It has no rudder in the stormy sea of human opinion, so it is driven by whatever wind blows the hardest. When the Bible is abandoned, the question is asked, ‘Is killing a child in the womb morally OK?’ The answer comes from those who yell the loudest. The same applies with homosexuality and other moral issues,” he said.
“Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government. …’ That becomes a weakness and not strength, when the Bible is left out of the equation,” Comfort said.
He continued: “The Scriptures are ‘a lamp to our feet and a light to out path.’ When they are ignored we are left in moral darkness and we will soon forget the truth of the words ‘God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!’”
Comfort noted Thomas Jefferson’s words: “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”
“I propose a small amendment to his words. They should read, ‘The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Scriptures and treats the Constitution as though it was the Word of God,’” he said. “This fiasco should also remind us of Lincoln’s, ‘Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.’”
Yesterday, when delegates to the DNC booed, jeered and shook their fists when the chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, declared that an amendment to the party’s platform – reinserting a mention of God – had been adopted.
He had to call for the vote three times before he could make the declaration that in his opinion, the ayes made up two-thirds of the vote.
After the first vote, which sounded like a dead heat between the yes and no votes, he said, “In the opinion of the. …. Let me do that again.”
The second vote sounded the same, and Villaraigosa looked offstage for help and advice. A woman came up behind him, and said, “Let them do what they’re going to do.”
On the third vote, Villaraigosa was prepared and launched into the statement that in his opinion, two-thirds of the voters said “aye,” apparently without considering the volume of the voice vote.
Shaking fists and jeers erupted even as he was speaking.
See the vote:
The platform had drawn nationwide astonishment a day earlier when a reference to God was removed.
Obama’s position on Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been a point of contention. White House spokesman Jay Carney pointedly refused to state that Jerusalem is, in fact, Israel’s capital when confronted by White House reporters, including WND’s Les Kinsolving, about the issue.
Radio host Michael Savage said the scenario could be the turning point in the 2012 presidential campaign.
“This is a big moment,” Savage said. “America is disgusted with this party of atheists and America haters.”
David Brody reported on the Brody File in CBN: “This has become a disaster for the Democrats and a boon to the Romney campaign. The DNC has now added God back into their platform language after originally taking it out. They have also added language back in that says Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. When they tried to change the language on the convention floor, there were boos! Oy-Gevalt.”
Romney told Fox News, “It’s a very sad day when we have our best friend in the Middle East …. for us at a stage like this to take an action of that nature, to cease calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel, this is a very troubling development.”
The AP described the Democrats as “embarrassed” over the issue and explained that the new language simply said, “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”