The Democrats still have a God problem.
During Hillary Clinton’s introduction by a female supporter at a campaign rally at New Jersey’s Camden County College, the woman attempted to weave in the Pledge of Allegiance as she warmed up the crowd.
Waving her arms, the speaker began, “Hillary can bring us together, as one nation …”
And then she stumbled on what came next.
After a moment’s hesitation, she continued, “Uhhh … indispizzable, with liberty and justice for all.”
It was four years ago delegates attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte removed a reference to God and a declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital from the party platform. The next night, when God and Jerusalem were restored by an amendment, delegates booed, jeered and shook their fists at the chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
It took Villaraigosa calling for the vote three times before he could make the declaration that in his opinion, the ayes made up two-thirds of the vote.
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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 stated 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 before he could finish speaking.
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Clinton’s position on religious liberty has already raised concerns for the 2016 election.
In October 2015, Clinton addressed the nation’s most influential “gay”-rights lobby, the Human Rights Campaign, where she promised, as president, she will sign the Equality Act, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include the categories of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” The act explicitly forbids an appeal to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act if religious-liberty infringement is alleged.
In her speech, she attacked supporters of “religious freedom,” Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee for “celebrating a county clerk who is breaking the law.” She condemned Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act for trying to let businesses deny service to LGBT customers.
“You know the obstacles that remain better than I do, but I want you to know that I get it,” she said. “I see the injustices and the dangers that you and and your family still face, and I’m running for president to end them once and for all.”