What Democrats booed was an amendment — not God — that was introduced to the convention after the platform committee had adjourned. The amendment added language that mentioned God and named Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The reverend stated that those who voted "nay" were voting against God; but here again, that is his conclusion and shouldn’t be confused with fact.
Our founding fathers wrote the Constitution without mentioning either God or Jerusalem, so I was peeved that Democratic leaders, including President Obama, caved to the Republican’s political correctness. The amendment was perfunctory and pecksniffery, designed solely to appease people like the Rev. Koedyker. I respect politicians who feel that faith is a private matter between individuals and their God, and avoid the showy religious demonstrations that have emerged in the last decades.
It’s easy to believe that many politicians who beat their chests declaring their deep religious convictions are just looking for votes. The party who didn’t offend Koedyker had members like Mark Foley, Mark Sandford, Tom Delay, Randy "Duke" Cunningham, Dennis Hastert, John Ensign and others; who all resigned under a cloud of disgrace. Apparently, a platform with the right words didn’t improve their fitness for office.
The Democratic platform and legislative history address the poor, the sick and the elderly, and that sounds quite a bit like Jesus’ platform. One wonders why the reverend is not on the same side. Perhaps he is distracted by the glitter and blind to the substance.
— Richard Kamischke, Grand Haven Township