Mary Franson on DNC "God" debacle: "Peter denied Christ 3 times also" [VIDEO]
Franson thinks Democrats and Peter have an unflattering thing in common.
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The most painfully awkward moment of last week's DNC came when Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reinserted language about God and Israel's capital back into the party's official platform.
Reinserting the provisions required a two-third voice-vote approval. But when DNC Chairman Villaraigosa held a voice vote and asked all delegates who disapproved to say "No," the roar was at least as loud as those roaring "Yes." Villaraigosa ending up calling for three votes, and each of them featured large numbers of delegates yelling "No!" in response to the possibility of "God" being included in the platform. Remind you of a certain Bible story?
Villaraigosa conducted a voice vote of the delegates on the proposed platform changes, asking for yeses and nos three times because of how similar the responses sounded. A two-thirds vote was required to adopt the change. Despite clear opposition, Villaraigosa declared the amendment had passed, prompting loud booing.
The changes reinstated language from the 2008 platform that 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" and of Jerusalem, "it is and will remain the capital of Israel."
According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama personally intervened to get the platform changed back.
Democrats had been sharply criticized for not including the language, including by fellow party members. Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said on Fox News that removing the Jerusalem language was "a tragedy" that served to "undermine our nation's support for Israel." Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said omitting God "suggests a party that is increasingly out of touch with the mainstream of the American people."
Here's the painful-to-watch video:
Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria -- she of 'Earth Day is a Pagan holiday' lore -- couldn't resist taking the opportunity to portray Democrats as dangerous God-deniers:
For all you nonbelievers out there, the incident Franson refers to is the Denial of Peter:
All four Canonical Gospels state that during Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples, he predicted that Peter would deny knowledge of him, stating that Peter would disown him before the rooster crowed the next morning. Following the arrest of Jesus Peter denied knowing him three times, but after the third denial, heard the rooster crow and recalled the prediction as Jesus turned to look at him. Peter then began to cry bitterly.
In the AP can be believed, Dems who want to keep God out of their politics can thank Obama's bitter tears for the DNC debacle. And Mary Franson can thank DNC delegates for providing another opportunity to portray the GOP as God's party.
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