The 'God' of the Democrats and the Democratic Convention
This God wants these 'waiting to be born' to be 'welcomed and protected.' This God is the founder of marriage, that institution given by God 'for the nurturing of life and community.'
The God Whom Cardinal Dolan invoked was the God "of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to us so powerfully in your Son Jesus Christ." This God has provided us with "inalienable rights," which include "the gift of life," including "those waiting to be born." The "God" of politics is nothing less than the "God" that is derived from the cult of the State, the worship of power.
But all that glisters is not gold, wrote the bard. Likewise, a document that says 'God' does not necessarily mean the God.
The effort was, like most democratic things, a little messy. After Ted Strickland (OH) moved to change the platform language, there came the embarrassing vote on the floor, and the forced and plainly heavy-handed tactics of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who was chairing the convention.
The vote to change the platform was thrice put to a voice vote, and three times to any objective observer there was a more-or-less even call of "Ayes" and "Nos."
A two thirds majority of "Ayes" was required for the platform to be amended, and--when it was apparent that it was not forthcoming--Villaraigosa exclaimed that, in the "opinion of the chair," two thirds had voted "Aye," and the motion carried.
Whether Villaraigosa's defective hearing was the result of deafness or was result-driven, only he knows; but were I a betting man, I would say it was plainly the latter.
There were audible boos, cat-calls, and groans from the crowd. Whether these were because of the amendment itself or the way the amendment was undemocratically foisted upon the Democratic convention, it is hard to tell. Whether the complaints were more of Jerusalem being declared the capital of Israel or human potential being declared "God-given," it is hard also to tell. Probably, what we witnessed was a combination of all these things.
But as one might expect, the Republicans interpreted the booing as evidence of Democratic apostasy so they could capitalize on it. If this be apostasy, I imagine they are thinking, make the most of it.
For the Democrats, the whole display was sort of like wiping egg off your face by putting more egg on your face.
In any event, now we know--through the tendentious fiat of the chair Antonio Villaraigosa that there was a two-thirds majority among the Democratic delegates at the Time Warner Cable Arena who voted for it--that the Democrats believe that our "potential" is not our own, but "God-given."
The "God" of the Democrats had to be foisted upon them.
But all that glisters is not gold, wrote the bard. Likewise, a document that says "God" does not necessarily mean the God.
In a number of his writings before becoming pope, Pope Benedict XVI distinguished between three fundamental notions of God that are based upon three different approaches to theology: political, mystical, and natural. Depending upon whether our approach to theology is political, mystical, or natural, we will find ourselves with three different understandings of God.
The first two approaches rely on the social structures of men, either political structures or cultural structures, to learn of God or to understand God. The last seeks to discover God by understanding his nature, his essence.
There is therefore the God of politics. There is the God of "mysticism." And there is the God of nature or the God of philosophy.
The "God" of politics is nothing less than the "God" that is derived from the cult of the State, the worship of power. Some people, unfortunately a great many more than we would like to think, find "God" in power. The great prophets of this "God" are Hobbes and Marx and Nietzsche and even the mild-mannered Rawls. Some of the great worshipers of this "God" of politics include Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, but there are a great number of worshipers of this God that seem (and only seem) to be of liberal, gentle manner as Leo Strauss observed in his Natural Right and History.
The "God" of mysticism is perhaps more innocuous and less bloody than the "God" of politics. The "God" of mysticism identifies self with God. It does not see God as a Person that stands, and always will stand, wholly "other" from us. This view sees "God" not as Creator; rather, it tends to see creation and "God" as one. The "stuff" wherein this "God" is found is in the ebb and flow of human experience, in myths we construct, even if it be the "myth" of pure reason. Humans are the ones who seek and "find" this mystical "God" in the things of man. This God is the invention of men.
This view of "God" comes to us in different forms--deism, pantheism, panentheism. In Eastern forms--Hinduism, Buddhism, and the like--this view of "God" ultimately results either in us being this "God," or in becoming this "God," almost always through a sort of cycle of rebirths. In Enlightenment forms, this "God" is viewed as being some sort of ...
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