Cal  Thomas
In a speech resembling a TV re-run (the liberal website The Daily Beast called it "dull"), President Obama accepted his party's nomination for a second term. In doing so, he made the most ludicrous claim of this campaign, indeed, of his presidency: "You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth."

With this president, truth telling remains an unfulfilled promise. Telling Democrats what they want to hear was what the Charlotte convention was all about.

Perhaps the only truth-teller at the convention was Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. In his benediction, Dolan stood against the anti-life tide of the Democratic Party when he prayed: "Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to defend it, life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected."

It was a gutsy move by Dolan. But, according to Media Research Center's NewsBusters, "The only networks respectful enough to show the prayer in its entirety without interruption were Fox News, Fox Business and C-SPAN. ABC, CNN, and PBS kept it in the background, while talking over it. MSNBC completely ignored it." Dolan's prayer was also a rebuke to a convention that failed to include the word "God" in its party platform. The three voice votes appeared to favor omitting any reference to God in the Democrats' platform, but because of how it would look to some religious voters, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the convention chairman, declared the necessary two-thirds majority vote. The response? Boos from the crowd.

The party platform would be more truthful had it left God out. Would God approve of abortion on demand and same-sex marriage? Not according to the Book delegates could consult in their hotel rooms. A convention dominated by the left's fixation on this modern form of child sacrifice, along with contraception and same-sex marriage, is not the type of agenda likely to find favor with God, or appeal to many in Middle America. Bigger government programs to "help" the poor reach the middle class are unlikely to cover this multitude of sins.

I would be perfectly fine if both parties stopped talking about God. In fact, I would prefer politicians end their speeches with something other than "God bless you and God bless America." What's wrong with "thank you for listening and good night"? Why should God bless America? What are we doing that would earn His favor? This is sloppy theology that any first-year seminary student, or serious layman, could dissect.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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