Among the evils a deep belief in the God of the Torah and New Testament has produced, they argue, is the systematic persecution of homosexuals. Thus, the Democratic platform declares:
"We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples," while the Republican platform calls for a "Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman."
The Republican platform is clearly rooted in traditional Christian beliefs that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman and that homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral and ruinous to body and soul.
Yet, as the man from Chick-fil-A discovered when he asserted those biblically based beliefs about homosexual marriage, that opinion comes close to being a hate crime in the new dispensation.
To the God-fearing and God-loving, this campaign to redefine marriage to include homosexual unions is out of a George Orwell novel. But to gay rights champions, opposition to homosexuals' right to marry and adopt is the mark of the homophobe, the hater, the bigot.
There is no common ground.
But if the party platforms are irreconcilable on homosexual marriage, that is equally true of their positions on life.
Here is the Democratic platform:
"The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken that right. ...
"There is no place for ... government to get in the way."
Under this plank, the father has no rights whatsoever and no role in deciding whether his unborn child lives or dies. There are no parental rights. Society cannot interfere in any way with a woman's decision to terminate her unborn child's life at any point in her pregnancy.
This is a Democratic declaration of support for partial-birth abortion in the eighth and ninth month of pregnancy should a woman so decide, with the rest of us forced to pay for that abortion.
This is a form of feminist fanaticism heretofore unseen in this republic.
No platform celebrating homosexual marriage and backing a woman's right to abort her child at any time in her pregnancy can be credibly adopted by a party that also purports to revere the God of our Founding Fathers.
In truth, this Democratic Party was a godless institution long before its platform writers declared it to be so.
The howlers had it right. God doesn't belong in that platform.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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