Democratic Platform Now Includes God, Jerusalem

CHARLOTTE -- The Democrats opened the second night of their convention by adding God and Jerusalem to their platform.

Approved on a voice vote, the partly platform now mentions God and declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel -- two previous omissions that had been attacked by Republicans and other political organizations.

Many delegates in the half-empty hall booed the platform changes. The convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, had to call for a voice vote three tines before the additions were approved.

One change re-inserted language from the 2008 platform: "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."

The document now makes reference to Obama's personal views on Jerusalem.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney has hammered Obama for months over the occasionally contentious relationship it has had with Israel. Romney has also criticized Obama for not being tough enough on Iran, saying it poses a mortal threat to Israel.

The session opened just a few hours after Obama arrived in Charlotte. The president is set to address the convention Thursday night -- in the arena, not in the nearby football stadium as initially planned.

Convention planners said today they had scrapped plans for the outdoor speech because of concerns about the weather, though some Republicans suggested it was because of concern about empty seats at the stadium.


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