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Political analysts tracking the mood of minority groups such as African Americans and Latinos, especially those within the church community, say the Democrats did themselves no favor when it came to matters of faith during the national convention.
Black and Latino Christians have been put in a difficult position over the DNC platform, according to several stories posted at BCNN1.com, an online site "dedicated to reporting breaking news from a black, Christian perspective for the glory of God."
The news site, also found online at blackchristiannews.com has pooled news from other media showing that some Christian leaders in minority communities are not too happy with the apparent "progressive shift" to a more secular Democratic Party.
"My message is this could cost us our election," said Fernando Cabrera, a New York pastor and a city council member from the Bronx. "I see myself as a reformer, and I'm hoping that we can put enough pressure (on the party). And as you know one of the biggest issues is gay marriage."
As was first reported by CBN News, Cabrera believes a pro-life stance and support of traditional marriage are views that members of the Latino and other minority communities hold high.
Editors at BCNN1 also covered quite intensely the "God was booed" moment of the Democratic National Convention.
The DNC ran into a stumbling block when a motion by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to insert the words "God" and "Jerusalem" back into the Democratic Party's platform after the platform committee passed the original version omitting the words required a voice vote in the party's convention hall.
Three roll call votes were taken as the "aye" and "no" voice votes were too close to call. The amendments needed a two-thirds majority approval to pass. After it was determined that the motions passed, many booed.
Under the headline "Will the Democratic Party Now Be Known as 'The Party That Booed God' and Jerusalem? Will This Image Sink Obama's Presidency?' BCNN1 posted a column by Wayne Allen Root published in The Blaze.
"There is room for thousands of delegates at the Democratic Convention. Tens of thousands including the media. On Wednesday, the radical forces in the Democratic Party made it clear there is no room for God," stated Root.
"Politics is about 'Dukakis riding the tank' moments. Voters don't remember speeches. They remember images. The Democratic Party created the worst image in modern political history on Wednesday.
"The Democrats are 'The Party That Booed God.'
"That's the image that will sink the Presidency of Barack Obama," Root concluded.
Obama received 95 percent of the African-American vote and 67 percent of Latinos supported him in 2008 at the ballot box, according to CBN.
Pastor Michael Stevens, who leads a predominantly black University City Church, believes Obama's support from black voters is slipping compared to four years ago.
"It puts me in a tough position, in a tough place. But again, there's a certain sacred cow you just ought not touch and mess with, and for us it's that traditional value," Stevens said. "I think behind that curtain come November ... you're going to see blacks make decisions that they're not publicly proud of."
He also believes there is going to be a large number of African Americans that will not vote because of their dissatisfaction with the Democrats' platform, which supports abortion and gay marriage. "Which is really a victory for no one," Stevens said.
BCNN1 also posted a campaign video done by Florida Republican Rep. Allen West in which he "is making sure voters don't forget the debate over the Democratic National Convention removing God from its party platform."
West's campaign ad highlights the negative reaction to the voice vote led by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from DNC delegates.
"Three times they said 'no' to God," the on-screen text reads in West's video ad showing the DNC Party platform vote.