Hours before the Democratic Party voted Wednesday to reinstate "God" and Jerusalem into its official platform, conservative Republican Pat Robertson lashed out at the group for being the "party of gays, godlessness and whatever else," and suggested that it was now "going after God" for previously dropping "God" from the party platform.
Although the motion was passed with obvious opposition Wednesday during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., (watch the DNC delegates vote), it was reported that it was President Barack Obama who personally "ordered his staff to have the Democratic Party's platform language changed to include God and affirm Jerusalem as the proper capital of Israel," Politico reported, citing a campaign source.
Obama, possibly trying to reign in Jewish swing voters in key states like Florida and Pennsylvania, had attracted some criticism this week after David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network reported that Democrats had scrubbed references to God from the party platform.
On Wednesday, Pat Robertson, chairman of CBN and a co-host of the network's "The 700 Club," commented on the news, suggesting that Democrats were "going after God" due to the move and criticized the party's historical adoption of same-sex marriage as an official position.
"Back in the 1850s or 60s, there was a charge that one party was the party of 'rum, Romanism and rebellion.' I don't know what you'd label the Democrats now, but it's the party of gays, godliness and whatever else," Robertson says in a video excerpt edited by Right Wing Watch, adding, "same-sex marriage is in the platform, they want to go along with that as a right, and I'm just astounded."
"You're going to go before the American people and that's going to be the face you're going to present to America. You've insulted the Catholic Church with your rules, you've insulted right-to-work states, you have insulted certain union groups with your stand on the pipeline. And now you're going after God. It makes no sense, but that's what they want to do," he added.
Robertson, who has criticized the Democrat Party on numerous occasions for its liberal stances, has suggested that the only viable option conservative Christians face is to vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney as president this November. Robertson, a Southern Baptist, has said that Romney's Mormon faith should not be an issue for voters.