God-booing Dems enjoy support of 'Nones'

Monday, October 31, 2016
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Democratic logo on gray bkgroundPeople of faith are split in their support of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with evangelicals, other Protestants and Catholics narrowly supporting the Republican candidate and those of other faiths slightly in favor of the Democrat. 

One religious category, meanwhile, seems to have found a home with the Democrats.

In a recent IBD/Tip poll, Donald Trump was leading among Protestants and Catholics by about eight points, while Hillary Clinton was favored by other religiously faithful by about seven points.

The big gap came in what are being called the "Nones" or those with no religious faith. They favor Clinton by 60 to 18 percent.

According to Urban Family Talk host Abe Hamilton, the attraction to the godless was demonstrated at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, when the delegates literally booed a clumsy attempt to include religious faith in the party platform.

"As an ordained United Methodist minister," Ted Strickland told the assembled delegates, "I am here to attest and affirm that our faith and belief in God is central to the American story and informs the values we've expressed in our party's platform."

That brief speech was followed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He sought two "aye" votes to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and to add a faith-affirming message.

The "aye" votes required a two-thirds voice vote to amend the platform, but there was a mixed response from the crowd so the mayor clumsily asked for a second vote – then a third.

The chorus of shouted "nay" votes grew louder each time, and the delegates booed when Villariaigoas announced the amendments had passed.

A review by Snopes found that Democrats did not boo God – which may be technically true – but they did boo the decision to include the two amendments over their loud objections.

"The Democratic Party booed God," Hamilton recalls from four years ago. "Now how are you going to boo God?"

It showed up again on this year's campaign trail, when Susan Shin Angulo, a New Jersey county official, introduced Mrs. Clinton at a campaign event.

"Only Hillary can bring us together," she said of the Democratic nominee, "as one nation un… indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Shin Angulo seemingly found herself embarrassed by the words "under God," and Hamilton says it sounded as if he was allergic to the word.

Snopes again came to the rescue, noting that the New Jersey official later claimed it was a nervous mistake and denied it was intentional.

Then there was Hillary herself several years ago, who suggested women are denied "critical access" to abortions due to "religious beliefs" that must be changed.

"Those who profess to have no religion," says Hamilton, "seems as though they feel they have found a home with Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party."

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