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Democratic Platform: 'God,' Jerusalem Language Dropped

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In this Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses supporters in rain at a rally in Chester, Pa. Democrats are closely watching the forecasts as a rainy week unfolds ahead of Obama's speech accepting his party's nomination. With Obama set to address supporters in Charlotte's open-air football stadium on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 party officials insist the speech will go on even if it rains. After all, they said the stadium's main tenant, the Carolina
In this Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses supporters in rain at a rally in Chester, Pa. Democrats are closely watching the forecasts as a rainy week unfolds ahead of Obama's speech accepting his party's nomination. With Obama set to address supporters in Charlotte's open-air football stadium on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 party officials insist the speech will go on even if it rains. After all, they said the stadium's main tenant, the Carolina

In an interview broadcast tonight, CNN asked Obama adviser Robert Gibbs about the DNC platform dropping the word "God," which has been included in previous platforms.

The question, which asked if it was a deliberate decision to drop the word, was somewhat dodged by Gibbs. He said the platform mentions "faith and religion" and cited the "thousands of God-fearing Democrats in this building here tonight."

Since the platform was released, the lack of the word "God" has become a rallying cry among some conservatives, especially those who believe that the Obama administration is unfriendly to religion. The Republican platform, released last week, made at least ten references to God and included a section on religious liberty.

The AP reports:

Democrats have dropped from their platform recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that has opened President Barack Obama to criticism from Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Four years ago Democrats stated unequivocally that "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel."

Israelis and Palestinians both claim the city as their capital.

Democratic spokeswoman Melanie Roussell defended the change. She says the Obama administration is taking the same Jerusalem policy as every Republican and Democratic administration since 1967, while seeking resolution in a two-state peace agreement.

Romney called the change a "shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel's capital." He accused Obama of distancing the U.S. from its ally Israel.

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