(CNSNews.com) - The 2012 Republican Party platform, approved at last week’s GOP convention, mentions God a dozen times.
By contrast, the Democratic Party platform, released on Monday, makes no reference at all to the Deity.
In the 2012 GOP document, references to God actually increased six-fold over the 2008 platform – which saw two mentions, both in the chairman’s preamble:
-- “. . . humility before God and before a nation of free and independent thinkers.”
-- “. . .ever grateful to Almighty God for the political, religious, and civil liberties we enjoy. . .”
In 2012, the GOP mentioned God 12 times, in 10 separate phrases:
-- “. . .Reaffirm that our rights come from God, are protected by government, and that the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent of the governed. . .”
-- “. . .May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America. . .”
-- “. . .We offer our Republican vision of a free people using their God-given talents. . .”
-- “. . .God-given individual rights. . .”
-- “. . .the primary role of government is to protect the God-given, inalienable, inherent rights of its citizens. . .”
-- “. . .defend the law-abiding citizen’s God-given right of self-defense. . .”
-- “. . .taking advantage of all our American God-given resources. . .”
-- “. . .God-given natural resources. . .”
-- “. . .We condemn decisions by activist judges to deny children the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety, including “Under God” in public schools. . .”
-- “. . .the God-given natural beauty and resources of our country. . .”
In the Democratic Party platform, meanwhile, references to God went from one mention in the 2008 statement of party positions down to no mention at all in 2012.
In 2008, Democrats referred to their support of everyone having “the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.” For 2012, the phrase was re-written to read: “each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”