September 5 in freethought history…

September 5, 2012 – At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, delegates vote on an amendment to reinsert into the party platform language referencing “God” and “God-given rights” and reaffirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Such language had appeared in the 2008 platform, but had been quietly removed in 2012. Smarting from attacks by Republican pundits and fearing popular backlash among undecided voters, convention leaders were desperate to control the perceived damage. Convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa called for three “voice votes” in rapid succession, which required a two-thirds majority to pass. Despite a clear consensus on the vote, Villaraigosa declared that the amendment passed, and was loudly booed by the delegates.

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