The Democratic Party committed a major political faux pas this week when it left out any reference to God in the party platform.
Republicans picked up on that omission, as well as the platform's exclusion of any reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a view traditionally held by both parties.
Republicans excoriated the Democrats for the exclusions. Democratic Party leaders tried to mitigate the damage by amending the language and reinserting God and Jerusalem.
However, the maneuver turned humiliating when it took three votes to make the change. Even then, it was unclear that party leaders had the necessary two-thirds vote.
On TV and YouTube videos, it looks like delegates are booing God and opposing Israel.
Not a pretty sight.
God and politics are deeply intertwined in America, even though we have, by design of our Founders, a secular government.
The country's founding document, the Declaration of Independence, references God in the first sentence and defines our unalienable rights as coming from the Creator.
But the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of God and even states (Article VI, paragraph 3) that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
Still, most politicians embrace God. You can count on one hand the number of significant American political figures who were out-of-the closet atheists. Democratic Representative Pete Stark of California might be the only avowed atheist currently in Congress.
No doubt members of Congress have varying degrees of faith, but on the stump a prayer, a Biblical quote and references to God usually play well. God is good for votes, as well as for the soul.
Historians are still debating Abraham Lincoln's religiosity. Whatever his core convictions were, Lincoln used references to God liberally in his speeches and writings. It was Lincoln who posed the religious conundrum presented by the Civil War.