Tobin Grant:

The Democratic 2012 platform was not its first to exclude “God” from a platform. Indeed, references to God were absent from all Democratic Party platforms between 1960 until 1996. There was also no mention of God in the 1972 Republican platform. Until recently, those platforms that did mention God did so in small ways, such as quoting the pledge of allegiance.

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

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John Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University.