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Thursday, September 06, 2012

What is the Appropriate "God Number?"

This story, the entire front page of this admittedly crap newspaper, and other such stories, including those about the Democrats' last-minute amendments, make me wonder: what is the appropriate number of times to mention God in a party platform. What mention is high enough to pay respect to our religious heritage and the supremacy of the Almighty, but not so high that it risks violating the injunction in Matthew 6:5-8? Are zero or one too low? Is twelve too high?

As the last story suggests, we have a handy metric available, and it would be my pick: roughly as many times as "God" appears in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, but not many multiples more than that. But I welcome other numerical suggestions.

Posted by Paul Horwitz on September 6, 2012 at 08:50 AM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink

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Well the word "God" appears only once in the DoI, but "Supreme Judge" and "Creator" also appear, so Esquire's shabby "find in text" intern probably should be let go.

Posted by: AndyK | Sep 6, 2012 9:16:02 AM

I assumed "Supreme Judge" was a reference to Posner.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Sep 6, 2012 9:19:37 AM

It depends on whether one is playing that game where you have to drink every time somebody says a word.

Posted by: Marc DeGirolami | Sep 6, 2012 9:22:04 AM

Here's some graphic evidence to indicate how silly this "controversy" is. (This isn't directed at Paul, but at those taking the issue seriously.)

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/09/oh-god

Posted by: Matt | Sep 6, 2012 9:52:46 AM

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