|TRUE: The group Charlotte714 was denied an opportunity to distribute gift baskets to delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.|
|UNDETERMINED: The reason for the denial was that the group's stance on women's rights was contrary to the Democratic party platform.|
|FALSE: The Democratic National Convention sponsored a Muslim prayer event.|
|FALSE: Democratic convention delegates "booed God."|
Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2012]
The Sunday before the DNC, over 9000 people had come together to pray for the convention. Then, wanting to extend hospitality to the visitors to their city, 56 of the churches set out to “Adopt-a-Delegation.”
They put together gift baskets featuring Carolina Pralines and a letter welcoming them to the city and offering assistance in transportation, childcare or spiritual matters.
According to writer, Todd Starnes, The DNC banned the churches from distributing the gift baskets to delegates because, DNC said, the congregations hold values that are contrary to the party platform. Read that carefully.
David Benham, one of the organizers of the outreach said, “We were just trying to display Southern hospitality.” DNC officials, however, conveyed to city leaders that the Christians would not be allowed to present their gift baskets.
Even the Charlotte Mayor’s office jumped in to tell the churches not to participate, saying that their views on women’s rights are contrary to the platform. That’s right ... the same platform that booed God later.
Benham then asked if they could send welcome letters to the delegates. Again, the DNC refused, because, they said, “The churches hold pro-life values.”
But it gets worse. When a gathering of 200 Muslims showed up to pray for the convention, the Dems welcomed them with open arms and the liberal media gave extensive national coverage.
It is ironic that this day, in the shadow of that Islamic prayer event, we commemorate the greatest tragedy in American History, when Muslims attacked America on September 11, 2001, brutally killing thousands of innocent people.
Muslims who publicly state their hatred of our country with fierce determination to kill us all and put America under Sharia Law, are welcomed by the Democratic Party while Christians are pushed out of sight like criminals because they respect life and hold family values.
These are the same democrats who want you to vote them into office to direct the United States of America and every life from beginning to end. It is obvious that we must not let this happen.
Origins: In September 2012, just before the opening of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Charlotte714 group (a collection of churches across the region which takes its name from the Biblical passage
Organizers said the afternoon of music, sermons and prayer drew an estimated 5,000 to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
If so, it dwarfed the number of demonstrators parading through uptown Sunday, an event for which the city has been planning for more than a year.
Charlotte714, which drew its name from a Bible verse that speaks to the power of God’s forgiveness, received support from more than
It was designed to be nonpartisan, but it was timed to lead into the DNC.
"The convention is an incredible platform for our cause," said David Benham, one of the organizers. “One church for the city speaking about the moral condition of our country.”
The gathering was by far the largest spiritual event on a day in which "the City of Churches," lived up to its billing.
"They told us our views on women’s rights are contrary to the Democratic party platform," said David Benham, the lead organizer of the Charlotte714.
He said 56 churches wanted to "Adopt-a-Delegation." They put together gift baskets featuring Carolina Pralines and a letter welcoming them to the city and offering assistance in transportation, childcare or spiritual matters.
"We were just trying to display Southern hospitality," he said. "We wanted them to know we were happy to serve them."
However, DNC officials conveyed to city leaders that the Christians would not be allowed to present their gift baskets.
"They responded back and said no because our views on women," he said. "They would not allow it."
Benham said it is true that all the churches are
"The Democrats have spit in the face of God, they spit in the face of unborn children," Benham said. "They spit in the face of marriage. They are spitting in God’s face. Americans need to rise up and see to it they have their day and are escorted out of power in this country."
We contacted Jim Quick, Chief Marketing Officer at BENHAM Companies, for confirmation of this story, and he told us:
Field says the Host Committee events director and press secretary held a conference call with representatives of
A spokesman for the Office of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Al Killeffer, responded:
"The Mayor's office did not receive any communication on the matter of gift baskets from
In a series of e-mail replies to questions from WCNC-TV, David Benham, a principle organizer of the
"That’s totally been misconstrued," said Cannon, who said he was trying to help the churches get in touch with the host committee. "I don’t know enough about their position on women’s rights. That didn’t stem from me because I wouldn’t have known it." Under Charlotte’s "weak mayor" form of government, Patrick Cannon is elected at large as a member of Charlotte City Council and does not represent the Mayor’s office. "The Mayor’s office didn’t get involved," said Cannon.
Other commentators have suggested that Charlotte714's request was denied because the group's ties to Operation Save America made providing physical access to delegates problematic:
Flip Benham created "wanted" posters of [abortion] providers and was convicted of stalking a Charlotte doctor who provided abortions. There is little wonder why his name would have been left out of the press materials for his sons' religious endeavor, especially as part of their "gift basket" request included asking for physical access to delegates and supporters.
Their father, Flip Benham, has a very high profile in the Charlotte area. I am aware of articles speculating on our connections to Operation Save America. I however cannot speculate on the reasons behind the refusal other than the official response back that our views on women's rights were contrary to the platform. Operation Save America (OSA) was not mentioned when the DNC's denial was passed onto us. [Neither] OSA nor any member of its organization was part of the organizing team for the Charlotte714 assembly in any way.
It is also not true that DNC delegates "booed God"; they instead booed the outcome of a procedural issue when the results of a floor vote were seemingly ignored by the chair. As the
The chair, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, asked whether the changes — which, it should be noted, had the strong support of the President — should be adopted. He listened for the required
Then, disregarding these votes, he announced, in the opinion of the chair, the "Aye"s had the
And so, the "Nay"s booed the procedure, which asked them for their opinion and then ignored it.
They did not boo Jerusalem. They did not boo God.
Last updated: 26 September 2012
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