NEW YORK (AP) Sidelight on the political conventions: God is mentioned in the recently approved Republican Party platform four times, compared with seven mentions in the Boston platform of the Democrats.
Echoing a statement of President Bush, the Republican document says freedom is ''the Almighty's gift to every man, woman and child in the world'' and says leaders of faith-based groups treat people as ''moral individuals created in the image of God.''
The other two Republican mentions criticize federal judges for banning ''under God'' in the Pledge of Allegiance and quote from a Bush eulogy: ''May God bless Ronald Reagan.''
As for the Democrats, they twice speak of America as ''one nation, under God.'' They say America offers ''all the possibilities your hard work and God-given talent can bring.'' On the environment, the platform twice describes nature's bounty as a gift from God and later says it should be protected as a heritage for ''God's children.''
Yet another Democratic plank says ''each of us should be as equal in the eyes of the law as we are in the eyes of God.''
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