By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Heads are bowed in prayer inside room 211 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Last night, Democrats put the word 'god' back into their party platform following some strong criticism. For the folks at this daily prayer session though, god and the party never parted ways.
Delegates here are fine tuning the message that you can have deep religious convictions and still vote for a Democrat. It's a puzzle the party has been trying to crack for years.
Christina Forrester is founder and president of the group Christian Democrats of America:
[0:35] “The notion that one party holds a cornerstone on Christianity, that’s breaking and that’s what one of our goals is – to break that stereotype because the reason that we’re Democrats is because we are Christians.”
It’s up to Reverend Derrick Harkins to make sure that people of faith see their values reflected in the party’s platform. He’s the National Director of Faith Outreach for the DNC:
[3:15] “I really believe that people are excited because we’re talking about the ideas that really resonate with people across the spectrum in terms of faith.”
But skeptics like Pastor Robert Parham of Nashville, Tennessee remain unconvinced:
[3:31] “Some faith leaders feel that oftentimes the National Democratic Party on the faith front is all hat and no cattle.”
The trick for Democrats in Charlotte is to bring religion into the public square, but not so much so that it offends people who believe it doesn’t belong there.
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