Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) isn’t letting a Democratic representative off easy amid his call that the “so help me God” part of the congressional oath should be removed.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) said during the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” event that he finds it “preposterous” that witnesses testifying before a committee have to recite the phrase.
Calling it a “sporadic standard,” Huffman — who is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee — made note that “some committees have dropped the oath, others have not.”
The Democratic representative went on to blast Cheney as going “ballistic” over the attempted change to the oath at the beginning of the year.
“It’s unconstitutional to require a witness in congressional testimony to affirm an oath to a deity they may not even believe in, or to affirm an oath to a singular deity when you might be a polytheistic Hindu, for example,” the Democratic representative said. “It’s just preposterous.”
“If we were to have a hearing on climate change, for example, and we wanted to call one of the foremost physicists, let’s say Neil Degrasse Tyson. He’s an atheist. Do we force him to affirm an oath to a God he doesn’t believe in? It really, frankly, strains credulity that in this day and age Congress would have something like that, and yet some of the politics persist.”
However, Cheney is declaring that she won’t be backing down from her support in keeping “so help me God” in the oath.
“Liz Cheney will always defend God. Period,” Cheney’s spokesperson told Fox News. “If that bothers Rep. Huffman, we’ll be praying for him.”
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Cheney at the time blasted the move while claiming the Democratic Party as becoming “the party of Karl Marx.”