House Cmte Rejects Dem Proposal to Remove ‘So Help You God’ From Witness Oaths — It Was a ‘Mistake’

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The House Committee on Natural Resources voted on Wednesday to reject a controversial proposal that would have removed the phrase “so help you God” from witness oaths before the committee.

The proposal, which caught a flurry of media attention, was a “mistake,” according to Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

As IJR previously noted, Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) derided Democrats in light of the new proposal.

“It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority,” she said. “They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”

Others blasted the proposal on Twitter:

As Fox News noted, the proposal also suggested removing the pronouns “his” and “her” and attempted to make the “chairman” title gender-neutral by changing it to “chair.”

It’s unclear what Grijalva meant when he called it a “mistake.”

The Democratic Party received pointed criticism in 2016 when, during its convention that year, some delegates pushed to remove references to God in the platform.

President Donald Trump has made a substantial push to include God in his rhetoric, saying things like Americans “don’t worship government, we worship God.” His administration also set up a religious liberty task force last year, reportedly proposed defining sex according to biological traits, and exempted religious organizations from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.

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KhyberRifle
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The House Committee on Natural Resources (WTF?!): Thus Spoke Zarathushtra

Judy Smith
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Even if nothing is changed, we know what these ungodly idiots are thinking. They are not finished. Just give them a bit of time and something else that goes against Christian beliefs will appear. People——listen to these people in our nation’s legislature—the radical left—–little by little they are working very hard to steer the country to socialism. Pay attention to what’s going on all around the nation. It just isn’t in DC—–look all around the nation. Pay attention !!!!!!!!!

Joyce Malle
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They realize that if they show their true colors it will hurt them in 2020. Don’t forget this

WellHungChad
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As a member of “The Reformed Al Dente Church of the Pastafarians” (not to be confused with, “The Pastafarians”, from whom we broke over whether the Prophet’s [peacoe be upon Him] descendants, or a devout believer, can lead our faith). The oath,”I swear to tell the truth, so help me, Half Baked Spaghetti Monster”, just doesn’t have the ring to it that , ” I swear to tell the truth, so help me, God”, has.

KhyberRifle
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No, but in a boundary-less world full of avowals and expletives it’ll do as well as any other. As for faith that’s just a cloak lain over the mud of life for those too cowardly to be a real pagan or a minion in a culto de Barry. Don’t be a such a party pooper as we legislative leaders do our jobs and level the religious playing field and expose the frailty and impermanence of the values that operate behind the scenes of an oath. Values? we don’t need no stinkin . . .True North? no such thing.

Phoenix
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Isn’t this just to make reference to God optional? Why is this such a big deal? It wouldn’t make any sense to have someone swear to God if they don’t believe in God.

Judy Smith
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Phoenix, you need some lessons in common sense. You also need some lessons that God truly does exist–whether you believe in Him or not. Continue to disregard Him and you will go straight to hell.

Phoenix
Member

Ok, and as I’m sure you would agree, where i go after death would be between God and myself. I appreciate your concern.

It still doesn’t explain why it would be included in oaths to Congress.

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