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.).
JUST IN: The House Natural Resources Committee votes to keep "so help you God" in oath before testifying to committee, after a draft would have eliminated it. Chairman @RepRaulGrijalva says draft was a "mistake." pic.twitter.com/4TeemMuqP0
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) January 30, 2019
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:
— Wayne Dupree ? (@WayneDupreeShow) January 30, 2019
There’s no war on Christianity. Honest. https://t.co/JazOBnSU7j
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 30, 2019
This is ridiculous. I serve on this committee and will do everything in my power to restore the references to God in our swearing in oaths. https://t.co/dYpiaKqMnR
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) January 30, 2019
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.