In the currently Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, a key legislative committee is making a move to have a religious-based reference removed from the oath that witnesses, testifying before the committees of the House, are required to take. According to exclusive information acquired by Fox News, the draft of the legislative bill will have “so help me God” removed.
The draft indicates that any witness appearing before the House Committee on Natural Resources would only be required to recite the portion of the oath stating: “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”
With the new rewritten proposal, the portion stating “so help me God” is shown in all red brackets, which indicates that these words are indeed slated to be removed. Added instead, also in all red brackets, are is the phrase “under penalty of law, which indicates the Democrats propose that these words be added to the oath.
The draft also has removed any hint of gender throughout the document, replacing “his/her” to simply stating “their”, as well as changing any reference to the committee’s “Chairman” to simply being referred to as the committee’s “Chair.”
Republicans in the House did not react in favor of the proposed changes, and in expressing their dismay in the suggestion stated that it only further showed the Democratic Party’s continual leftward shift.
In a statement made to Fox News, by Republican Liz Cheney, representing Wyoming, she commented: “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. They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”
This is not the first attempt by Democrats to strike and remove God from official party documents. After heavy criticism by Republicans for the omission in the first place, the members of the floor of the Democratic National Convention erupted in protest when, in 2012, it was proposed to restore to that very platform references to God and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Democrat’s, however, have remained steadfast against the possible reversal.
The new proposal coincided with the recent swearing in of two Muslim freshmen to Congress, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The timing of the proposal has many speculating that the newest members of Congress may have played a major part in the push to remove references of God from our countries legal documents.
The committee is set to take an official vote on the proposal on Monday, and if passed it will go into effect immediately.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Is this a warning of more to come? Will references to God be entirely removed from our laws eventually?