It’s Official, Democrats Have Removed 'So Help Me God' From House Committee Oath
Democrats mission to remove God from the public square is complete
The Democrats have been on a bizarre mission to remove God from the public square since January, and have now removed "so help me God" from the U.S. House of Representatives' oath.
Witnesses must take the oath when testifying before several of the congressional committees, which are under Democratic control.
Neon Nettle reported in January the changes were being slowly implemented as part of a new rules package.
According to the Draft earlier his year, the House Committee on Natural Resources would require witnesses to recite only:
"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?"
In January, even junk "fact-checking" site Snopes also admitted the Democrats tried to take God out of the oath:
(e) Oaths. — The Chairman of the Committee, the Chairmen of the Subcommittees or any Member designated by the Chairman, may administer oaths to any witness before the Committee.
The Chairman or his designee may deliver all witnesses appearing in hearings the following oath before receiving the testimony: ‘Do you solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you, God?'
But Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) argued that the removal of God was a simple "mistake."
His claims were disproven has the Democrats eventually went on to push God out of the oaths, which One America News noted that when Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TX), chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, specifically omitted "so help me God" when swearing witnesses in at a hearing.
When Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) attempted to correct the oath, he was rebuked by Cohen.
Even The New York Times reported that Democrats have made "so help me God" a forgotten and buried tradition in the U.S. House, as Rep. Steve Cohen told the outlet he e finds the phrase inappropriate for Congress.
"I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress," said Cohen.
"And God doesn’t want to be used."
But there has been a push back from Republicans.
Rep. Mike Johnson said that "so help me God" carries significant weight in that it implies someone who bears false witness is subjected to a higher judge.
"The intention behind [‘so help me God’] was to express the idea that the truth of what was being said was important not just in the moment, but would go into eternity, and someone was watching and would ultimately be our judge," said Johnson.
"Some would call that mere symbolism, but to many of our founders, it was deeper than that."