Republicans rage after Fox News reports Democrats are considering removing the phrase “so help me God” from the oath witnesses take when appearing before The House Committee on Natural Resources.
The minor and sensible rule change proposal would simply remove or make optional the phrase “so help me God,” from the oath recited by witnesses who testify before The House Committee on Natural Resources.
Currently the oath reads:
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, so help you God?
Thus the new version would simply state:
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?
Note: Nobody is proposing that one could not include God in their oath, only that individuals would not be required to do so.
This minor but appropriate change by one congressional committee should not be seen as a controversial news story, but rather a simple bit of bureaucratic fine-tuning. However, leave it to Fox news to manufacture a controversy where none exists.
Yesterday, Fox News reported on the proposed changes, and conservatives were eager to denounce the Democrats. For example, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney declared:
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.
And on Twitter, GOP conservative Christians were eager to denounce the proposed change:
First, the Democrats booed God out of their party. Now they have kicked him out of the oath. It is now utterly impossible for a Christian in good conscience to vote for a Democrat. https://t.co/Mm7YRpGcPi— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) January 29, 2019
Deleting ‘God’ doesn’t make it neutral. It’s a worldview clash. Secularists want their religion of ‘no God’ imposed on all. The religion of atheism, belief everything arose by natural processes, is a religion permeating education, culture, & media. https://t.co/nthSisTZIL
— Ken Ham (@aigkenham) 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
UNBELIEVABLE! So if a Democrat wins in 2020 will they be sworn in on a copy of Harry Potter?
— Lance Wallnau (@lancewallnau) January 30, 2019
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) January 29, 2019
Bottom line: Republicans rage after Democrats consider removing the phrase “so help me God” from the oath witnesses take when appearing before The House Committee on Natural Resources.