Months after backpedaling from the controversial proposal, House Democrats are moving forward with a plan to remove “so help me God” from the oath witnesses take before testifying before Congressional committees.
According to Life Site News:
“I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TX), chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, explained, the New York Times reported last month. He claimed that Republicans’ support for the longstanding language constituted “using God,” and “God doesn’t want to be used.”
I’m certain Steve Cohen knows ALL about what God “wants.”
“We do not have religious tests,” declared Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chair of the Judiciary Committee.
Now THAT is rich. Tell that to the Democrats who grill Christian judges on their religious beliefs before approving their nominations, Jerry.
The House will also take on some lesser changes, like “replacing “chairman” and “chairwoman” with the gender-neutral title of “chair,” and the Natural Resources Committee replacing plastic water bottles with reusable glassware.”
Some Republican Representatives have expressed their deep concerns with the change:
“I am a sinner, I make mistakes every single day, but I do think that we could use a little more of God, not less,” Rep. Garret Graves, a Louisiana Republican, told his colleagues on the Natural Resources Committee in response to dropping God.
“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,” Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) argued. “Some would call that mere symbolism, but to many of our founders, it was deeper than that.”
It stands to note that God does not infer a religion or denomination. “God” in this sense can mean whatever each individual wants it to mean, whether it be spiritual, symbolic, or nothing at all.
Even some Democrats have indicated this is not the right move:
In January, a draft of a rules package from the Natural Resource Committee was leaked to the public showing “so help me God” marked for deletion, replaced with the phrase “under penalty of law.” At the time, Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) claimed the proposed cut was simply a “mistake.”
But as we know, the Democrat Party has been moving in this direction for quite some time:
The controversy echoes a scandal from the 2012 Democrat National Convention, during which delegates voted to remove references to God from the party platform. The convention quickly reversed itself after video of the voice vote went viral.