Democrats Plan to Remove the Phrase ‘So Help You God’ From Oath for House Committee

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House Democrats are looking to strike the phrase “so help you God” from the oath taken in a committee, prompting one prominent Republican to label them “the party of Karl Marx.”

draft of the proposed rules for the House Committee on Natural Resources that was recently made public showed certain changes for the rules in red and items to be deleted put in brackets.

For the oath witnesses are supposed to take, the proposed rules remove the phrase “so help you God” while adding the phrase “under penalty of law.”

The proposed rules also add gender inclusive edits, changing “chairman” to “chair” and on multiple occasions replacing “his or her” with “their.”

Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wisconsin, a Republican who is part of the Committee, denounced the proposed rules in an interview with Fox News.

“They really have become the party of Karl Marx,” said Cheney. “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.”

Headed by Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the Committee on Natural Resources seeks to help preserve the environment and defend the rights of indigenous populations.

Many federal oaths include the phrase “so help me God.” For example, the oath for United States Senators concludes with the phrase.

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Source: Christian Post