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Democrats Are Indeed Removing ‘So Help Me God’ From House Committee Oaths

Several months after claiming it was a mistake, multiple outlets have reported that Democrats have indeed removed the phrase “so help me God” from the oath administered to witnesses testifying before congressional committees.

The New York Times celebrated the omission, noting that Democrat victory in the 2018 midterms means “to the winner go the spoils” and as such, they “have deemed no such entreaty [a reference to God] is necessary.”

According to the Daily Wire, the changes to the oath have been slowly implemented over the last several months, in spite of the fact that lawmakers backpedaled when the idea was first broached.

Does God Belong in Congress?

Rep. Steve Cohen told the Times that God doesn’t belong in Congress, even when it comes to alluding to a higher power in an effort to encourage witnesses to be truthful.

“I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress,” Cohen (D-KFC) said.

He accused Republicans of “using God” in wanting to keep the four-word phrase in the oath, “and God doesn’t want to be used.”

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), attending a hearing for the House Natural Resources Committee, said: “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.”

Dems Previously Claimed It Would Be a Mistake to Remove God

In January, when reports surfaced that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives was attempting to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the oath, liberal lawmakers backtracked in the face of a public outcry.

Democratic Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva said “it was a mistake” to propose eliminating God from the House.

Is it? Is it really a mistake? Or is it a theme at this point?

The Democratic National Convention in 2012 famously conducted a voice vote to restore a reference to God to their party platform, a notion that a large and loud group of delegates continually objected to.

Graves is right – we could use a little more God.

Especially a Democrat party that currently endroses a belief that babies should be aborted up to or even after birth.

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) explains the importance of the oath:

“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. Some would call that mere symbolism, but to many of our founders, it was deeper than that.”

To many Americans, even to this day, it runs deeper than that. If we no longer hold witnesses accountable to God, they will no doubt dismiss the idea that they should be held accountable to laws or decency to their fellow man.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Swearing an oath violates Scripture.
    Matthew 5:37 New King James Version (NKJV)
    37 But let [a]your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

  • So they removed "so help me god?" Okay, just for them, how about, "So help me Satan"? Yes, that's more in line with their corrupt evil ways. Now, don't forget to make a sacrafice to Satan. Oh, I forget, they already are doing that; it's called "Late Term Abortion and Child born and breathing on its own."

  • She puts ashes on her forehead on Ash Wednesday. to "style" herself as one, though. Most of her "charity" with taxpayer money is justified with her religiosity. Theft by taxes is okay as long as you slice off a sliver for charity.

    I tithed at my church for decades, but quit. They create more givers. I am not much of a giver, now, but my X gave money for grants to education of RNs. My big complaint about Obamacare was it raised prices instead of funding more health care givers, test machines, and treatment facilities to lower costs.

  • Two days ago I was in a jury pool where they forgot to give us the Voir Dire Oath until after we took our testimony. THEN the Judge remembered after some had been dismissed. He had us take the oath without G_D, then. If the defense attorney accepted that, she is not worth her salt. If I had not told the truth as I usually do, I would have refused to take it. I wait until the rest of the jurors said, "I do" and then said loudly, "I so affirm."

    They made an issue of "beyond a reasonable doubt," but not one of them quoted Blackstone's ratio, "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

    I told had them I had to have two or three witnesses. The prosecutor claimed a domestic violence case happened private without witnesses as if it makes a difference on guilt or innocence. I was 25 in a pool of 30, so it was unlikely I'd be chosen. My responses would not have been different.

    They wanted to know if we had experience. My X was hitting me while I was driving. I was going off the road in the wrong lane. I swung my arm to defend myself. I backhanded her into temporary unconsciousness, but I got the van under control. I forgot to mention it.

    I suspect the guy said some self incriminating statements when they provoked him, given some police practices I have observed. Guilty? Perhaps. They had seven charges against him. When they have a weak case, they throw everything against them hoping something will stick.

  • I said, after the other jurors responded, "I so affirm." I told a judge I required 2 or 3 witnesses in a domestic violence case in the voir dire. He and the prosecutor did not like it. I was juror #25 out of 30. I suspect I would not have been impaneled even if I were #1.

  • Did Rep. Steve Cohen tell God that He doesn’t belong in Congress? Ignoring God won't make Him go away.

  • What are you thinking? Every politician who has screwed over the public for their own gains took that stupid oath. It didn't stop them from doing it one little bit. The oath has no teeth and clearly your god doesn't have teeth either. They all got away with it. The oath is only binding on those who wouldn't do anything bad to begin with.

  • I'm not the one spouting wild conspiracy theories. I'll bet you have one of those big corkboards up with all sorts of articles, pictures and notes strung together with different colors of yarn so you can connect them all together as working for the Illuminati.

  • Sure. I'll keep that in mind kid.

    BTW, the semi colon isn't a replacement for the apostrophe. They are next to each other on the keyboard so that may be a typo. There's no excuse for sloppy posting. Take a moment to proofread your messages please.

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