Earlier in the year, the Democratic-led House removed God from the oath taken by witnesses or anyone who testifies in a courtroom. Democrats are the only one to press this issue, and the subject came up again this week. Representative Jared Huffman, a Democrat from California, went on a program Sunday, “Freethought Matters.”
He voiced his opinion on why God should be taken out of the oath, “So help me, God.” It caused an uproar nationwide from those who do believe in God, and it is our freedom to believe or not.
Democrats have worked on taking “God” out of everything from schools, courtrooms, all public places. The darker side of Democrats even tries to take God out of Churches by adding violence and hate in His place. Huffman stated on the show Sunday, “Well, unfortunately, it’s been kind of a sporadic standard. Some committees have dropped the oath, others have not. I sit on the Natural Resources Committee and in our original proposed rules for the committee, we proposed that we drop the oath or we allow witnesses to simply say it voluntarily if they chose to, which to me makes perfect sense.”
Those who preside over the panels have the choice on whether or not to use “God” in the oath. In February, Representative Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, called out the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who is also a Democrat, for not using “so help me, God” in the oath. Nadler apologized and restated the oath with the phrase included.
In March, a Democrat took the stand, Representative Steve Cohen from Tennessee was not given the option, and Johnson again rebuked the Chairman, to which the Chairman replied, “We do not have religious test.” Old Jerry Nadler changed his tune quick when it was a Democrat taking the stand.
Huffman continued with the interview and bashed Republicans, especially, Liz Cheney, He stated, “And wouldn’t you know it, Liz Cheney just went ballistic… And unfortunately my Democratic colleagues backed down, and so we now nominally still have that same oath. But you’re right. It’s unconstitutional to require a witness in congressional testimony to affirm an oath to a deity they may not even believe in or to affirm an oath to a singular deity when you might be a polytheistic Hindu, for example. It’s just preposterous.” He continued, “If we were to have a hearing on climate change, for example, and we wanted to call one of the foremost physicists, let’s say, Neil Degrasse Tyson. He’s an atheist. Do we force him to affirm an oath to a God he doesn’t believe in? It really, frankly, strains credulity that in this day and age, Congress would have something like that, and yet some of the politics persist.”
A spokesperson for Liz Cheney told Fox News Reporters, “Liz Cheney will always defend God. Period. If that bothers Rep. Huffman, we’ll be praying for him.”
A draft was given to Fox News to review how the oath is read by the House Committee on Natural Resources. It states to “ask 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 red brackets is placed, “so help you, God.” “Under the penalty of law” is in red text, which is what Democrats are looking to replace, “so help you, God.”
Republican leaders stated it was “part of a leftward shift by the Democratic Party.” With the massive backlash from Republicans and those who believed in God and were not afraid to admit it, the committee voted to leave “so help you, God” in the oath. The video was posted to social media and went viral.
There were other changes which took place which was allowed for Democrats to claim somewhat of a victory. In the draft, all phrases about “his or her” were removed throughout the document and was replaced by “their.” The other change was the word “chairman,” which was changed to the committee’s “chair.”
Our country was founded on the belief in God by our forefathers. Yes, everyone has their right to believe, but those who do not believe have no right to remove God from every aspect of our lives. This was one of the goals of communism, and it is also a step in the direction of the “One World Government.”