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Democrats Hope to Remove ‘So Help You God,’ Gender Pronouns from House Oath

House Democrats are seeking to replace the reference to God to “under penalty of law.”

By NTK Staff | 01.30.2019 @9:20am
Democrats Hope to Remove ‘So Help You God,’ Gender Pronouns from House Oath

Democrats on the House Committee on Natural Resources is seeking to make major changes to the oath administered to individuals when they testify at committee hearings. The changes include striking a reference to God and removing all gender-specific pronouns.

According to a draft of the changes, obtained and initially reported by Fox News, Democrats plan to remove the phrase “so help you God” from the oath.

The draft shows that the House Committee on Natural Resources would 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?”

The rules proposal places the words “so help you God” in red brackets, indicating they are slated to be cut. The words “under penalty of law” are in red text, indicating that Democrats propose to add that phrasing to the oath.

The committee is also planning to remove all gender pronouns, instead replacing them with the numerically incorrect “their.”

The draft rules also remove the phrase “his or her” throughout the document, changing those two pronouns to “their.” The rules additionally modify all references to the committee’s “Chairman” to instead refer only to the committee’s “Chair.”

According to Fox, the committee will vote on the rule changes this week, and should they pass, the rules will be adopted immediately.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the third most powerful Republican in the House, blasted the decision. “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,” she said, according to Fox News. “They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”

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