A Democrat-led House committee threatened to remove “so help you God” from the oath witnesses are required to read swearing they’ll tell the truth. Now they’ve made a surprising decision following an outcry.
According to the Washington Examiner, the House Committee on Natural Resources, which was taken back by Democrats after the Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives, were working on a draft to modify the oath.
The oath has long read: “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?”
The proposal would remove “so help you God” and replace it with “under penalty of law,” which would be placed after the first phrase in the oath.
The plan sparked an outcry.
“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. They really have become the party of Karl Marx,” said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), according to Fox News.
Others expressed their concern on Twitter.
In a surprising move, the committee voted to keep “so help you God” in the oath on Wednesday, according to Fox News.