February 07, 2019
They kicked God out of their platform, so is it really a surprise that Democrats are trying to boot Him from our oaths? In one of their first acts as the majority party, one House committee talked about striking the words "so help me God" from the swearing-in process. The blowback they received caused them to publicly step back, -- but that doesn't mean they gave up.
Yesterday morning, during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, new Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) "forgot" to include the traditional oath in his witness oath. "We welcome all of our distinguished witnesses and thank them for participating in today's hearing," he said to the group. Please rise, and I will begin by swearing you in. Raise your right hands. Do you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the testimony you're about to give is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, information and belief? Thank you. Let the record show the witnesses answered in the affirmative."
Fortunately, our good friend Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) noticed the omission and asked to be recognized immediately. "Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman," interrupted Johnson (R-La.). "Point of parliamentary inquiry." Nadler seemed confused and asked who was speaking. Johnson identified himself and said, "We had a conversation on the floor last week, and I just noted you left out 'So help me God.'" "Sorry," Nadler said. "Do you want me to repeat the whole -- I will repeat--" he asked. "I would love that. Thank you," Johnson responded.
To his credit, Nadler corrected himself, asking the witnesses to stand again. They took their oath a second time, ending in "so help me God." Thank goodness for men and women in Congress, who refuse to stand by and let extremists scrub God from our most important traditions. If you, like us, are outraged by the Democrats' blatant efforts to ignore America's Judeo-Christian heritage, join us in calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to resist the urge to ignore -- or attack -- our nation's spiritual traditions. Click here to sign the petition!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.