In what many conservatives will no doubt view as Democrats’ latest attack on traditional American values and culture, House Democrats are pushing to remove the phrase “so help you God” as well all gender-specific language from witness oaths.
AÂ current draftÂ of the proposed House Committee on Natural Resources rules package takes out all gender-specific pronouns and replaces them with “their,” while substituing committee “chairman” for “Chair.”
In addition, the new rules package includes a proposal that any witnesses who are called to testify before a committee be given an oath that does not include any reference to faith or God, adding instead the phrase “under penalty of law.”
â€œDo 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?â€ the proposed oath reads, according to the draftÂ obtained by Fox NewsÂ Tuesday.
Republicans criticized the proposals and especially the removal of faith-based language as the newest signs that the party of the donkey was shifting more towards Marxism.
â€œIt 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,â€Â House Republican Conference Chairwoman LizÂ Cheney of Wyoming told Fox News.
â€œThey really have become the party of Karl Marx,” she added.
It should be noted that the proposal to remove references to the Christian God comes only two months after Democrats proposes removing a 181-year-old restriction on the wearing of religious headgear on the floor of the House, as a means of accommodating new Muslim women members.
As for dropping the gender-specific language, a 2016 study found that only about 1 million Americans identify as the opposite sex.
The House Committee on Natural Resources is scheduled to vote on the new proposales in the coming week. If they are adopted, they will be immediately implemented.
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