Tuesday, February 26, 2019

House Committee Moves To Strike God From Oath

                Now that Democrats control the House of Representatives, they have moved to eliminate reference to God from the oath administered to witnesses testifying before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fox News reports. Instead of asking witnesses: “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you, God,” amended draft rules would have them asked, “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?” Not only is the new oath 58% longer, I swear it just doesn’t flow as well or have the same impact. So help me.

Other potential changes in the new rules package, slated to be voted on this week, would include changing the phrase “his or her” (throughout the document) to “their,” the word “Chairman” to “Chair,” and expanding the committee’s authority over natural gas in Alaska and over fossil-fuel resources in general. Naturally. The rule changes are expected to pass—and would take effect immediately if adopted.

Modern-day Democrats have a tenuous relationship with God, indeed many are seemingly embarrassed by any acknowledgment of a supreme being at all. This first became clear at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. There was no reference to God in the original Democratic Party platform. Republicans mocked the omission and the Democratic powers-that-were decided to conduct an oral floor-vote of delegates to determine if God should make the cut. The convention chairman called for a vote…and then another…and then a third… before declaring that the “ayes” had it and God passed muster, despite the fact that “no” was the loudest response heard on each occasion. When the decision was announced, “boos” resounded throughout Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
More recently, the aptly-named Kirsten Sinema refused to place her hand on a Bible at her swearing-in ceremony. According to the Pew Research Center for Religion and Public Life, the Arizonan is the only member of the Senate who does not identify as a member of a religion.

When one believes oneself to be flawless, God becomes at best unnecessary-- at worst, a usurper of adulation rightfully directed at you. Ergo, those who disagree with you become evil. 

And they think Trump is arrogant and unholy.  

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