Look at the following question that is part of the draft for new rules for witnesses instituted by the Democratic-controlled House Committee on Natural Resources and see if you can guess what’s missing: ““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?”
You guessed it: the Democrats eliminated “under God.”
The draft of the new rules for the committee, which will be voted on this week, also shows the phrase "under penalty of law" in red text, indicating that Democrats propose to add that phrasing to the oath. The full proposed passage reads:
The Chair of the Committee, the Chair of the Subcommittees or any Member designated by the Chair may administer oaths to any witness before the Committee. All witnesses appearing in hearings may be administered the following oath by the Chair or his designee prior to receiving the testimony: “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?”
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) ripped the Democrats for removing God, snapping, “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.”
In addition to eliding God from the process of testifying, the Democrats also eliminated the phrase "his or her" throughout the document, instead using "their." "Chairman" was changed to "Chair."
As Fox News notes, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Democrats were slammed by Republicans for initially removing a reference to God along with recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from the party’s platform. When Democrats attempted to reverse themselves and put both items back on the party’s platform, many of the delegates booed the effort, shouting “no” when convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa called for the vote. It took Villaraigosa three times to determine what the vote would be; he finally declared over loud opposition that the vote to reinstate the phrases had been passed.
The desire to eliminate God from a process controlled by Democrats should not be surprising; in recent days some Democrat governors have heartily endorsed efforts to support abortion up until the moment of birth, a position wildly out of line with traditional Judeo-Christian values; the Democrats have subjected judicial nominees to scrutiny for associating with organizations devoted to the Catholic faith, and they have targeted senators who have criticized the Democrats for their attacks on religious freedom.
Even before that, in 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama mocked people of faith, remarking of a swath of Americans, “It's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”