Democratic Congresswoman Leaves Out ‘So Help Me God’ While Administering Oath to Witnesses During House Hearing on Family Separation Policy

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., speaks during a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo)

A Democratic congresswoman from Colorado chose to omit “God” when administering the oath to witnesses during a hearing on the Trump administration’s family separation policy.


Rep. Diana DeGette, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, asked witnesses on Thursday to raise their right hands to be sworn in. She left out “so help you God” when she asked, “Do you swear that the testimony that you’re about to give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” as reported by cnsnews.com.

Immediately after, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., pointed out, “Madam Chairman, I believe the oath was incorrect and incomplete.”

DeGette responded, “This is the … oath we use and this is the oath we’re going to use today.”

The omission comes a week after another Democrat-controlled committee — the House Committee on Natural Resources — was considering a proposal to remove the phrase “so help you God” from its oath.

The committee chose not to adopt the change, with chairman Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying the proposal was a mistake. Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-N.J., said it would be “hurtful and harmful to go out of our way to take it out.”

“I do think that we could use a little bit more of God, not less,” said Rep. Garrett Graves, R-La. “I get concerned about the thought that we’re not making an oath to something that’s higher, something that’s bigger, something that is above us.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Sheryl Lynn