"So help you God?"
Should it stay or should it go in oaths?
The House Natural Resources Committee debated it today and here's what they decided: pic.twitter.com/0UbBq4TWCN
The initial proposal, leaked to Fox News, removed the mention of God at the end of the traditional witness oath: “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?”
In a debate before the vote, Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (D-N.J.) argued that it would be “hurtful and harmful” for the committee “to go out of our way to take [the line] out.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) added that even belief in God “is part of our beginning and some of us believe it could lead to our end if we neglect the source of our blessings.”
The vote wasn't unanimous, however, and some like Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) contended that imposition of nominal Christianity made no difference on the quality of witness testimony:
“All of these trappings of religion and God in these oaths certainly have not kept an awful lot of people from lying under oath."