On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources voted against a Democrat-lead measure which would have removed the phrase “so help you God” from a witness oath, with Democrat Paul Grijalva calling the attempt a “mistake.”
Republican lawmaker Liz Cheney said “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,” adding, “They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”
JUST IN: The House Natural Resources Committee votes to keep “so help you God” in oath before testifying to committee, after a draft would have eliminated it. Chairman @RepRaulGrijalva says draft was a “mistake.” pic.twitter.com/4TeemMuqP0
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) January 30, 2019
Additionally, Democrats also attempted to remove gender-specific pronouns such as “he” and “she” from political language, drawing further condemnation from their Republican counterparts.
Per FoxNews, the proposal also suggested removing the pronouns “his” and “her” and attempted to make the “chairman” title gender-neutral by changing it to “chair.”
It’s unclear what Grijalva meant when he called it a “mistake.”
The Democratic Party received pointed criticism in 2016 when, during its convention that year, some delegates pushed to remove references to God in the platform.
President Donald Trump has made a substantial push to include God in his rhetoric, saying things like Americans “don’t worship government, we worship God.” His administration also set up a religious liberty task force last year, reportedly proposed defining sex according to biological traits, and exempted religious organizations from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.