Democrats are pushing to eliminate a reference to God from the oath witnesses take in front of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fox News reported.
Witnesses would be asked this question before testifying:
"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?"
The proposed change replaces the traditional phrase "so help you God" with the words "under penalty of law," according to Fox News.
A copy of proposed changes for the committee, posted by the news network, also shows that Democrats are seeking to make proceedings gender neutral by removing the phrase "his or her" from panel rules and instead uses the word "their."
The changes also would eliminate the word "chairman" and instead refers to the committee’s "chair."
"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," House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., told Fox News. "They really have become the party of Karl Marx."
The Daily Caller reports the committee is expected to vote on the changes soon.
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