It was only a few years ago that the Democratic Party sustained a hugely embarrassing moment at a national convention when members angrily voiced opposition to a reference to God in the party platform.
Delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012 booed, jeered and shook their fists as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared, after calling for a voice vote three times, that a mention of God had been restored to the platform.
Now, the party has proposed rules for the new Congress that eliminate the phrase “so help you God” from the oath witnesses take when they testify before the House.
Fox News reported it’s among the changes being made by Democrats since taking over the majority.
The report said a draft of the changes shows witnesses would be asked, “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 words “so help you God” are in the proposal, but in red and bracketed, meaning they are to be dropped. The words “under penalty of law” are in red, indicating that Democrats propose to add that phrasing to the oath, the report said.
“The draft rules also remove the phrase ‘his or her’ throughout the document, changing those two pronouns to ‘their.’ The rules additionally modify all references to the committee’s ‘Chairman’ to instead refer only to the committee’s ‘Chair,'” the report said.
At the 1992 convention, delegates were called to vote three times before Villaraigosa claimed the ayes made up two-thirds of the vote.
He claimed that in his opinion, two-thirds of the voters said “aye,” apparently without considering the volume of the voice vote.
Shaking fists and jeers erupted before he could finish speaking.
The platform of the party drew nationwide astonishment just a day earlier when it removed a reference to God and a declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
The amendment, proposed by former Gov. Ted Strickland, chairman of the platform committee, restored the notation that Americans were encouraged to reach their “God-given potential.”
It also recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
A vote on the new changes is expected this week.
A prominent Republican pointed out the apparent inspiration for the latest move.
“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.”
WND Founder Joseph Farah wrote in 2012 that Democrats “have a problem with God.”
“It’s about their own war with God,” he said.
Similar confrontations have developed since the 2012 convention.
Just this week, members of the board of trustees for Santa Barbara City College frantically changed their plans to restore the Pledge of Allegiance in their meetings after having taken it out.
Board chairman Robert Miller had claimed, before facing intense criticism, that the pledge had “history steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.”
Only two years ago, the New York Post described the Democrats’ “God problem.”
A Democratic strategist, Brad Chism, said in the report Democrats “simply do not understand more than half of the people in this country.”
“You look at women’s suffrage, civil rights, the abolition of slavery and all of these massive other changes — religion and religious people have played a role in moving society toward a higher plane,” he said in the report.
“We’ve seen that recently as well, but a lot of progressives and liberal Democrats don’t see the role of religion in society, and that is a big mistake.”