July 18, 2019

USA: Democrats In US Congress Have Removed ‘So Help Me God’ From House Committee Oaths Since They Took Over. Democrats Invited Islamic Imam To Deliver The Noon Prayer In Congress.

The Dailywire
written by Paul Bois
June 5, 2019

The Democrats have continued their mission to root God out of the public square in the name of secularism by removing "so help me God" from the U.S. House of Representatives oath witnesses must take when testifying before several of the congressional committees, all of which are currently under Democratic control.

According to LifeSiteNews, the changes to the oaths have been slowly implemented ever since House Democrats announced the new policy in January, which immediately faced backlash.

"In January, a draft of a rules package from the Natural Resource Committee was leaked to the public showing 'so help me God' marked for deletion, replaced with the phrase 'under penalty of law,'" reports the outlet.

Even Snopes admitted at the time that Democrats indeed had tried to take God out of the oaths. Here's what the original document stated before Democrats retracted it:
(e) Oaths. — The Chairman of the Committee, the Chairmen of the Subcommittees or any Member designated by the Chairman may administer oaths to any witness before the Committee. All witnesses appearing in hearings may be administered the following oath by the Chairman or his designee prior to receiving the testimony: ‘Do you solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?'
Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) claimed the removal of God from the oaths was a simple "mistake." Despite that, the Democrats eventually went on to push God out of the oaths, which One America News pointed out in March when Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TX), chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, specifically omitted "so help me God" when swearing witnesses in at a hearing. When Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) tried to correct the oath, Cohen publicly rebuked him. Take a look:

One America News Network published on Mar 6, 2019: Final Thoughts: Democrats Delete God

Last month, The New York Times reported that Democrats have made "so help me God" a forgotten and buried tradition in the U.S. House, with Rep. Steve Cohen telling the outlet he finds the phrase inappropriate for Congress.

"I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress," said Cohen. "And God doesn’t want to be used."

Republicans have been fighting back. Rep. Mike Johnson argued before his colleagues that "so help me God" carries great weight in that it implies someone who bears false witness is subjected to a higher judge.

"The intention behind [‘so help me God’] was to express the idea that the truth of what was being said was important not just in the moment, but would go into eternity, and someone was watching and would ultimately be our judge," said Johnson. "Some would call that mere symbolism, but to many of our founders, it was deeper than that."

Though Democrats have long fought to remove religion from the public square, starting with the ousting of prayer in schools, the party's brazen hatred for God being involved in politics erupted at the 2012 DNC when delegates voted by a large margin to remove God from the party platform.

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The Federalist
written by Erielle Davidson
May 15, 2019

Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) introduced Texas-based imam Omar Suleiman to deliver the noon prayer in the House of Representatives. The imam had been invited by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX).

But the choice was far from benign. Suleiman has a long history of advocating for the destruction of the state of Israel, home to half of the world’s Jews. In 2014, he posted on Twitter celebrating a possible Third Intifada. For those unfamiliar with the nature of recent intifadas, they generally are marked by a series of terror attacks against Israeli civilians, goaded on by the terrorist group Hamas.

Unsurprisingly, Suleiman has also expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, sharing a video on his Facebook in 2015 that compared Israelis to Nazis. He has also referred to Zionists as “enemies of God.”

Suleiman’s social media activity is not confined to support for the destruction of the Jewish state. Suleiman has also posted at least one image in support of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, an organization Sen. Ted Cruz and others have fought to designate as a terrorist group for its interest in establishing sharia under the auspices of a global caliphate. The Trump administration is in the process of making that terrorist designation. The Muslim Brotherhood has various offshoots throughout the Muslim world, including Hamas, the terrorist group that seeks genocide against the Jews and violently oppresses Palestinian Arabs living in the Gaza Strip.

This is the individual Pelosi decided was appropriate to introduce to deliver the noon prayer. Whether the invitation was the result of a deliberate choice or merely “failed vetting,” Democrats’ continued fraternization with those advocating for the destruction of the world’s only Jewish state speaks volumes about the far left’s capacity to swallow the party.

As Rep. Lee Zeldin (R–NY) pointed out following Suleiman’s prayer, with regards to anti-Semitism, “You should be more sensitive to it, not less sensitive. You’re seeing a desensitizing right now that is hugely dangerous if that takes over more and more of the Democratic Party.”

As I have written several times in the past, criticism of Israeli policy is a healthy exercise; advocating for the eradication of an entire country is not. The recent invocation Suleiman delivered reveals much of the left’s willingness to normalize a radical position, one that favors the destruction of one of our strongest allies.

I will not call anti-Zionism a “political position,” because I don’t believe an ideology that resurrects Nazi imagery should be granted legitimacy. Meanwhile, House Democrats are seeking to do just that.

The Corbynization of much of the American left has occurred with particular alacrity following the induction of freshmen Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D–MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–NY), and Ilhan Omar (D–MN), but it has been given the leeway to foment under Pelosi. The left continues to offer a safe haven for those who spew vitriolic hate towards the Jewish state, all while lecturing Americans about the perils of anti-Semitism. This reeks of the utmost hypocrisy.

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