Yahweh non grata in Democrat-controlled U.S. House
Fresh off his widely-panned fried chicken-noshing schtick contrived to mock the U.S. attorney general for declining to attend a pre-prepped political searing in the House of Representatives, Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen has once again cooked up a recipe for national attention and controversy.
This time, though, the seven-term Shelby County Democrat is in the news not for the powerful Trump administration names he’s hankering to grill in committee hearings, but for a higher-power name Cohen and fellow majority-party members want henceforth excluded from formal congressional proceedings.
Upon orders from House Democrat leaders, who seized gavel-handling dominion from Republicans in wake of the 2018 election, the words “So Help Me God” have been removed from the swearing-in oath administered to committee witnesses.
Cohen was quoted in a Saturday New York Times article indicating he’s apparently divined the Divine’s Will, and the Ruler of the Universe no longer wants His name invoked as an attestation of testimonial truth.
Here’s an excerpt from the story headlined, “‘So Help Me God’ No More: Democrats Give House Traditions a Makeover”:
In the House of Representatives, to the winner go the spoils, and Democrats, the new decision makers, control everything, including what legislation gets a vote and the minutiae of procedural choices, such as whether witnesses must utter the traditional plea for divine aid.
Democratic chairmen and chairwomen of several key committees have deemed no such entreaty is necessary.
“I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress,” said Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
What Republicans are doing, he continued, “is using God.”
“And God doesn’t want to be used,” he said.