U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman’s appearance on FFRF’s “Freethought Matters” TV show on Sept. 1 caused a bit of a media fuss. He said that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney had gone “ballistic” on Fox News in reference to a decision by the House to drop the “under God” portion of the witness oaths.
Several conservative news outlets praised Cheney and lambasted Huffman.
“Unfortunately, it’s been kind of a sporadic standard,” said Huffman, who is a co-founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. “Some committees have dropped the oath, others have not. I sit on the Natural Resources
Committee and in our original proposed rules for the committee, we proposed that we drop the oath or we allow witnesses to simply say it voluntarily if they chose to, which to me makes perfect sense. And wouldn’t you know it, Liz Cheney just went ballistic. She smelled blood in the water, went on Fox News and started ranting about how Democrats were dropping God from the Congress.
“And at our next meeting, the Republicans, one by one, made these pronouncements about how we shouldn’t be against God . . . and, unfortunately, my Democratic colleagues backed down.”
A Cheney spokesperson on CBN News then responded to Huffman’s statement, saying, “Liz Cheney will always defend God. Period. If that bothers Rep. Huffman, we’ll be praying for him.”