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New Jersey Removes “So Help Me God” Oath Requirement for Political Candidates

State Responds to Lawsuit, Allows Solemn Affirmation or Declaration Instead

Written & Drafted By Shafeek Ahmad, Published On 15-November-2023, 08:50 PM EST.

New Jersey has decided to eliminate the mandatory inclusion of the phrase “so help me God” in the oath required for political candidates filing paperwork for their candidacy. This change comes in response to a federal lawsuit filed by James Tosone, a 70-year-old Libertarian from Bergen County, challenging the religious requirement imposed on individuals seeking public office.

Background

The controversy arose when Tosone, intending to run for Congress, objected to the religious oath, citing a violation of his conscience. In the lawsuit against Secretary of State Tahesha Way, Tosone argued that the obligation to swear to God without a secular alternative inflicted irreparable harm upon him.

State’s Response

In a memo dated October 24, Lauren Zyriek, the acting director of the state’s Division of Elections, informed all county clerks of the change in policy. Candidates now have the option to make a solemn affirmation or declaration instead of taking the traditional oath. The memo explicitly states that the words “so help me God” should be omitted from the affirmation or declaration.

Resolution of Lawsuit

As a result of this policy shift, James Tosone withdrew his lawsuit earlier this week. The state’s willingness to accommodate a secular option for candidates seeking public office has resolved the legal dispute.

New Jersey’s decision to remove the “so help me God” requirement demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity and respect for diverse beliefs in the political arena. By offering candidates the choice of a solemn affirmation or declaration, the state ensures that individuals with different religious or non-religious perspectives can participate in the democratic process without compromising their convictions.

Source: Fox News


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About the authorShafeek Ahmad is a freelance writer passionate about business and entrepreneurship. He covers a wide range of topics related to the corporate world and startups. You can find more of his work on Howtobeaspoonie.com.

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    Meet Shafeek Ahmad, a dedicated news writer at HTBS News, with a passion for unearthing stories that matter. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering accurate and engaging news, Shafeek is a trusted source of information. Bringing years of experience to the table, Shafeek's writing is a blend of expertise and storytelling. In an era of fast-paced news cycles, Shafeek's articles stand out for their precision and commitment to journalistic integrity.

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Shafeek Ahmadhttps://howtobeaspoonie.com
Meet Shafeek Ahmad, a dedicated news writer at HTBS News, with a passion for unearthing stories that matter. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering accurate and engaging news, Shafeek is a trusted source of information. Bringing years of experience to the table, Shafeek's writing is a blend of expertise and storytelling. In an era of fast-paced news cycles, Shafeek's articles stand out for their precision and commitment to journalistic integrity.
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