What’s the logic behind ‘So help me God’?

By Bill Federer

Taking an oath

Why has the tradition in America been for oaths to end with “So help me God”?

The military’s oath of enlistment ended with “So help me God”
The commissioned officers’ oath ended with “So help me God”
President’s oath of office ended with “So help me God”
Congressmen and Senators’ oath ended with “So help me God”
Witnesses in Court swore to tell the truth, “So help me God”
Even an oath proposed by Lincoln for individuals wanting to be U.S. citizens ended with “So help me God”

Lincoln announced his plan, Dec. 8, 1863, to let back into the Union those who had been in the Confederacy, proposing: “Whereas it is now desired by some persons heretofore engaged in said rebellion to resume their allegiance to the United States. … Therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do proclaim, declare, and make known to all persons who have, directly or by implication, participated in the existing rebellion … that a full pardon is hereby granted to them … with restoration of all rights of property … upon the condition that every such person shall take and subscribe an oath … to wit: ‘I, ______, do solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God, that …read more

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