GOP Lawmaker Prays To Jesus For Forgiveness Before Swearing In Muslim Colleague

GOP Lawmaker Prays To Jesus For Forgiveness Before Swearing In Muslim Colleague March 28, 2019

Republican Rep. Stephanie Borowicz is being denounced after delivering an offensive and disrespectful prayer immediately before the first Muslim woman was sworn into the Pennsylvania State House.

Borowicz delivered the opening prayer for the Pennsylvania State House earlier this week, on the same day that the state’s first Muslim legislator, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, was officially sworn into office.

The prayer was an offensive exercise in intolerance and religious bigotry. In her prayer Borowicz invoked the name of Christ 13 times while asking Jesus to “forgive us,” and concluded by declaring:

every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that you are Lord…

Transcript:

… Thank you speaker. Let us pray. Jesus, I thank you for this privilege, Lord, of letting me pray, God, that I, Jesus, am your ambassador here today, standing here representing you, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the great I Am. The one who’s coming back again. The one who came, died, and rose again on the third day.

And I’m so privileged to stand here today. So thank you for this honor, Jesus. God, for those that came before us like George Washington at Valley Forge and Abraham Lincoln who sought after you in Gettysburg, Jesus, and the Founding Fathers in Independence Hall, Jesus, that sought after you and fasted and prayed for this nation to be founded on Your principles in Your words and Your truth.

God, forgive us. Jesus, we’ve lost sight of you. We’ve forgotten you, God, in our country. And we’re asking you to forgive us, Jesus, that Your promise and Your words says that if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways, that You’ll heal our land.

Jesus, You are our only hope.

God, I pray for our leaders. Speaker Turzai. Leader Cutler. Governor Wolf. President Trump — Lord, thank you, that he stands beside Israel unequivocally, Lord. Thank you that, Jesus, that we’re blessed because we stand by Israel, and we asked for the peace of Jerusalem as your word says, God.

We ask that we not be overcome by evil, and that we overcome evil with good in this land once again. I claim all these things in the powerful mighty name of Jesus, the one who, at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that you are Lord, in Jesus‘ name, amen.

Adding insult to injury,  Rep. Johnson-Harrell had many Muslim friends, supporters, and family members in the gallery, who were forced to listen to the obnoxious Christian rant.

Rep. Johnson-Harrell shared her reaction to the prayer via Twitter:

I came to the @PaHouse to make friends on both sides of the aisle because we need to work together for EVERYONE across the commonwealth. After hearing the prayer given the day I took the oath of office, it’s clear that my presence is needed now more than ever #PeopleFirst

Speaking with reporters Rep. Johnson-Harrell said:

That prayer, in the beginning, is meant to be inclusive, and to bring everyone together. We as Republicans and Democrats can find many, many things to fight about. Prayer should not be one of them. I thought that was political but I also thought it was a political statement when she talked about…how if people are not Christian, that they’re condemned.

So to use my religion against me and then to storm off the floor, number one was very, very immature and number two, very very disrespectful.

In addition, Rep. Johnson-Harrell told reporters:

I thought that for the most part, the entire invocation was offensive. But to use Jesus as a weapon is not OK.

In fact, many were disgusted by the prayer. For example, Democratic Rep. Kevin J. Boyle tweeted a video of Borowicz’s prayer, noting:

I walked off the House floor in protest during today’s prayer led by a GOP member. This fire and brimstone Evangelical prayer was before the swearing in of the PA House’s first ever Muslim woman. It epitomizes religious intolerance. Below is the video.

Indeed, many House members spoke out. Democratic Rep. Jordan Harris tweeted:

Prayer should never be weaponized, especially on a celebratory day for @RepMovita as she’s sworn in as the 1st Muslim woman to serve in the #PAHouse. This prayer was deeply disrespectful and meant to intimidate Movita & her family. We won’t stay silent on what matters.

When asked if she would apologize for her “weaponized prayer” Borowicz said:

Oh no, I don’t apologize ever for praying.

Bottom line: Republican lawmaker Stephanie Borowicz is being denounced after delivering a weaponized prayer claiming “every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that you are Lord,” immediately before the state’s first Muslim legislator, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, was officially sworn into office.

GOP Lawmaker Prays To Jesus For Forgiveness Before Swearing In Muslim Colleague (Image via Screen Grab)
GOP Lawmaker Prays To Jesus For Forgiveness Before Swearing In Muslim Colleague (Image via Screen Grab)
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