In an absolutely insane story coming out Pennsylvania, a Muslim state lawmaker is “highly offended” by another state rep. who simply offered a normal Christian prayer before their official session.
Here’s how USA Today described it:
State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, a freshman from a rural Pennsylvania district, invoked Jesus, the Lord or God nearly two dozen times in her approximately one-minute-forty-second prayer. She also thanked God for President Donald Trump because he “stands beside Israel, unequivocally.”
YEAH, if you’ve ever been to a normal Bible-thumpin’ church, that is an average prayer. That’s just what we do. Maybe not always the Trump thing, but still.
SO the one Muslim lawmaker is offended:
Democratic Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell of Philadelphia, who was sworn in on a Quran after Borowicz’s prayer, said Tuesday that she thought “for the most part, the entire invocation was offensive.” Johnson-Harrell said “to use Jesus as a weapon is not OK” and that “we cannot weaponize what’s going on with Israel and Palestine.”
But this is crazy – the Pennsylvania Dems are backing her to the hilt, as if this is the first time in U.S. history that a Christian prayer has been made before a legislature.
Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said he was “horrified” by Borowicz’s prayer.
“I grew up in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn on the basis of freedom of conscience. I have a strong spiritual sense. This is not a reflection of the religion I grew up in,” said Wolf, a Methodist.
HORRIFIED? Are you serious? They are getting SO insanely extreme in the Democratic party. Do they really think most Christians will go along with this?
Just saying the name of Jesus Christ is “Islamophobic”:
Prayer should be an expression of love, not derision.
— PA Democratic Party (@PADems) March 26, 2019
Even though they admit she never said or mentioned Islam once during the entire speech.
Here’s the video of her prayer:
CONTROVERSIAL PRAYER: Colleagues say these remarks by State Rep Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton) were divisive and insensitive on the day PA swore in Movita Johnson-Harrell, its first Muslim woman lawmaker. @BGallagherTV is following this story all morning @fox43. pic.twitter.com/vPIvjsDwCW
— Matt Maisel (@Matt_Maisel) March 26, 2019
Some of the text of the prayer:
Borowicz began her invocation saying, “I, Jesus, am your ambassador here today, standing here representing you, the king of kings, the lord of lords.” She continued by saying the Founding Fathers “fasted and prayed for this nation to be founded on your principles, and your words, and your truths.”
Yup, totally normal. Unless you’re an insane liberal commie who hates Jesus, of course. Which, apparently, is a position the Pennsylvania Democrats are very comfy with. Amazing.