Pennsylvania Republican Prays For God’s Forgiveness Before First Muslim Female Lawmaker Is Sworn In

Pennsylvania Rep. Stephanie Borowicz prayed for God’s forgiveness and praised President Donald trump right before the state’s first Muslim female lawmaker, state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, was sworn in.

Borowicz seemed emotional as she prayed:

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.

Borowicz did not specify who “we” was or how the country had moved away from God, but she did co-opt 2 Chronicles 7:14 for American Christians even though it was specifically written to Jews over 2,000 years ago:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Johnson-Harrell responded to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star:

It blatantly represented the Islamophobia that exists among some leaders, leaders that are supposed to represent the people.

We as Republicans and Democrats can find many, many things to fight abou. Prayer should not be one of them.

House Minority Whip Jordan Harris concurred that feeling in a statement.

What we do not need is to see prayer and religion twisted to intimidate, discourage, or subtly degrade any Pennsylvanian, especially one sent by her constituents to represent them in Harrisburg.

Rep. Kevin J. Boyle, a fellow Democratic state representative from Philadelphia, tweeted that he walked off the House floor in protest:

Andrew Bahl, a journalist for The PLS Reporter, tweeted that Borowicz stood by her prayer:

(Sources: Twitter, Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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