- Emanuel Cleaver delivered a prayer on Sunday to open the 117th Congress
- In his message, he referenced Hindu God Brahma and said ‘amen and a woman’
- Many criticized the ‘woke’ prayer, saying ‘amen’ is Latin for ‘so be it’
- A committee has proposed changes in house rules to ‘honor gender identities’
Democrat Representative Emanuel Cleaver has provoked fury by closing a congressional prayer with the words ‘amen and a woman’.
The Missouri pastor was asked to deliver the prayer to open the 117th Congress on Sunday, and decided to make a gender neutral address.
But after the video was posted online, many pointed out to Cleaver that amen is Latin for ‘so be it’ and has no reference to gender.
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler said on Twitter: ‘It’s not a gendered word.
‘Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant to progressives. Unbelievable.’
Cleaver also mentioned the Hindu god Brahma as he gave his prayer to Congress.
Conservative blogger Matt Walsh wrote: ‘Dems open congress with a prayer that ends “amen and a woman”.
‘Amen is a Latin word that means “truly” or “so be it”. “A woman” is a nonsense word that means nothing.
‘Dems find a way to make everything stupid and nonsensical. Utter clowns, all of them.’
Cleaver said of his prayer: ‘I was honored to deliver the opening prayer for the 117th Congress.
‘May God bless each and every Representative with the courage and wisdom to defend our democracy and the liberties we all hold so dearly.’
The ‘woke’ prayer comes after a committee proposed changes in house rules to ‘honor all gender identities’ and eliminate words with inherent genders such as ‘father’ or ‘mother’.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Speaker of the House, announced the proposal, saying the move would make the lower chamber the ‘most inclusive in history’ for transgender and nonbinary people.
The new house rules would remove gender specific references such as ‘man’, ‘woman’, ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ in the 45-page text that governs the House.