Democratic Rep. Ends House Prayer with ‘Amen and Awoman,’ Sparking Debate

Michael Foust | Contributor

A Democratic representative’s prayer that ended with the phrase “amen and awoman” in the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday launched a debate about political correctness, gender and religion.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who also is a United Methodist minister, delivered the prayer before the House Sunday and capped it with a nontraditional phrase.

Typically, ministers end their prayers by saying  “amen” – a Hebrew word that means “so be it” or “it is so.” Cleaver, though, made a statement about gender. He also delivered a pluralistic prayer that acknowledged other religions.

“Bless us, and keep us,” Cleaver prayed. “May the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May the Lord lift up the light of his continents upon us and give us peace – peace in our families, peace across this land, and there I ask, oh Lord, peace even in this chamber. Now, and evermore.

“We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and God known by many names by many different things. Amen and awoman,” he concluded.

“The opening prayer just ended with ‘amen and a woman.’ It has absolutely nothing to do with gender. It is Latin for so be it. This is Political Correctness gone way off the rails,” tweeted Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.).

“‘Amen and Awomen?’; Our country has gone crazy. This is NOT a gender-neutral issue. How dumb is this?” CBN’s David Brody tweeted.

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