“U.S. Congressman who said prayer for “amen and a-woman” hits critics back


“tainted by selfishness and perverted by prejudice”stained by selfishness and perverted by prejudice.

On the first day of the new Congress, a Democratic congressman said he was shocked by the negative response after he ended an opening prayer with the words “Amen and A-woman” on the first day of the new Congress – and said conservative opponents, including Donald Trump Jr., had only proved to be “soiled by selfishness, perverted by prejudice and seduced by ideology.” He told the Kansas City Star that Sunday his “A-woman” reference was to recognize the new Congress’ record number of women. In the House and in the Senate, 144 women serve. “But the words of Cleaver caused a barrage of criticism from conservatives who accused him of misunderstanding the meaning of “amen” – a Hebrew word meaning “so be it.” One Republican congressman, Pennsylvania’s Guy Reschenthaler, incorrectly stated on Twitter that “Amen” had Latin origins, but added, “It’s not a gendered word. Sadly, progressive facts are meaningless. Unbelievable.

In appreciation of the record number of women who would serve the American people in Congress this term, as well as the first female chaplain of the House of Representatives, whose service started this week, Cleaver said he “concluded with a lighthearted pun. “Cleaver chaired the search committee that chose Margaret Grun Kibben, the former chief chaplain of the Navy. “I personally feel these historic occasions are a blessing from God for which I am grateful,” Cleaver said, adding that he is “deeply disappointed that my prayer has been misinterpreted and misunderstood by some to fit a narrative that fuels resentment and greater division in parts of our population. “Instead of focusing on my faithful requests for community reconciliation and turning away from our inc “In doing so, they have proven a point of my larger message – that we are all ‘soiled by selfishness, perverted by prejudice, and seduced by ideology.'”soiled by selfishness, perverted by prejudice, and seduced by ideology.


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