I swear I cannot make this up. On the day Pennsylvania swore in their first female Muslim state representative, the Pennsylvania state legislator decided to open up their session with a prayer from Stephanie Borowicz, a fellow Pennsylvania house member. She ended up going on a long prayer about how Jesus’ morals are what America was founded upon. She thanked President Trump for supporting Israel regardless of their policies, and ultimately asked Jesus for forgiveness. The best part was when another representative told the congresswoman “that’s enough” by grabbing her hand.
The new house member Movita Johnson-Harrell was offended by the prayer and saw it as a political statement and protest against her joining the PA assembly.
I consider myself religious and Catholic, but Borowicz went too far. I am perfectly fine with opening up a session with prayer, but getting political within the prayer and asking for “forgiveness” when a Muslim member joins, is rather crude.
I am fine with generic opening prayer or ones where the different faiths gets to share their own prayer. Think of it like being at a hockey game. During hockey games, they generally do the National Anthem from both U.S and Canada.
This has been my issue with the religious right in this country. It’s not that they believe in bible or Jesus, it is that they love to shove it other people’s faces.