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Controversial Opening Prayer in the North American Congress - The Observer

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Lawmakers return to the US Capitol for a new session of Congress with a packed agenda

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) raised eyebrows this past Sunday when he led a prayer for the opening of the newly-installed 117 Congress, ending the two-and-a-half call for peace and unity with an unusual twist saying "Amen and Awoman".

'Amen is a Latin word that means "truly" or "so be it". It's not a gendered word.

Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri ended the opening prayer for the 117th Congress Sunday with "amen and a-woman", in an apparent effort to be gender- and deity-inclusive while omitting "aperson".

'Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant to progressives.

Similar tweets were posted by Newt Gingrich, former Republican Congressman and presidential primary candidate; Donald Trump Jr., son of outgoing President Donald Trump and former Trump campaign surrogate; the conservative social media page Reagan Battalion; and the right-leaning online commentator Breanna Morello.

Cleaver, whose prayer included biblical quotes and used male pronouns to refer to God, also appeared to invoke the name of the Hindu creator god during the prayer, though he stumbled over the word.

"Amen", said Cleaver, 76, a United Methodist pastor, and then added "And A-women".

"It shows you how out of touch the Democrats in the House are", sophomore Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R. -MN, told Newsmax "They are so fixated on "degenderizing" everything they even take it to prayers, and to a word that has nothing to do with gender".

"May the lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace", Cleaver said. "Amen and Awoman", said Cleaver to end the prayer.

He said the pun was meant as a tribute to his female colleagues and to Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben, the new House chaplain and first woman to hold the role.

"I personally find these historic occasions to be blessings from God for which I am grateful". One thing is obvious-we need more of it. Amen!

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