United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D), a United Methodist pastor representing Missouri’s 5th congressional district, delivered the opening prayer for the 117th United States Congress. At the end of the prayer, he showed himself to be laughably ignorant when he concluded the benediction with “amen, and awomen.”
For reference, “Amen” is a word of Hebrew word meaning “so be it” or “truly.” It is not a gendered term and has nothing to do with “maleness” or “masculinity.”
We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma (Editor’s note. The Hindu god) and god known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and Awomen.
The complete video and transcript can be seen below.
Eternal God, noiselessly we bow before your throne of grace as we leave behind the politically and socially clamorous year of 2020. We gather now in this consequential chamber to inaugurate another chapter in our roller coaster representative government.
The members of this august body acknowledge your sacred supremacy and therefore confess that without your favor and forbearance we enter this new year relying dangerously on our own fallible nature.
God, at a moment when many believe that the bright light of democracy is beginning to dim, empower us with an extra dose of commitment to its principles. May we of the 117th congress, refuel the lamp of liberty so brimful that generations unborn will witness its undying flame.
And may we model community healing, control our tribal tendencies and quicken our spirit that we may feel thy priestly presence even in moments of heightened disagreement.
May we so feel your presence that our service here many not be soiled by any utterances or acts unworthy of this high office, and insert in our spirits a light so bright, that we can see ourselves and our politics as we really are, soiled by selfishness, perverted by prejudice, and (unintelligible) by ideology.
Now may the God who created the world and everything in it bless us and keep us. May the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace. Peace in our families. peace across this land and dare I ask o lord even in this chamber. Now and every more.
We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and Awomen. “
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