Democrat Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s attempt to be gender neutral while delivering the opening prayer of the 117th Congress instead is facing ridicule after closing the prayer with “amen and a-woman.”
From the Federalist:
The term “amen” is not even a reference to the two sexes, however, as Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Guy Reschenthaler pointed out on Twitter along with a clip of the pointless passive-progressive virtue signaling.
Cleaver, an ordained United Methodist pastor who appears clueless about basic biblical knowledge such as the meaning of the Hebrew word “amen,” offered the House prayer as Democrats in the lower chamber have prioritized removing references to the two sexes in House business in an effort to “promote inclusion and diversity.”
His comment translates to “So be it, and a woman.”
Nevertheless, Cleaver tweeted that he was “honored to deliver the opening prayer for the 117th Congress” and said he hoped lawmakers will have the “courage and wisdom to defend our democracy and the liberties we all hold so dearly.”
Democrats have moved to make the 117th Congress the undisputed most “woke” in history, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently unveiling a “visionary rules package” that would see gendered terms banned in the lower chamber.
“Democrats have crafted a package of unprecedented, bold reforms, which will make the House more accountable, transparent and effective in our work to meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said of the new rules.
“These future-focused proposals reflect our priorities as a caucus and as a country — including crushing the coronavirus, addressing economic disparity, combating the climate crisis, advancing inclusion, and promoting integrity in government.”
The new rules package does away with all references to gender-specific pronouns such as “man,” “woman,” “mother, and “son” to achieve Pelosi’s goal of “advancing inclusion.”
Republicans Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy mocked the rules, tweeting that they were “stupid” and signing off as a “father, son, and brother.”
The new House is set to vote on the rules are set to be put to a vote on Monday.