On Sunday, United States House of Representatives Member representing Missouri’s 5th Congressional District, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, stirred some dust in the House when he ended a session of prayers with the words, “Amen and Awoman.”
Seventy-six-year-old Cleaver, who is also a Methodist pastor was drafted in to lead the first daily congressional prayer session, when he prayed thus, “And dare I ask, oh Lord, peace even in this chamber now and evermore,” Cleaver said while serving as guest House chaplain. “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and awoman.”
Pastor Cleaver, who has been representing his part of Missouri since he was elected in 2005, is a Democrat who are known for their progressive views, especially as it has to do with gender.
As part of a proposed change in rules in the House, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who represents California, has proposed to erase all references to gender in order to run a more diverse regime at the House. Last week, she also appointed the first full-time female chaplain of the House.
Many people, especially Republicans, have criticized Cleaver for attempting to make the Hebrew or Latin word “amen,” to be about gender.
Representative Guy Reschenthaler tweeted, “The prayer to open the 117th Congress ended with ‘amen and a-women.’ Amen is Latin for ‘so be it.’ It’s not a gendered word. Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant to progressives. Unbelievable.”
Donald Trump Junior posted:
Cleaver, being a Methodist minister wasn’t supposed to pray to Brahma (the Creator god in Hinduism), a pantheistic deity, and then pray to the monotheistic God, since the two don’t go together.