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Pennsylvania State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz. (Facebook)
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'Weaponized' prayer

Politician invokes Jesus 13 times, asks God for forgiveness before swearing in of Muslim legislator

By WITW Staff on March 27, 2019

Pennsylvania State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R) asked God to forgive Americans for forgetting him and invoked Jesus Christ’s name 13 times during an opening invocation performed before the legislature swore in its first Muslim woman.

“I claim all these things in the powerful, mighty name of Jesus, the one who, at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that you are Lord, in Jesus’ name,” declared Borowicz, before interrupting her own litany to praise Donald Trump for his support of Israel.

At one point, at least one member could be heard angrily voicing objections before Speaker Mike Turzai, a fellow Republican, was forced to nudge Borowicz’s elbow and prompt her to end the invocation. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D), who was sworn in following Borowicz’s address, told the Pennsylvania Capital-Star on Monday that the evangelical Republican was clearly trying to draw attention to Johnson-Harrell’s Muslim faith.

“It blatantly represented the Islamophobia that exists among some leaders — leaders that are supposed to represent the people,” said Johnson-Harrell. “I came to the Capitol to help build bipartisanship and collaborations regardless of race or religion to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the Commonwealth.”

Johnson-Harrell has since called on the General Assembly to censure Borowicz. Her fellow Democrats also came to her defense, condemning Borowicz’s prayer as divisive, racist, and intolerant.

Despite the blowback, Borowicz has refused to apologize for her remarks.

“That’s how I pray every day,” she claimed. “I don’t apologize ever for praying.”

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

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