A congressman’s bizarre Capitol Hill prayer has been endlessly mocked for adding “A woman” to “Amen” to affirm gender equality but a veteran of conservative politics says the greater issue is no laughing matter.
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri), an ordained United Methodist minister, was asked to pray Sunday as the guest chaplain to open up the 117th session of Congress. At the end of the prayer, the congressman concluded:
Dare I ask, oh Lord, peace even in this chamber now and evermore. We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and a woman.
Thanks to social media, the response to the nonsensical phrase was predictably swift and derisive. Blaze writer Matt Walsh called Democrats “utter clowns” and Rep. Matt Gaetz suggested that Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz should be referred to as “Wasserperson-Schultz.”
“I’m waiting for the Dems’ plan on enforcing a mask womandate,” Jenna Ellis, President Trump’s attorney, joked in another Twitter post.
Responding with some biblical knowledge, Orthodox Jewish writer-speaker Ben Shapiro pointed out that “Amen” is a Hebrew word meaning “may it be so” and has no reference to man or woman.
Gary Bauer of American Values says Cleaver, an ordained minister, knows the word “Amen” is not a gendered term but means, as Shapiro pointed out, “so be it.”
“If [Cleaver] knew what amen meant in its Hebrew or Greek origins 'truly' or 'so be it’,” Bauer tells One News Now, “he must think everybody else is stupid and would believe that 'amen' actually meant something that only applied to men.”
After the mockery and backlash, Rep. Cleaver claimed his prayer was "misinterpreted" by some to "stoke resentment," but the prayer occurred at the same time the Democrat-led House introduced new rules that literally abolish terms such as “husband” and “wife” from Capitol Hill.
The new acceptable terms are “gender neutral” terms such as parent, child, and spouse, One News Now reported.
So what is going on in the nation’s capital? According to Bauer, whose political battles date back to serving in the Reagan administration, the Right is witnessing the progressive Left openly engaging in its never-ending culture war to stamp out traditional beliefs and Judeo-Christian values.
“Every message is not only a message of pro-socialism,” Bauer warns. “It's a message against traditional values, against traditional ways of thinking about the roles of men and women, about the basic things. About when life begins. How many genders there are. Is there a God.”
Democrats’ open push for changing our words and their meaning should remind us of the war that is going on, Bauer tells One News Now.
“You can’t run from this,” he says of that battle. “You have to fight it.”