State rep threatened with censure over pre-session prayer

Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Chad Groening, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

PA state rep prayingA state representative in Pennsylvania is being condemned by fellow lawmakers and her governor for a Christ-centered invocation, but there are others coming to her defense.  

“I think it was very refreshing for many of us to hear Jesus' name invoked on Monday,” Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, says of the pre-session prayer delivered by state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (pictured above).

The prayer, which lasted approximately two minutes, has been criticized because the state rep delivered it moments before Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a Muslim lawmaker, was being sworn into office.

Gov. Tom Wolfe has said he was "horrified" by the invocation and Johnson-Harrell herself has said she was offended, too, because she felt it was directed at her.

The Associated Press reported that Borowicz was indirectly criticized by Rep. Mike Turzai, the Republican House Speaker. After the prayer, he read from House rules that advise keeping remarks respectful of other religious beliefs.

In her prayer, Borowicz stated that “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow,” a reference to Philippians 2:10, and she also mentioned President Donald Trump and support for Israel.

Rep. Johnson-Harrell has since told the media (see video below) she supports censuring Rep. Borowicz to promote “inclusion” in the state legislature.

“It's a travesty to try to censure anybody's prayer,” responds Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. “We respect the right of Muslims to worship the god that they have created. We also have a right to worship our God.”   

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star newspaper reported the Republican lawmaker mentioned “Jesus” 13 times, “God” six times, and “Lord” four times in what the newspaper described as a “rambling” prayer.

A misleading Washington Post headline, posted on Twitter, implied Borowicz was asking God for “forgiveness” before a Muslim was sworn in.  

Gramley, meanwhile, tells OneNewsNow she disagreed when Gov. Wolfe said he was apologizing on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.

“But I'm sorry, Governor Wolfe,” she responds, “I do not believe all Pennsylvanians were offended by Rep. Borowicz's prayer on Monday.”

The following day, after Borowicz's prayer, the chamber applauded after Muslim lawmaker Democrat Jason Dawkins opened the session by reading from the Koran. 

“Muslims get to read from the Quran the day afterward and they're applauded,” complains Gramley, “while we have a state representative voicing a Christian prayer and she's being demonized."

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