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Lawmaker Prays for God’s Forgiveness Before First Muslim Woman Sworn In as Representative

Republican Pennsylvania State Representative Stephanie Borowicz is facing backlash for a very, uh, “Jesus-y” prayer she offered before the state’s first Muslim woman was sworn in as a legislator. In the prayer, which Borowicz managed to pepper with 13 “Jesuses,” she begged for God’s forgiveness, said people had “forgotten you, God, in our country,” asked that people “turn from their wicked ways.” She also name-checked George Washingtonand Abraham Lincoln and praised President Trump for his “unequivocal” support for Israel.

So you can understand why people seemed to get more and more uncomfortable as the prayer dragged on. One Democratic representative shouted an objection to the spectacle as Borowicz finished up, others criticized her for pushing her religion on the floor of the legislature, accusing her of being purposefully divisive.

Democratic House minority leader Rep. Frank Dermody said, “Never have we started out with a prayer that divides us.” Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said he was “horrified” by the prayer. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, the legislature’s first female Muslim lawmaker, called for Borowicz to be censured.

“It blatantly represented the Islamophobia that exists among some leaders—leaders that are supposed to represent the people,” she said. “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.”

Borowicz doesn’t seem fazed by the criticism. “Oh no, I don’t apologize ever for praying,” she said. “That’s how I pray every day.”

And I believe it. Borowicz graduated from a Christian college, married a pastor, and is active in her church. She posted a video of the prayer on her official Facebook page along with a quote from Chronicles.

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She also posts quite a few, shall we say, questionable things on her personal Facebook page, like this fake list of rules for creating a socialist state attributed to Saul Alinsky (and debunked by Snopes).

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And this nugget of wisdom, or whatever it is:

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Jesus Christ: the original influencer.

h/t: Slate