Watch a Pennsylvania Republican Deliver “Islamophobic” Prayer at State House
A Republican freshman representative in Pennsylvania’s state House of Representatives is facing immense criticism after seemingly using an invocation prayer at the start of Monday’s session to belittle and attack the faith of another lawmaker being sworn in that day.
“God forgive us — Jesus — we’ve lost sight of you, we’ve forgotten you, God, in our country, and we’re asking you to forgive us,” Rep. Stephanie Borowicz stated during her prayer on Monday.
The remarks included at least 13 direct uses of Jesus’ name, with a few more unnamed mentions of the Christian deity being peppered in as well, the Washington Post reported. The prayer came about just moments after a Muslim representative, who had just won a special election and the right to serve her constituents from Philadelphia, was sworn into office.
Borowicz’s prayer “blatantly represented the Islamophobia that exists among some leaders — leaders that are supposed to represent the people,” newly-sworn in Democratic Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell said, according to a report from Philly.com.
“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-Harrel added.
Beyond thanking Jesus Chris in her prayer, Borowicz also acknowledged thanks toward President Donald Trump for standing “behind Israel unequivocally.”
Her prayer seemed to be, by some accounts, a direct use of her faith to reject the faiths of others.
“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,” Borowicz added.
Even some Christian lawmakers were offended by the remarks. “I’m a Christian, and I believe in Christ,” Democratic Rep. Jordan Harris said. “What I believe is Christ’s teaching more than anything, and his teaching would not be about, and was not about, dividing us as a people, but uniting us as a people.”
Harris said he believed Borowicz was “weaponizing” her faith following Johnson-Harrell’s inauguration ceremony. Borowicz, for her own part, denies having done anything wrong.