Democrat Emmanuel Cleaver Ends Prayer with “Amen” and “A-woman”

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) finished the first daily congressional prayer of the new session with the words “amen and awoman” on Sunday.  “And dare I ask, oh Lord, peace even in this chamber now and evermore,” Cleaver said while serving as guest House chaplain. “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and awoman.” Cleaver’s ending to the blessing received sharp criticism from some online, primarily among conservatives. 

For the record, the usage of amen, meaning “so be it” (as found in the early scriptures of the Bible), is a word of Biblical Hebrew origin. The word originated in the Hebrew Scriptures, as a confirmatory response; it is found in Deuteronomy as a confirmatory response made by the people. In other words, the word has absolutely nothing to do with gender. SmH.

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