A pastor who led Congress in a prayer on the House floor, says he’s surprised at the backlash his “amen” and “awoman” ending has received.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, whose prayer ended with “we ask it in the name of the monotheistic God… God known by many names and by many different faiths. Amen, and awoman,” came after Congress voted to drop gendered words from language used in session.
House rules now “honor all gender identities,” and “eliminate gendered words like “mother,” “father,” “he,” and “she” in favour of gender-neutral terms,” reports The Independent.
But Cleaver says people are taking the words out of context and trying to divide people in political moves.
“I concluded with a lighthearted pun in recognition of the record number of women who will be representing the American people in Congress during this term as well as in recognition of the first female Chaplain of the House of Representatives whose service commenced this week,” said Cleaver.
“I personally find these historic occasions to be blessings from God for which I am grateful,” he continued.
Conservatives called the move “insane” and “nonsensical.”