Pennsylvania Legislator's Prayer Receives Criticism From Muslim Lawmaker

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Published on March 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:48s

Pennsylvania Legislator's Prayer Receives Criticism From Muslim Lawmaker

A prayer offered by Representative Borowicz at the opening of a session at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on March 25 drew criticism from other lawmakers, who criticized it as “Islamophobic.”The prayer was delivered shortly before the swearing-in of the Pennsylvania House’s first female Muslim lawmaker and made repeated references to Jesus.

Representative Borowicz also thanked God for President Trump’s support of Israel.This invocation met swift rebuttal from Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, who brought brought 55 guests to witness her swearing in, according to reports.Representative Johnson-Harrell issued a statement saying the prayer was "highly offensive to me, my guests, and other members of the House,” adding, “it blatantly represented the Islamophobia that exists among some leaders — leaders that are supposed to represent the people.”Other representatives criticized the prayer, indicating they felt the timing and content of the message were “inappropriate.” Credit: Pennsylvania State House via Storyful


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