A Democrat from Missouri created controversy after assigning genders when he ended the opening of the 117th Congress.
Several Republicans felt outraged after hearing Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) end the prayer with an unconventional confirmatory response.
“May the lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace, peace in our families, peace in this land, and dare I ask o’ lord peace even in this chamber now and ever more,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and gods known by many names, and by different faiths, amen and a woman.”
Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes the ending was a clear example of the Democratic Party’s history of destroying family values, and urged Congress to replace his successor Nancy Pelosi immediately.
“Amen and awoman [was a] perfect House Democrat prayer ending as House Dems focus on gender security by abolishing virtually every normal gender term like ‘father, mother,'” he said on Twitter. “The radical madness has begun–Kevin McCarthy for speaker!”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) revealed there was actually no gender assigned to the word amen, saying Cleaver made an error in judgment and questioned why he did not go further to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people too.
“Amen and Awoman?!?! Don’t they know that gender is not binary???” he said on Twitter. “What about the other 42 genders??”
Cleaver’s stunt also failed to impress Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and other female GOP members.
“‘Amen’ and ‘awoman?’ Really?” she said on Twitter. “I guess the virtue signaling Democrats did not check the Herbrew etymology of the word ‘amen’ to realize it has nothing to do with gender but do not let facts get in the way of a good virtue signal. Also, didn’t those words just get banned?”
Amen is a latin word originating from the 12th century, commonly used to express “solemn ratification as of an expression of faith or hearty approval as an assertion” according to the Merriam-Webster website.
Former GOP Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell believes Cleaver only succeeded in making himself look foolish in front of his political opponents.
“If you say a-woman after amen, you are a-dummy,” Blackwell said on Twitter.
“The prayer to open the 117th Congress concluded, ‘Amen and awoman,'” conservative political commentator Liz Wheeler added on Twitter. “This cannot be real, right? Nobody is actually that stupid?!”
Cleaver made the strange remarks despite having being ordained as a United Methodist pastor and serving St. James United Methodist Church (UMC) for 35 years in Kansas City.
“I was honored to deliver the opening prayer for the 117th Congress,” he said on Twitter. “May God bless each and every representative with the courage and wisdom to defend our democracy and the liberties we all hold so dearly.”
At least one of the Democrat’s former colleagues has asked for a correction.
“As a fellow UMC pastor I am shocked at your not knowing that amen is a Hebrew word meaning ‘so be it,'” Foundation UMC pastor Ryan Kiblinger said on Twitter. “It has nothing to do with gender or masculinity. I believe you made an honest mistake in ending your Invocation today but please correct it.”