Is the freedom to express one’s religion still a right guaranteed for all citizens in this country?
If Dems had their way, then the answer would be an unequivocal “No” – at least for Christians.
In their latest attempt to chastise those who believe in Christ and his teachings, Democrats ridiculed Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Stephanie Borowicz for praying based on her Christian beliefs (you know, the faith that the founding fathers held to and based many of the principles of our great nation on.)
Dems called the prayer offensive and Islamophobic. They even went as far as to call Borowicz a bigot.
Well, I’ve got news for you, Dems: It takes one to know one.
Take a look at these tweets announcing the news:
Here is the contents of Borowicz's prayer, according to The Western Journal:
The lawmaker began the invocation, “Jesus, I thank you for this privilege Lord of letting me pray. I Jesus am your ambassador here today representing you, the King of kings, the Lord of lords. The great I am.”
Borowicz referenced the tradition of leaders praying for the country, including George Washington at Valley Forge, Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, as well as the members of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia who “fasted and prayed for this nation to be founded on Your principles and Your words and Your truths.”
“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,” she said.
Borowicz then paraphrased the Bible passage 2 Chronicles 7:14, saying, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek Your face, and turn from their wicked ways, that you’ll heal our land.”
The verse has often been quoted by political and religious leaders, including Ronald Reagan who had his family Bible opened to it when he was sworn as the 40th president of the United States in 1981, CBN News reported. Mike Pence used the same Bible, opened to the same passage when he took the oath as vice president.
Borowicz further prayed, “thank you that we’re blessed because we stand by Israel,” a clear reference to the Bible’s Genesis 12:3.
The representative concluded her invocation: “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.”
Watch Borowicz pray here for yourself:
Fox News had the following to say regarding the backlash Borowicz is receiving:
Democrats slammed her for the prayer. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, the Muslim lawmaker who was sworn in at the Statehouse, accused Borowicz of using her religion against her.
“I thought that for the most part, the entire invocation was offensive,” she told reporters. “But to use Jesus as a weapon is not OK.”
“We cannot weaponize what’s going on with Israel and Palestine,” she continued, noting that everyone is free to praise the president.
“It was directly a political statement, and I think we need to be very, very clear that everybody in this House matters, whether they’re Christian, Muslim or Jew, and that we cannot use these issues to tear each other down,” Johnson-Harrell added. “And not only that, it was made during my swearing in.”
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he issued an apology to Johnson-Harrell.
“I was horrified. I grew up in Pennsylvania," Wolf said. "Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn on the basis of freedom of conscience. I have a strong spiritual sense. This is not a reflection of the religion I grew up in."
Democratic state Leader Frank Dermody said Borowicz’s speech was “beneath the dignity of this House” and suggested setting up a group to review the procedure.
But the Republican state representative defended her prayer Monday, saying that, “I pray every day. I prayed.”
Perhaps it is Borowicz's faith that is giving her strength to stand her ground on her decision to pray. She has - rightfully - refused to apologize for her actions and words.
Take a look at these tweets detailing her response to the harsh criticism she is facing:
Christianity seems to be the only religion Democrats care to attack.
They don't have any qualms with Islam (despite the religion having been a motivating factor in many terrorist attacks...) and in fact, even praise the foreign religion.
Recently, a Muslim Rep. opened a session with a reading from the Quaran, which was met with grandious applause. Comparing this event to their reaction to Christian prayer shows just how backwards Dems are when it comes to their view of religion and religious freedom.
CBN News commented on the reactions to both invocations:
State Democratic Whip Jordan Harris said her many mentions of Jesus before the ceremony to swear in Pennsylvania's first Muslim woman representative Movita Johnson-Harrell of Philadelphia was inappropriate.
"I am a Christian and I believe in Jesus Christ, but more than anything I believe in his teachings of love, compassion and most of all unity," Harris told ABC News.
Johnson-Harrell won a special election earlier this month to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of Democratic Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown who had been re-elected in November after being convicted of bribery.
Johnson-Harrell agreed with Harris calling Borowicz's prayer a political statement.
"I thought it was blatantly Islamophobic, Xenophobic, and discriminatory," she said.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, himself a Methodist, said he was "horrified" by Borowicz's invocation and apologized to Johnson-Harrell on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.
But Borowicz also has fans among her fellow representatives as well.
"I think she was walking in the footsteps of our forefathers who would've prayed a prayer very similar," said Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalf.
Metcalf says what's actually offensive is that some are claiming Islamophobia.
"That the newest member, who is a Muslim, would attack her and say that that was an example of Islamophobia, should be offensive to every Pennsylvanian," he told ABC News.
Another Muslim lawmaker, Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-Philadelphia), opened the session on Tuesday by reading from the Quran. His invocation was followed by applause.