It’s pretty clear that Republicans are aiming for a white Christian nationalist state that demonizing and attacks everyone who is not them, especially Muslims.
A Republican in the Pennsylvania Statehouse is facing criticism from House Democrats after she prayed for God’s forgiveness before the state’s first Muslim female representative was sworn in on Monday, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported.
State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz gave a nearly two-minute opening prayer before Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a Democrat, joined the Legislature after winning a special election. In the prayer, according to the Capital-Star, Borowicz said Jesus 13 times, quoted from a chapter of the Bible asking God’s followers to “turn from their wicked ways,” asked explicitly for God’s forgiveness for having “forgotten you, God, in our country,” called Jesus “our only hope,” and praised President Donald Trump for his support of Israel.
As she gave the invocation, other members of the Legislature became visibly uncomfortable, and Democratic Rep. Margo Davidson yelled “objection” near the end of the prayer, according to the Capital-Star. House Speaker Mike Turzai can be seen in video of the moment placing his hand on Borowicz’s arm. She then quickly finished the prayer.
A number of House Democrats later spoke out against the prayer, and Johnson-Harrell, the new Muslim legislator, called for the General Assembly to censure Borowicz. “It blatantly represented the Islamophobia that exists among some leaders—leaders that are supposed to represent the people,” said Johnson-Harrell. “I came to the Capitol to help build bipartisanship and collaborations regardless of race or religion to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the Commonwealth.”
Yeah, that’s the white radical right-wing Pennsylvania I grew to really dislike. She represents Lock Haven, which makes a lot of sense.
Though honestly, this isn’t that much more dishonest and awful than Chuck Schumer’s talk before AIPAC where he attacked Ilhan Omar.