Prayer To Open The 117th Congress Ended With ‘Amen And Awoman’

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Democratic Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ended his prayer to open up the 117th Congress on Sunday with the words “amen and awoman.”

Video of the prayer’s ending was posted to Twitter by Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, who pointed out that the word “amen” is Latin for “so be it.”

“It’s not a gendered word,” Reschenthaler wrote. “Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant to progressives. Unbelievable.”

“We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, [unintelligible], and God known by many names and by many different faiths, amen, and awoman,” said Cleaver, an ordained United Methodist pastor.

Cleaver’s prayer comes after the Rules Committee proposed changes to House rules to “honor all gender identities” by modifying pronouns and words for familial relations in favor of gender-neutral terms. (RELATED: Hakeem Jeffries Invokes Framers Of The Constitution To Defend New Gender-Neutral Language Rules)

The updated rules would change “pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender-neutral or removes references to gender, as appropriate, to ensure we are inclusive of all Members, Delegates, Resident Commissioners and their families – including those who are nonbinary,” according to an announcement from Democratic Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern, chairman of the Rules Committee.