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Pennsylvania lawmaker says Trump ‘stands beside Israel’ during prayer

Pennsylvania lawmaker says Trump ‘stands beside Israel’ during prayer

A Republican state lawmaker faces criticism for a Christian prayer she delivered in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday, the same day the body swore in its first female Muslim member.

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, a freshman from a rural Pennsylvania district, invoked Jesus, the Lord or God nearly two dozen times in her approximately one-minute-forty-second prayer. She also thanked God for President Donald Trump because he “stands beside Israel, unequivocally.”

Democratic Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell of Philadelphia, who was sworn in on a Quran after Borowicz’s prayer, said Tuesday that she thought “for the most part, the entire invocation was offensive.” Johnson-Harrell said “to use Jesus as a weapon is not OK” and that “we cannot weaponize what’s going on with Israel and Palestine.”

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said he was “horrified” by Borowicz’s prayer.

“I grew up in Pennsylvania. 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,” said Wolf, a Methodist.

Borowicz began her invocation saying, “I, Jesus, am your ambassador here today, standing here representing you, the king of kings, the lord of lords.” She continued by saying the Founding Fathers “fasted and prayed for this nation to be founded on your principles, and your words, and your truths.”

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