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Penn. Legislator’s Jaw-Dropping Prayer Showcases America’s Christian Nationalism Problem

Mar 28, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel

Earlier this week, Rep. Stephanie Borowicz chose to deliver a “Jesus”-laden prayer to the state house on the same day Pennsylvania’s first Muslim legislator, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, was sworn in.

The prayer was jaw-dropping—literally. Watch Speaker Turzai, who introduced Borowicz. As she begins, his jaw drops, and then it drops again. By the end, he’s shooing her off the dais.

This was 103 seconds of sectarian division and proselytizing and it speaks for itself: “at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that you are Lord.”

That Borowicz meant for the prayer to intimidate non-Christians seems self-evident. It’s probably less clear to many observers that Borowicz’s prayer is also a symptom of the virulent strain of Christian nationalism under which America is suffering.

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