Amid the ongoing chaos in US, the Congressman Emanuel Cleaver’s “light-hearted” attempt to be inclusive on Sunday, when he wrapped up a prayer in the House of Representatives with the words “Amen and awomen,” saying it was “a perfect example of going way too far.”
STRYPER‘s Michael Sweet and FOZZY‘s Chris Jericho have criticized this step.
Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ended by saying:
“We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and ‘god’ known by many names, by many different faiths. Amen and awoman.”
The word “Amen” comes from the Hebrew language, in which it means “certainty,” “truth” and “so be it,” according to the etymology explained in various dictionaries.
Sweet took to his Instagram to share the headline “Democrat’s opening prayer ends with ‘amen and a-woman”, and he included the following message:
“As we should fight for ALL rights and respect ALL people, we should also respect the dictionary.
“‘Amen’ has nothing to do with gender, it simply means ‘so be it’. That’s the definition.
“Adding ‘a-women’ to the end of a prayer is a perfect example of going way too far. What do you think?”
A number of people weighed in with their opinions, including Jericho, who wrote simply: