A Republican lawmaker who made headlines when she was accused of “weaponizing religion” during her passionate prayer at the start of a swearing-in ceremony for Pennsylvania’s first Muslim representative has spoken out about her decision to invoke an overtly Christian prayer.
State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz told the Todd Starnes Show that she was overcome with God’s presence and the magnificence of her surroundings as she took to the podium for the swearing in of Democratic Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell of Philadelphia, who is also a Muslim.
“It was so neat, that you can see the Scripture as you stand up there, and pray, that we all know the truth, and the truth shall set you free,” Borowicz told Todd Starnes. “It’s right there, and then there’s Deuteronomy, is right behind you.”
She added: “There’s over 60 Bible verse references in the Pennsylvania Capitol, and even thinking about it makes me teary-eyed. We’re losing those things.”
So, knowing “Benjamin Franklin maybe prayed in that State Capitol,” Borowicz, who is also a pastor’s wife, just went for it — she mentioned Jesus Christ some 13 times during her invocation. “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that you are Lord,” she declared during her prayer.
“God, forgive us. Jesus, we’ve lost sight of you,” Borowicz continued. “We’ve forgotten you, God, in our country. We’re asking you to forgive us. Jesus, you are our only hope.”
Defending her remarks Monday, the politicians said her actions were an overflow of her daily spiritual routine. “That’s how I pray every day,” she simply remarked, according to USA Today.
But, considering the outrage, will this fiery politician find it within her to apologize?
“Oh no,” she laughed. “I don’t apologize ever for praying.”