First Muslim Women In PA House of Representatives To Open Session With Prayer

HARRISBURG, PA – Newly sworn in Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Philadelphia, will open a session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with a Muslim Prayer.

The decision to let Johnson-Harrell open a session is in response to freshman Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton County, opening Monday’s session offering a heartful prayer proclaiming her Christian beliefs and how the nation has forgotten Jesus and asking for forgiveness.

“At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus, that you are Lord,” Borowicz said.

The prayer drew ire from House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, who accused Borowicz of weaponizing her religion to “intimidate, demean and degrade’ the newly installed Muslim representative in front of her family, friends and guests who gathered to witness her take the oath of office.

Watch Borowicz’s American Taliban Prayer Below:

Minority Whip Jordan Harris explained, “Let me be clear. I am a Christian. I spend my Sunday mornings in church worshiping and being thankful for all that I have,” Harris said in a statement. “But in no way does that mean I would flaunt my religion at those who worship differently than I do. There is no room in our Capitol building for actions such as this, and it’s incredibly disappointing that today’s opening prayer was so divisive.”

Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell will open a session on a yet to be determined date in April.