Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-MO, opened the 117th Congress with a prayer that ended with an attempt to bring in more gender-inclusive language. The Democratic lawmaker, who is also a pastor, ended his blessing with “Amen and awomen,” sparking confusion and criticism.
Many took to social media to point out that the word “Amen” doesn’t have a gender to it. And as conservative commentator Ben Shapiro observed, the word “is a Biblical Hebrew word: אמן. It is a word simply meaning ‘may it be so.’ It has nothing to do with the word ‘man’ or ‘woman’ because it is FROM HEBREW.”
He added, “This is some of the dumbest s*** I have ever seen in my life.”