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Prayer invoking gender politics 'A-men and A-woman' is a cracking of the biblical foundation upon which the US was founded

Joseph Magen addresses the misuse of "Amen" and discusses its real Hebrew meaning

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver opening the 117th Congress with prayer on Jan. 3, 2021 (Photo: screenshot)

On Jan. 3, the 117th Congress of the United States of America was opened with a prayer led by House democrat, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri congressman and reverend of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Cleaver finishes the two-and-a-half minute invocation with this closing statement: “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and A-women.” 

Cleaver’s decision to push gender politics in a prayer is very disconcerting. The misuse of the Hebrew word “Amen” was literally shocking to many of us. Cleaver further diminishes God’s name by invoking the name of Brahma — the Hindu creator god. 

In this video, ALL ISRAEL NEWS Managing Editor, Joseph Magen, provides:

  • a brief, but interesting explanation of the Hebrew root word “Amen.”

  • biblical references to the true name of God and why Cleaver’s closing words of this prayer are cause for concern.

Magen says, “To water down the name of God in the United States Congress is a cracking of the foundation.”

You can watch the full prayer by Rev. Emanuel Cleaver’s to open the 117th United States Congress

We ask our readers of ALL ISRAEL NEWS to continue to pray for the United States, to pray for Israel and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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Joseph Magen is Co-Founder and Managing Editor of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS. He has more than 20 years of experience in high-tech, software development, and the Israeli venture capital industry. Joseph lives in the Judean Hills outside of Jerusalem with his wife and four young children.

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