March 27, 2019

Note from Pastor Kevin Lea:  This CBS article is another sign of how far our country has fallen from the truth and is instead plodding headlong towards the global religion of the Antichrist. Anyone who holds biblical convictions is hated and ostracized; the lie is embraced and accoladed. The prophesied last of the last days are upon us.

The first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said Tuesday she was offended by a colleague’s decision to open a voting session with a prayer a day earlier that “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow.” Democratic Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell of Philadelphia said she felt the remarks by Rep. Stephanie Borowicz shortly before Johnson-Harrell took the oath of office on Monday used her religion against her.

“I thought that for the most part, the entire invocation was offensive,” Johnson-Harrell told reporters, noting that her own religion respects Jesus. “But to use Jesus as a weapon is not OK.”

Borowicz, a Republican and associate pastor’s wife who was elected to represent a rural central Pennsylvania district in November, also thanked President Trump during the Monday invocation for standing behind Israel. Johnson-Harrell said she respects everyone’s right to praise the president, but “we cannot weaponize what’s going on with Israel and Palestine.”

Prayer should not be among the things that Republicans and Democrats fight about, she said. “It was directly a political statement, and I think we need to be very, very clear that everybody in this House matters, whether they’re Christian, Muslim or Jew, and that we cannot use these issues to tear each other down,” Johnson-Harrell said. “And not only that, it was made during my swearing-in.”

Johnson-Harrell won a special election earlier this month to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of Democratic Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, who had been re-elected in November after being convicted of bribery. Johnson-Harrell’s swearing-in drew 55 guests, a majority of them Muslim. A Muslim prayer was said from the House dais during the ceremony.

Borowicz defended her remarks Monday, saying, “I pray every day. I prayed.” She did not immediately return a message seeking a response to Johnson-Harrell’s comments Tuesday.

“At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that you are Lord,” Borowicz said on Monday. Her floor remarks drew a rebuke from Democratic Leader Frank Dermody of Allegheny County, who called Borowicz’s invocation “beneath the dignity of this House” and asked that a group be set up to review the procedure.

Borowicz’s prayer lasted about a minute and 45 seconds. “It was hard for me to watch, but what was even harder was that the speaker did not

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