Cleaver, a Kansas City Methodist minister serving in his ninth term, delivered the opening prayer as the U.S. House began a new session Sunday.
The inclusion of "Awoman" immediately drew jeers and criticism from numerous individuals - mainly conservatives - since "Amen" is, in fact, not a gendered term, but instead Latin for "so be it." .
The uproar over Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's modification of the opening prayer for the 117th Congress to include the phrase "Amen and a-woman" was a case of "orchestrated outrage", the Missouri Democrat told Fox News Tuesday. He also included Hindu god Brahma in the invocation.
The "woke" prayer comes after a committee proposed changes in house rules to "honor all gender identities" and eliminate words with inherent genders such as "father" or "mother". May the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace - peace in our families, peace across this land and, dare I ask, oh Lord - peace even in this chamber, now and ever more.
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He said: 'We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and "god" known by many names by many different faiths'.
"The prayer wasn't for them", he added.
The prayer to open the 117th Congress ended with "amen and a-women".
"Being that "Amen" has nothing to do with gender and is actually derived from an ancient Hebrew word meaning 'so be it, ' we never fail to impress here in the Show-Me State, do we?" tweeted former Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, now a popular radio talk show host in St. Louis.
"In doing so, they have proven one point of my greater message - that we are all 'soiled by selfishness, perverted by prejudice and inveigled by ideology'".