State Rep: "Don't eat, pray"

PA lawmaker’s resolution says COVID-19 is God’s “punishment” for our sins


What are politicians doing to help people in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta reports that Republican State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz of Pennsylvania is doing her part by filing a bill, House Resolution 835, calling on everyone to pray and not eat.

Because that’s how you defeat a virus in crazytown.

This is theocratic wish fulfillment. Just read through the language for “A State Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer.” Borowicz literally says that God sent this pandemic as a “punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”

The resolution isn’t about the pandemic. Borowicz is just using the virus as an excuse to shove her Christian faith upon everyone else.

It’s not the first time she’s done something like this. Almost exactly a year ago, on the day that Pennsylvania’s first Muslim legislator was sworn into office, Borowicz delivered an invocation that was widely seen as a slam on her new colleague. In 90 seconds, there were 13 mentions of Jesus. It was so bad, so rude, and so disrespectful that the new lawmaker, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, told reporters she expected to face discrimination as a Muslim woman “but I did not think it would come on the actual day of my swearing-in.”

Can you imagine the backlash that would have ensued if Johnson-Harrell ever filed anything like this?

But this is who Borowicz is. Everything is about Jesus…which might be fine if she were a preacher since that’s clearly the job she wants. Unfortunately, it’s not the job she has. Her job is to represent her constituents — including non-Christians — not shill for Jesus at a time when we need sensible lawmakers to use reason-based evidence to guide us through a life-altering virus.

What a waste of space in the Pennsylvania House.

(via @Elaijuh. Screenshot via YouTube)

The full text of the bill is posted on the left side of this page.

Note: The resolution was referred to the Comittee On State Government, March 23, 2020. It did not proceed out of the comittee.


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