What happens when you turn your culture over to the dictates of online Twitter mobs and anti-intellectual social activists? This:
That's Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri delivering the opening prayer for the first session of the 117th Congress. But he's more than a representative. Cleaver is also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and holds a Masters of Divinity degree from St. Paul School of Theology. He served as the minister of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City until 2009.
In other words, he should know better. It seems virtually impossible for a man of his educational background not to be aware that the English term "amen" is not a gendered word. It has nothing to do with an individual's sex or gender identity. The roots of the word go back to a Hebrew term that means "truth" or "certain." Older English translations of Scripture see it being used synonymously with the term "verily" or "truly." Invoking the term at the end of a prayer is universally understood among religiously literate people to mean "so be it," signifying that truth has been spoken.
You can't tell me a man who pastored a church for decades and has a graduate degree in theology doesn't know that.
So what's actually going on here? Well certainly, with several familial ties to the Black Panther Party, Cleaver is no stranger to radicalism. But this isn't that. No, radicalism stands up, and what Cleaver is doing here is laying down. He's panderingly prostrating himself before the false god of intersectionality in the hopes of currying its fickle favor, if only for a moment.
It's the same thing that NBC News was doing earlier that very same day:
To be sure, that is every bit as anti-intellectual as Cleaver's "a-woman" prayer. The abuse of reason that is the hallmark of this religion is morally criminal. Non-gay actors can't pretend to be gay actors on the screen because they aren't really gay and so it's not authentic. But this is the same movement that says biological men can pretend to be women in real life even though they aren't authentically women.
And if you push back against either of those two conclusions, the cult will cancel and destroy you. No matter how illogical it becomes, identity politics is a jealous and angry god that won't think twice about chewing you up and spitting you out (just ask J.K. Rowling) if you don't pay proper tribute.
That's how you get to the point where once self-respecting people with capable brains strut around using phrases like pregnant "person" instead of mother. Everyone knows it's silly, just like "a-woman," but this is a holy war and those who want to survive it are deathly afraid of being labeled an infidel.
At some point, of course, this all implodes. It's unsustainable because like any child who tells a lie to cover a previous lie to cover a previous lie, the web becomes so tangled it's eventually impossible to avoid contradicting yourself. And the moment you do, the same woke Twitter mob you had allied and marched with eagerly demands your own crucifixion.
There is, of course, a better way. Humbling our arrogant hearts and submitting to the Lordship of Christ rather than worshiping the latest spirit of the age offers a far easier yoke and far lighter burden. But man, in every era, in every civilization, always thinks he has a better, more enlightened way. And they will put themselves through Hell before they'll admit they have chosen the wrong deity.
Can I get an a-woman?