I have no idea what Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was doing at the end of this prayer. It appears to be political correctness run amok:
The word “Amen” means “so be it.”
“Awoman” is not a word. Cleaver, however, must have thought that “Awoman” was the feminine version of “Amen.” But even if this were true, why would he pray for men in the plural (Amen) and women in the singular (Awoman).
Cleaver is a United Methodist minister who represents Missouri’s 5th congressional district. He pastored the St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City from 1972 to 2009.
According to The Hill, Cleaver may have been thinking about Nancy Pelosi’s new call for gender-neutral language in Congress.