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By Tom Gilson, The Stream, January 6, 2021

Tom Gilson (@TomGilsonAuthor) is a senior editor with The Stream and the author or editor of six books, including the recently released Too Good To Be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Democrat from Missouri and ordained United Methodist minister, led an invocation opening the 117th Congress this week, and closed it with a gloriously rude, insensitive display of Western cultural imperialism:

“We ask it in the name of the monothestic God, Brahma, and ‘God’ known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and awoman.”

I’ll let others deal with “awoman.” I was a whole lot more interested in his Eurocentric reference to “God known by many names by many different faiths.” I know he meant it as a sign of respect. Religious liberals do it all the time, usually because they don’t want to put anyone’s Christianity over anyone else’s beliefs. As with so much else in the liberal world, though, it’s a massive fail, a total self-contradiction.  …

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