GOP lawmaker introduces bill declaring coronavirus is ‘punishment inflicted on us’ by God

A Republican state legislator believes coronavirus is a “punishment inflicted on us for our presumptuous sins” and has introduced a measure to designate March 30 as “A state day of humiliation, fasting, and Prayer,” in Pennsylvania.

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, the author of the legislation, said Pennsylvanians may find a day of fasting and prayer to be comforting.

“The united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our new divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.”

Last year, Borowicz sparked a small firestorm by fervently offering a prayer before the House of Representatives began its session. Many considered the prayer highly divisive and proselytizing, something that goes against the House’s prayer guidelines established by the chamber.

That apparently had little influence on Borowicz.

“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow; and with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth,” she writes in the measure.

HR 835 has at least one critic.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed Tuesday that 207 cases were recorded in the state, bringing the total to 851.

Megan Hamilton

Megan Hamilton has traveled extensively throughout the Southern United States, Mexico, and parts of Central America. A lifelong atheist, these travels have informed her political views. She currently lives in a remote location with a large herd of cats and four dogs.