Rep. Rashida Tlaib is facing blowback from a Catholic group after sharing a profane tweet about the National Day of Prayer.
The president of the Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights, Dr. William A. Donohue, issued a letter on Mondaycondemningthe Michigan Democrat for retweeting avulgar messagefrom Parkland, Florida, gun control activist David Hogg, which read“F— a National day of prayer.”
“As president of the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, I am requesting the House Committee on Ethics to issue a letter of reprimand to Rep. Rashida Tlaib,” Donohue wrote.
“Her reputation for using filthy language is well known, but it is typically aimed at some person whom she loathes. Many Christians and Jews loathe her for her hate speech as well, but they don’t resort to obscenities,” he continued. “Now she has targeted entire collectivities, crossing the line by insulting Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Mormons, Muslims and people of all faiths.”
Donohue referenced a 1921 moment during which a member of the House was censured for using “blasphemous and obscene” language. He argued that if Congress does not “reprimand” Tlaib, it would send the “wrong message to millions of Americans.”
Hogg’s tweet in full read, “Don’t let this administration address COVID-19 like our national gun violence epidemic. F— a National day of prayer, we need immediate comprehensive action.” Tlaib later addressed the matter on social media, saying it was not meant to be “an attack on prayer,” claiming that she was trying to “bring attention” to methods by which the federal government could combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Let me be clear as someone who has been praying through this all & as someone who attended the National Prayer Breakfast. My retweet was not to be an attack on prayer. It was to bring attention to the need for meaningful action to combat this public health crisis.