Arizona Senator Mocks “God-Haters” Over Criticism After Leading “Tongues Prayer” Against Abortion Ruling

The Arizona Republic reports:

Arizona Sen. Anthony Kern invited a prayer group to the Senate floor on Monday. Kern led the group, who spoke in tongues, through a prayer as they knelt over the state seal. “Let it be so, Father God,” Kern said. “Lord, right now, we ask thee to release the presence of the lord in the senate chamber.”

Jeanne Casteen, the executive director of Secular Arizona, a nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes the separation of church and state in Arizona, called attention to the video on X. Many users were baffled by the senator’s behavior, citing First Amendment violations and false practices of Christianity.

However, Kern doubled down on his actions as he responded to critics in an X post. “Looks like our prayer team stirred up some god-haters … Not to worry though…prayer over our state at the State Senate is way more powerful,” he wrote.

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Below is my previous recap of Kern’s history.

Last month Arizona Republicans advanced Kern’s bill to post the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms.

Kern, who is under investigation by the feds as a fake elector, appeared here in January 2024 for his bill that would let the Arizona legislature overturn the result of a presidential election.

Kern appeared here in March 2023 for his bill that would shield lawyers for filing false election lawsuits.

Kern also appeared on JMG that month when he introduced a bill that would effectively criminalize drag shows.

Before that, we heard from him in August 2022 when he and US Rep. Paul Gosar were ordered to pay a Democratic state lawmaker $75,000 for filing a “lawsuit for the purpose of harassment.”

In 2014, Kern was fired from a local police department for lying to superiors. In 2020, Kern joined then-US Rep. Louie Gohmert in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Electoral Count Act.

Also in 2020, Kern was among the 11 local Republicans who falsely claimed to be Arizona electors. In January 2021, Kern tweeted a video showing himself as present during the attack on the US Capitol.

In April 2021, reporters spotted him counting ballots inside the Maricopa County election center, despite rules saying that the counters must be nonpartisan.