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Clerical leaders arrested for Capitol protest

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some clergy have been arrested for staging a prayer protest in the U.S. Capitol.

With the House and Senate focused on debt-limit legislation at opposite ends of the Capitol, eleven religious leaders praying against budget cuts that would hurt the poor were arrested Thursday in the Rotunda midway between the two chambers.

Those arrested included a rabbi and leaders of the United Methodist Church, Church of the Brethren, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Church of Christ.

The Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, told protesters outside the Capitol that his colleagues had grown frustrated with the debt impasse and felt they weren't being heard.

Gaddy said, "It is time for people of faith and good will to speak up, and it is time for some politicians in Washington to grow up."

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