24th Annual Bible Reading Marathon Kicks Off at Capitol!

Rev. Rob Schenck opens the US Capitol Bible Reading Marathon by reading Genesis 1 in both Hebrew and English

Faith and Action president and lead missionary, the Reverend Dr. Rob Schenck, opened this year’s Marathon by anointing the corners of the famed West Terrace of the US Capitol Building, the same spot where the presidential inaugural platform is constructed each Inauguration Day and the where the newly-elected president swears the oath of office. Dr. Schenck also read the first verse of Genesis in Hebrew and in English. From there, Pastor Hall and others took over reading. Dr. Schenck read again for four straight hours in the middle of the night and in the rain.

“Whether or not people are listening or are even present, it’s important to continue reading,” said Schenck. “It’s the continuous nature of the event that captures attention, which is a good thing not only because members of Congress and the people that work for them start talking about the Bible, but also because reading like this is an exercise of our First Amendment rights. Our constitutional rights are like muscles, if you don’t use them, you’ll lose them. It’s important that we defend and preserve these rights by publicly acting on them in sometimes dramatic ways, and the annual marathon is dramatic in its own way.”

The Marathon will continue through Thursday, May 2, the National Day of Prayer, when it will close with a special ceremony on a stage erected on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The public is encouraged to attend. Readers are also still needed. For more information see http://www.dcbiblemarathon.org or write to peggy@faithandaction.org.

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