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Entire Bible being read aloud on US Capitol steps

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the west steps of the U.S. Capitol, the entire Bible is being read aloud, non-stop, from Genesis to Revelation.

The 24th annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon started Sunday evening with the opening words of Genesis and will continue day and night until the last Amen of Revelation is read on Thursday, the National Day of Prayer.

The marathon's director, the Rev. Michael Hall, says it takes about 90 hours to read the Bible aloud cover to cover, with volunteers stepping up to the podium and taking turns, sometimes under umbrellas in pouring rain.

The readers have no microphone or speakers to amplify their message, so tourists often give the readers a curious look and pass by.

But Hall says foreign visitors are often surprised that Americans are free to read the Scriptures aloud at their seat of government.

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