Pastors Arrested, Praying Outside of WH

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WASHINGTON -- Two pastors spent the day in jail after kneeling and praying outside the White House in a restricted area.

The men said since President Obama didn't attend any of the National Day of Prayer events Thursday, they brought the prayer to him. Before they were handcuffed and taken away, the two African-American pastors said they're particularly upset with the president for not taking a stand against abortion, especially in the black community.

"Over 1,400 black babies a day are dying," said Reverend Stephen Broden of the Dallas, Texas Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church.  "Everyday at the end of the day when the sun goes down, they are lynched out of their mother's womb, which should be the safest place on earth for a baby."

"For the president to say that he simply wants to reduce the number of abortions is an insult," said Broden's fellow protestor, Reverend Johnny Hunter, the founder of Life Education & Resource Network.  "I'm so glad this fellow wasn't around during the times of slavery.  He would have been saying 'we want to reduce the number of slaves.'"

The pastors were given three warnings before they were arrested and charged with failure to obey a lawful order.

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