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Woman Arrested At Church

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A woman called our newsroom Sunday afternoon, saying she was arrested at her church Sunday morning, as she tried to walk in...barefoot.

Mabel Allen says she was arrested at Upper Room Fellowship Ministries in Humphries county.

She showed us the citation charging her with "disturbing a place of worship."

Allen insists she did nothing wrong.

She tells us she chooses to go barefoot in church out of respect.

She says according to her religious beliefs, shoes should be absent in the house of the lord.

Allen also says, not everyone in the church shares that belief.

"By law, they have to vote me out. They have to have a congregation vote before the church. They hear the pastor's side, whoever else is against me side, and they hear my side. If the congregation as a body says ' you can't come no more,' then I abide by that" says Allen.

She tells us she's been ordered to appear in court next week.

We talked to the pastor of Upper Room Fellowship Ministries on the phone Sunday evening.

She tells us she can't comment at this time.

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