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Monday, August 9, 2010

Strippers Protest Ohio Church After Church Protests Stripclub

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 11:55 AM

And now a reading from the book of Penthouse.
  • And now a reading from the book of Penthouse.

The congregation of New Beginnings Ministries church in Warsaw, OH, has been none too pleased with the Foxhole, a stripclub nearby where the generally un-church-like wares of women and booze are offered. For the past four years, Pastor Bill Dunfee has enlisted his flock in a guerrilla war against the stripclub: signs, bullhorns, protests, threatening customers with pictures and videos showing license plates and faces.

Tommy George, owner of the Foxhole, has been none too pleased about the church's actions. Pious protesters, after all, can't be good for business. Choosing to go tit-for-tat, George has enlisted his own flock in his own guerrilla war against the church.

Dancers from the Foxhole donned their best bikinis and perched themselves in lawn chairs in front of New Beginnings Ministries, ostensibly to show off just how wonderful not only God's creation is, but the local plastic surgeon's as well.

According to the Columbus Dispatch:

They sat in front of the church and waved at passing cars but largely ignored the congregation behind them.

Likewise, the churchgoers largely ignored the dancers. Except for Stan Braxton. He stopped and held hands with Lola, a 42-year-old dancer who made $200 on her Saturday night shift, and prayed for her salvation.

Lola, who wouldn't give her last name, said she was grateful for Braxton's prayers and his time.

The women don't come here, after all, without their own version of religion. They bring signs with Scriptures written in neon colors:

Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing

Revelations 22:11: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still

Greg Flaig is executive director of the Ohio Owners Coalition, a group of showbar and club owners. He called the women's protest extraordinary, saying he's never heard of anything like it in the country.

George said the protest has been a long time coming. He sued the church in federal court several years ago, claiming a violation of his constitutional rights, but he lost. Now, he said, turnabout is fair play.

"When these morons go away, we'll go away," George said. "The great thing about this country is that everyone has a right to believe what they want."

The pastor and the club's owner traded barbs in the press, though it seems George might have been the winner in the war of words thanks to this zinger: "They're just mad because their wives won't let them come to my club."

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