Strippers Protest Church that Protests Against Them

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
(photo: Kyle Robertson, Columbus Dispatch)

Every weekend for the past four years, Pastor Bill Dunfee of the New Beginnings Ministries church in Warsaw, Ohio, has led his flock in protesting the existence of the Foxhole strip club. Having grown tired of the picketing and videotaping of customers, the strip club decided to fight back—and began protesting outside the church during its weekly services. The strippers are now found lounging in lawn chairs outside the church, sporting bikinis or see-through clothing.

“When these morons go away, we’ll go away,” club owner Tommy George told the Columbus Dispatch. “The great thing about this country is that everyone has a right to believe what they want.”
Dunfee has called George “a parasite, a man without judgment,” adding: “The word of Jesus Christ says you cannot share territory with the devil.”
In November 2007, George sued New Beginnings Ministries, alleging unconstitutional harassment, but two years later his federal lawsuit was dismissed.
-Noel Brinkerhoff


Matt 7 years ago
Reducing women to sex objects. Hmmm. I think not. Those women are probably very happy doing what they do and if not are well compensated enough to get beyond those feelings. No one forces them to dance naked in a private establishment for their own personal gain. Remember they gain too. The club owner just provides them a venue to showcase their talent and be able to profit from that talent. It takes a lot to get up on a stage in front of strangers either with or without clothing on. Ask someone who does it with clothes and see how easy they say it is. Now these poor ladies and their employer are being harrassed by people who want to force their beliefs upon them. The dancers are not stealing anything, they're providing a service. One that obviously needs fulfilling since the club has been doing business enough to remain open for at least four years. Plus don't forget all the excessive taxes and registrations and other unfair charges that the club owner is forced to pay just to open his doors. Those fees, fines, registrations, and such pay for all those community services the churches don't provide to anyone anymore. Remember the day when communities could count on their church to help in times of need? Nowadays churches only ask for your donations so they can give it away to whom? Seems they don't give what they get for sure otherwise we wouldn't have so many folks in need. Don't forget either that the community they are in has voted on the provision to allow this type of business in that town also. Did they vote to allow that church to hassle town business owners too? Probably not. The church priest has taken it upon himself to start a cause of disruption in order to probabaly cover up his own indescretionary romps with prostitutes or online surfing always gravitating to those lustful sex sights where they display raunch and explicit gay man videos. And the pastor has found his credit card bill exceeding the limit so needs to find ways in which to fund it. Who knows for sure. But the more I observe people, the more often they show themselves to do exactly what they proclaim to either not do or be offended by or say they do not condone or agree with. The ones hollering the loudest are always the ones who are most guilty too. Chew on that protestors of a legal business.
Nancy Shockey 7 years ago
It takes great courage and self-sacrifice to deligently protest over four years. I respect that. I do not know enough about HOW the protest is being conducted or what the hearts of the people doing the protesting is. However, I admire them for putting feet to their Faith and actually making a stand against the filth that is taking over our country. I do KNOW this - there is absolutely NOTHING in it for them. They are not putting themselves through the humiliation, ridicule, or personal loss for ANY personal gain. Can't say that for the strip joing owner. Think about it!!! He stands to gain financially from reducing women to sex objects and these people just want to protect others (even those involved) from become enslaved to the pursuit of sexual gratification. Perhaps they LOVE that mother of six enough to try to help her see there are other ways of providing for her children than immorality. Its for sure the owner only wants to USE them for his gain. Again, I admire them for their faithfulness and I'm sure they have suffered physically, emotionally and perhaps even financially. May God Bless them and their families and may they actually reach out a hand in love to those who are employed there.

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