Strippers Protest Topless Outside Church

Strip club owner says churchgoers abuse his staff, customers

By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 11, 2014 2:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – An Ohio strip club owner surprised churchgoers yesterday with a protest that involved, shall we say, nothing above the belt. Employees of the Foxhole North club staged the topless protest during services outside the New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw, to oppose church demonstrations at the club over the past nine years, 10TV reports. "They come up every weekend, and they're very abusive and certainly unchristian-like," said Foxhole owner Thomas George, who accused church members of hurling expletives at his dancers. "They're abusive to the customers. They sit out with video cameras, they take pictures of license plates, tell them they're posting them to the web."

New Beginnings Pastor Bill Dunfee, however, said he has no plans to back down. "I hope [George] will realize that the Foxhole has no business in this community," he said. "I take very seriously the responsibility as a pastor to see to it that the gospel of Christ is lifted up, that Christ himself is lifted up, and that evil is confronted." As for yesterday's protest, there were six topless women among the 30 dancers and other supporters (it's legal to be topless in Ohio, by the way). Churchgoers and protesters argued when services ended, and a few churchgoers picketed with signs of their own, but there was no violence, the Coshocton Tribune reports. Afterward, both George and Dunfee said they plan to continue their protests.

An older protest by supporters of the Foxhole club outside the New Beginnings Ministries Church in Warsaw, Ohio, this one on Aug. 22, 2010.
An older protest by supporters of the Foxhole club outside the New Beginnings Ministries Church in Warsaw, Ohio, this one on Aug. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
An older protest by supporters of the Foxhole club outside the New Beginnings Ministries Church in Warsaw, Ohio, this one on Aug. 22, 2010.
An older protest by supporters of the Foxhole club outside the New Beginnings Ministries Church in Warsaw, Ohio, this one on Aug. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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