Strippers Protest Topless Outside Church
Strip club owner says churchgoers abuse his staff, customers
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2014 2:03 PM CDT
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)

(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.

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Aug 24, 2014 2:53 PM CDT
New Beginnings Pastor Bill Dunfee needs to repent his evil ways and to learn to forgive instead of judge. As a pastor, it is his duty to teach his flock to forgive and to help to HEAL his community, not to police and not to judge. May God forgive him for his hubris and his arrogance. I pray that God will teach this man forgiveness and patience!
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Aug 14, 2014 2:36 PM CDT
Last time I checked, Christ didn't want his flock spreading his word through hateful and hurtful means. It appears the church members here are the ones acting like bad guys. Bullying people to stop their behaviors surely isn't a Christian way of doing things. If they church wants to get changes in their city or county, they ought to fight the authority who permitted the club to be there - the local government. I don't agree with what the strip club employees have done either. What happened to "Love thy neighbor" or "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"?
Aug 13, 2014 10:07 PM CDT
God Bless strippers and to hell with hypocrite Christians and all their hate-mongering allies! At least strippers give some people pleasure. All Christians sell is hate, morning, noon, and night.