Listen, cynics…don’t judge Washington’s David Van Vleet. He’s just a bearded old man wearing a windbreaker, who came from the dark woodland fringes of civilization demanding the home addresses of about six dozen strippers. Nothing at all to worry about…he’s just “a Christian” who “has a right” to pray for them by name. Oh, and he promises he’s “not going to harm them.”
So spake Van Vleet of the 70 or so strippers of DreamGirls at Fox’s in Parkland, where he as a Christian totally never goes. Recently, Van Vleet (a civil engineer by trade) requested through the state’s Public Records Act copies of all of the licenses of every girl working at the establishment.
Van Vleet regularly files public records requests as part of his job, so he knew well the intricacies of the state’s Public Record’s Act. The dancers’ business licenses (which include name, date of birth, picture, height, weight, eye color and home address) are part of the state’s public records, meaning that Van Vleet does have legal standing in the matter. In this case, it’s the State Public Records Act v. Free Speech and Privacy Protections in the Constitution.
Van Vleet was originally denied the files, for obvious reasons, and U.S. District Judge issued a preliminary injunction against the release of the files, along with a two-week restraining order requested by the club owner. That’s when Van Vleet , predictably, got all Constitutional.
“I was trying to do something for the public good because that’s why we have the record law.”
When the nightclub’s attorney Jenn Kaplan said they were guaranteed privacy by the Constitution, he replied that he was protected by the same Constitution. Though how that actually applies here, God only knows.
However, God apparently doesn’t know people’s names or where they live. Which was, of course, Van Vleet real reason for wanting the files.
“I would pray for those dancers by name. I’m a Christian. … We have a right to pray for people.
He promised Judge Ronald Leighton “I’m not going to harm them,” but the judge claimed not to be worried so much about him.
“You could leave their files at a coffee shop inadvertently.”
Or distribute them to all of your “Constitutional Christian” friends and Sovereign Citizen buddies. Or, you know…just stand outside the club selling copies of them for $5 a piece to anyone who was up for a bit of the old stalking-raping-murdering thing.
But, none of that really matters because (in that grand Christian tradition) really it was the strippers’ fault. They brought it on themselves by being slutty, and filing for (public record) business licenses so that greasy, bearded old men could shove money in their crotches. If they wanted to feed their kids, they shoulda just gotten themselves a man instead of a job.
The judge set the date for the final hearing on the injunction for December 15th. Van Vleet called his ruling:
We wonder what the policy is on filing for copies of Civil Engineers’ licenses in Washington State? Because we’d imagine there’s at least one club owner and 70 strippers’ boyfriends who’d love to know. Just for prayers’ sake.
He’ll probably need them soon.