Churchgoers at New Beginnings in Warsaw, Ohio got a surprise when they arrived on Sunday: Topless dancers with protest signs.
The Coshocton Tribune reports the church has waged a 9-year war against Foxhole North, a “gentlemen’s club” up the road, staging protests outside the building and trying to get them closed.
Foxhole North Bar Owner Thomas George told reporters:
“We want to let (church members) know how it feels to be under scrutiny. They come up every weekend. They’re very abusive and certainly not Christian-like, not what I read in my Bible. I have to point out the hypocrisy I see and not stand by and let this go on week in and week out.”
125 people attended church services, and around 30 topless dancers and other employees and friends of the Fox Tail came to protest. Only six or so women actually bared their breasts, even though appearing in public topless is legal in the state of Ohio. Nonetheless, George took caution to protect churchgoers’ eyes by hanging a tarp along the entrance to the church.
Anny Donewald, founder of Eve’s Angels — a Christian ministry for strippers — came all the way from Grand Rapids, Mich. to show support for the Fox Tail’s topless dancers. She believes churches like New Beginnings give Christians a bad name:
“The Bible says, if you’re with someone and they don’t receive your message, brush your feet off and keep it moving. (The church) definitely needs to go away, because they’re causing so much of a problem and there’s no humility in that.”
But Pastor Bill Dunfee says he’s not going anywhere, and is determined to shut down the strip club. He told WBNS-10 TV:
“I hope that he will realize that the Foxhole has no business in this community. 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, that evil’s confronted.”
‘Christians’ confront topless dancers and protesters.
When church let out, things got more heated, with one s0-called “Christian” harpy screeching:
“Love is the answer, and you don’t have it, baby. God is love.”
And another woman — we assume all men were sent scuttling out the back door — howling:
“You know plenty about lust. You know plenty about sex. But you know nothing about LOVE.”
George also mentioned other church members calling the topless dancers names that were obscene enough to get bleeped out by the T.V. studio.
Wow. With “love” like that, who needs hate?
Here’s the video with a report from WBNS-10 TV.
Featured photo: Screen grab, WBNS-10 TV.