A group of exotic dancers showed up topless to an Ohio church’s Sunday service to protest efforts by the pastor and parishioners to shut down a local strip club.
Thomas George, the owner of the Foxhole North strip club, participated in the demonstration, along with about 30 of his dancers, other staff members, family and friends, the Coshocton Tribune reported.
Some partially-nude Foxhole supporters held signs and marched outside New Beginnings Ministries, while others passively protested by sitting in chairs across from the church, the Tribune reported.
The church’s pastor, Bill Dunfee, and his congregation had been fighting to put the private gentlemen’s club out of business for nearly nine years, according to the Tribune.
“They come up every weekend, and they’re very abusive and certainly un-Christian-like, calling the girls [bleeped] and [bleeped],” George told Ohio’s WBNS-TV. “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.”
Dunfee hired an off-duty sheriff’s deputy to stand guard during Foxhole’s protest at his church, and they’ve remained mostly peaceful demonstrations, WBNS reported. Both Dunfee and George independently said they plan to keep up their protests to keep the other in check.
“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,” Dunfee told WBNS.
Ohio has no laws against women appearing topless in public, so Foxhole’s protest didn’t appear to be illegal, both the Tribune and WBNS reported.
WBNS’ cameras rolled as one church-goer got in to an altercation with a Foxhole supporter:
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