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Church Protests Strippers So Strippers Protest Church

Church Protests Strippers So Strippers Protest Church

Everyone loves a good “man bites dog” story, and this most definitely qualifies.  Via Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture War, a group of “dancers” became so fed up with a church targeting their workplace, they’ve decided to turn the tables.

Now the strippers are protesting the church.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

The battle that has heretofore played out in the parking lot of George’s strip club – the Foxhole, a run-down, garage-like building at a Coshocton County crossroads called Newcastle – has shifted 7 miles east to Church Street.

Every weekend for the last four years, Dunfee and members of his ministry have stood watch over George’s joint, taking up residence in the right of way with signs, video cameras and bullhorns in hand. They videotape customers’ license plates and post them online, and they try to save the souls of anyone who comes and goes.

Now, the dancers have turned the tables, so to speak. Fed up with the tactics of Dunfee and his flock, they say they have finally accepted his constant invitation to come to church.

It’s just that they’ve come wearing see-through shorts and toting Super Soakers.

George said the protest has been a long time coming. He sued the church in federal court several years ago, claiming a violation of his constitutional rights, but he lost. Now, he said, turnabout is fair play.

“When these morons go away, we’ll go away,” George said. “The great thing about this country is that everyone has a right to believe what they want.”

 

The targetting being done by the church is very familiar to anyone who knows much about clinic defense for abortion providers.  The intimidation tactics of writing down license plate numbers of clients, protesting, praying loudly, and offering redemption and support (both emotional and financial) are typical of any religiously charged protest. 

What is wonderful here is that the strippers have brought the fight back to the protesters, in their own personal space.  And how to deal with that befuddles the church.

 

The first few weeks, Dunfee piped the sermon outside. But that “agitated” them, he said, and made them dance in the streets.

These women are refusing to be harassed, intimidated, or in any other way bullied.  They have tried to remind people that this is the work they do, and how they support their own families.

Is it good that women should have to resort to stripping to feed their children?  Of course not.  But to try to bully them out of their jobs is even worse, and it is good that the women are standing up for themselves.

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12:24AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Kudos to the ladies!!
No one has the right to violate another person's privacy the way these "church-people" were doing.
Keep on enjoying, and dancing to, the church music--if nothing else, you'll get on some "holy nerves", and drum up business for yourselves at the same time!

12:16AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Good for the strippers! At least they are not trying to force women to make health care decisions based on a church's interpretation of "god's will".

3:42PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Guess they didn't turn the other cheek. Good for them!

3:39PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

The old abolitionist phrase "The only way to reform morals is to ruin purses" is at play here. Unfortunately, the moral corrupters won't take the message and change their ways! This is where the Church must stand as the anvil, waiting out the sneers and blows until those have passed and it still stands. Peace to Dunfee and his congregation. May they long prevail!

6:42AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Anybody or any organizations that overstep their boundaries are bullies. Apparently, the Church doesn't know where the boundaries are or doesn't recognize where them. Time to educate the Church on where those boundaries are. A lawsuit maybe?

5:36AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

I vote to ban churches.

8:58AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Humanity will not be free until all forms of religion is banned, outlawed and sent to the trash dumpster for good!

10:18AM PST on Jan 29, 2011

i work as a male stripper in dublin ireland with www.elitekissagrams.com but i would have came to that church with the strippers to protest also just for the laugh

10:21PM PDT on Sep 29, 2010

I dont really agree with women stripping for money just because i have a daughter and i wouldn't be happy at all to know that my little girl is taking her clothes off for some man just to earn some money! For those who do strip good for you its just not something i agree with!

12:33PM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

Good for the ladies. Sex is a normal part of our biology. The church has no right to badger any one. Most of them don't follow the Christ any way. His ways have been mutated by the current person wanting personal glory. I have seen a father outfit his small son (under 10 years old) in military garb, and have him standing in front of an adult store with signs. Now that is pornographic to me.

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