Church Protests Strippers, So Strippers Protest Church

Ohio congregation gets a taste of its own medicine
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2010 6:12 PM CDT
Updated Aug 10, 2010 6:00 AM CDT
Church Protests Strippers, So Strippers Protest Church
An exotic dancer performs during the Exxxpoerotica in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, July 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

Sunday services at one Ohio church have had an unusual feature lately: strippers frolicking in front of the building. Fed up with protests by the New Beginnings Ministries community, which employs tactics like filming clubgoers' license plates and posting them online, employees of the Foxhole have begun traveling 7 miles to the church on Sundays to mount a counterprotest. "When these morons go away, we'll go away," the club owner tells the Columbus Dispatch.

Like the club protesters, the church protesters yesterday came armed with signs, including one that read: "Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing." "These church people say horrible things about us," said a bikini-clad dancer and mother of six. "The fact of the matter is, we're working to keep our own homes together, to give our kids what they need." Said the pastor of his congregants: "They have now seen the evil firsthand."
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