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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Unexpected: Strippers decide to counter-protest church

Strippers at the Fox Hole were tired of Pastor Bill Dunfee and several of his congregation appearing every Sunday to protest their choice of earning an income for four years. This past Sunday, they decided to counter-protest the New Beginnings Ministries church based, much like the Fox Hole, in Warsaw, Ohio.

The busybody Dunfee didn't merely stand outside of the strip club to voice his displeasure at how some people choose to make a living. He and his followers were busy blaring their opinions through bullhorns, attempted to dissuade potential customers from going in, and went so far as to video tape licence plates of customers and posting them online.

"The great thing about this country is that everyone has a right to believe what they want," Tom George, proprietor of the Fox Hole, told the Columbus Daily Dispatch.

Gina Hughes, a 30-year-old married mother of six, told the Dispatch that she's danced at the Fox Hole for a decade, and explained that she made $2,000 a week dancing.

"These church people say horrible things about us," Hughes said. "They say we're home-wreckers and whores. The fact of the matter is we're working to keep our own homes together to give our kids what they need."

Meanwhile, Dunfee insists that he's offered the dancers whatever they need to stop taking off their clothes. "I tell them, 'I will put a roof over your heads and your bills will be paid and your children's bellies will be full.' Yet they don't come inside."

Perhaps, dear Dunfee, this is because they would prefer to take off their clothes at that price, than the alternative of having you subsidize them at your price.

Here's the video segment from the Columbus Daily Dispatch:

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on August 10, 2010 in Freedom of expression | Permalink


I blame this conflict on the philosophy graduate students at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. If not for them, it is manifest these two groups would be living together harmoniously.

Posted by: Michael Cust | 2010-08-10 1:12:00 AM

There is a plain and simple way of looking at it, women who take their clothes off for the sake of money are whores and men who pay to have women take their clothes off are perverts. It can't get any more simplistic as that.

I wouldn't want that in my neighborhood either!

Posted by: Michael Ganoe | 2010-08-10 5:57:58 AM

I can understand why the strippers would tire of having their customers harassed. It's one thing to preach from the pulpit; it's another to mount a campaign of persecution and public vilification, which is a most un-Christian thing to do. Christianity is supposed to be about opening arms and hearts, not about driving wedges.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-10 6:24:36 AM

Shane, agreed.

Posted by: TM | 2010-08-10 8:42:48 AM

the dancers are hard on the eyes

Posted by: 419 | 2010-08-10 10:51:06 AM

"I wouldn't want that in my neighborhood either!"

-Too bad so sad.

Posted by: Cytotoxic | 2010-08-10 5:55:39 PM

I had to laugh at this one since it brought back memories from my younger years. A co-worker and I used to go for lunch at a place that also had strippers (up to a point), since the food was good and the girls nice looking. One day as we approached our usual place we had to wade through a picket line of some of the ugliest women one could image. They were protesting the choice of the young women working at the place. Based on their looks they would never have qualified for the same job, but my point is that the young women found it disgusting. They made it clear that they were making better pay doing that than most jobs offered, which helped to pay for them to complete their university studies. By the way they clearly did not operate as prostitutes. As no customers were lost nor did the young women lose their jobs, the disgruntled protesters finally gave up after a few days of being ignored.

The young women had the right to choose what they did, which was not illegal and the protesters had the right to protest as long as they did not block customers. I think the women who returned the favour to the pastor deserve kudos. Again perhaps the pastor would prefer to see all women dressed in burqas.

Posted by: Alain | 2010-08-10 8:22:55 PM

Au contraire, Michael Cust; clearly Canada is to blame.

Posted by: Lori Kennedy | 2010-08-10 10:08:08 PM

Alain, the big question is would you have a problem with your own daughter stripping? If you support strip clubs, support the right to strip for money and are consistent in your reasoning then you should have no problem if a family member engages in it. Yeah, you are right that a lot do it out of desperation(also, the pastor would probably have more success with a lighter approach). Its legal but if its so great how come many strippers don't advertise their career? Have you ever gone to one of your old class reunions? How many ladies there have ever told you that they were involved in stripping, porn, etc? Like I said its legal but it does carry the scarlet letter(at least in American society)!

Look the pastor and the strippers represent a 100-200 year old stalemate in American culture. Strip clubs and sex shops legally exist. Religious and many civil leaders protest. They use local zoning laws to keep the places out. Some local citizen groups(many non-religious) snap pictures and write down the license plates of people attending these locations.The end result is that the stuff stays legal but not respectable in polite company. It will be the same way in the U.S. another 100 years in the future. Maybe its different in Canada, I don't know. Its part of the ying and yang of american society. We have a Constitution that gives us so many freedoms. We have a society where such value is put on property rights. We have all this freedom and opportunity. Yet, these guaranteed freedoms cause Americans themselves to be concerned about chaos existing unless some level of order is mixed with these freedoms. In the end, it causes Americans to be conservative leaning(traditional values, emphasis on god and family) by nature to balance this out. Why do you think pro-family groups are so big down here? Its because of this fear that the loss of the family unit spreads chaos in the society! Its the same deal with why most Americans support school prayer,or why prostitution will never be legal in most U.S. states, why corporal punishment in the schools is allowed in many American states, or even why the drinking age is 21 here and not 18 like in Canada. It all comes down to the belief that if limits aren't laid down then anarchy will take hold. This is why Americans are so much more socially conservative than Canadians.

Posted by: Ted | 2010-08-10 10:44:55 PM

Ted, perhaps you could explain to us why your country is the biggest producer and exporter of smut and pornography being that Americans are so much more socially conservative than Canadians.

By the way the post was not about prostitutes and not all strippers are prostitutes nor do they all strip to total nudity.

Posted by: Alain | 2010-08-11 1:59:10 PM

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