The suit seeks to bar the Foxhole North strip club's owner, Thomas George, and his employees from coming to church topless on Sundays to protest church members' demonstrations on Friday nights at the club. George, defendant in the lawsuit filed by William Dunfee, pastor at New Beginnings Ministries, on Friday called the legal filing frivolous. The lawsuit filed by Dunfee last week, invokes the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act FACE , a statute signed by then-President Bill Clinton in that protects both reproductive health clinics and churches from protests that would intimidate or block access. Dunfee accuses George and his employees of intimidating and threatening congregants on Sundays at the church in Warsaw, Ohio, 60 miles northeast of Columbus. George says he and some of his employee have shown up topless to the church to protest of the church's Friday-night protests at his business 9 miles away.
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New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw filed the injunction against Foxhole North Owner Thomas George and many of the male and female strippers who work for him. The lawsuit, filed on Sept. Pastor William Dunfee and more than 30 members of his congregation named on the suit accuse strip club employees of intimidating church members and blocking church entrances and exits on days of worship. These actions, the lawsuit states, were in violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which protects rights to religious freedom. The battle began nine years ago when church members made it their mission to protest outside what they viewed as a sexually irresponsible business. George attempted to sue New Beginnings in , but after he lost in federal court, he and his employees took matters into their own hands. Strippers and others began protesting outside the church on Sundays, where upwards of would come to worship.
Bikini-clad strippers protest church in rural Ohio
The pastor, William R. Dunfee , said families including children have been entering through a back door. Still, the pastor vowed to go on with his vigils at a strip club that led to its dancers picketing at his church. Dunfee, who has read the Bible aloud and buttonholed patrons outside the strip club, the Foxhole, for nearly nine years.
In this Sunday, Aug. Officials are pleading for a pastor and an Ohio strip club owner to stop weekly protesting of each other's establishments over a years-long feud. Dunfee and men from the Warsaw church have protested outside the Foxhole North strip club in New Castle. The business has responded with Sunday morning protests outside the church, including a recent one by topless dancers. The Coshocton Tribune reports.