The New Beginnings Ministries, an Ohio, U.S. church has filed a federal lawsuit against a strip club and to stop strippers from protesting in the church topless on Sundays. Church members last Friday protested against the strip club located close to their church, a reason the club’s strippers plan a counter protest at the church. The suit seeks to bar the Foxhole North strip club’s owner, Thomas George, and his employees from carrying out their public nudity show at the church. Gorge described the suit as “frivolous” and accused the church’s pastor of using the same reason he stages protest against abortion clinics to sue him.
“Isn’t that ironic that he likes to protest abortion clinics and he uses that law to fight me,” George told Reuters.
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 1994 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. Reuters said Dunfee and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment. 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.