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.
Lawsuit reignites a bitter feud between an Ohio church and a strip club - Business Insider
I was taking a drive in the country and spotted this place. Unbelievable that there is a club here, almost in Amish country. Let me tell you how to get there, you go to BFE, go thru it and make a left and go about 20 more miles, thats how far out this place is. From the outside it looks like its definately seen better days.
Lawsuit reignites a bitter feud between an Ohio church and a strip club
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.
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.