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“The Life Center: A Spiritual Community” in Panama City Beach, Fla., said it’s a church by day, and youth ministry by night. But when it posted a sign promoting “iDrinks” and hosting parties dubbed “Amnesia: The Tabernacle” — where partygoers could paint on the unclothed bodies of the “sexiest ladies on the beach” — authorities took a closer look. Despite being run by the former pastor of Faith Christian Family Church, Markus Q. Bishop, the “church” has lost its tax-exempt status. Officials say the church-run nightclub, which was open seven days a week, “has been engaging in activities unbefitting of a church.” (RC/Panama City News-Herald) ...Well that can’t possibly stand: Florida has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act law.
Original Publication Date: 05 April 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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