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Turnabout

For four years, the New Beginnings Ministries church In Warsaw, Ohio, has been protesting at a local strip club, harassing customers. “The word of Jesus Christ says you cannot share territory with the devil,” says pastor Bill Dunfee. But Tommy George and the dancers that work for him at the Foxhole have started their own protest outside the church. The bikini-clad girls carried signs such as “Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing,” and “Revelations 22:11: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still.” Dunfee says the dancers’ presence has galvanized his congregation to redouble its efforts, but club owner George shrugs that off. “They’re just mad,” he said, “because their wives won’t let them come to my club.” (RC/Columbus Dispatch) ...Which is not to say they don’t go anyway.
Story Update: In 2014, Dunfee went too far and was arrested for criminal trespassing at the Foxhole. He and church members then started protesting at the local sheriff’s office, and the charges were dropped since it was unclear whether Dunfee was standing on Foxhole property, or town property. Local residents had enough, and demanded that the confrontations end, because the bad publicity is harming the town. “There’s a time you've got to put it down and walk away like Jesus did,’ a local said, but Dunfee refused: in 2015, he sued the Foxhole over its counter-protests, prolonging the feud he started.
Original Publication Date: 29 August 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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