Alex Massie

Strippers vs Christians

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As a Michigan man, Jon Chait naturally takes a great interest in monitoring life in

the World's Worst State

the great state of Ohio. Hats-off to him for alerting me to this story that, with its elements of absurdity and obsession, bloody-mindedness and defence of free expression is, in a small way, a quintessentially American tale:

WARSAW, OHIO: The owner of an Ohio strip club and a few of his dancers have been protesting the services at a church that has kept heat on the club.

Women in bikinis sat in camp chairs Sunday outside the New Beginnings Ministries church in Warsaw, about 60 miles northeast of Columbus.

Owner Tommy George of the Foxhole club in nearby Newcastle says he and his employees decided to start coming to the church because they were fed up. George says for four years church Pastor Bill Dunfee and his congregation have bothered the club's weekend patrons armed with bullhorns, signs, and video cameras for posting customers' license plate numbers online.

Dunfee calls George a ''parasite'' and says seeing the protesters outside the church has strengthened the resolve of his flock.

Shamefully, there's no art to go with the piece. Another journalistic failure...

UPDATE: As friend BW observes, the strip-club is called the Foxhole. How many atheists will you find there? Plenty, I guess.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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