August 10th, 2010 16:44 EST
Epic Battle Between Strip Club Owner And Preacher: Whose Side Would Jesus Take?
"Strip-club owner Tommy George rolled up to the church in his grabber-orange Dodge Challenger, drinking a Mountain Dew at 9 in the morning and smoking a cigarette he had just rolled himself.
Pastor Bill Dunfee stepped out of a tan Nissan Murano, clutching a Bible in one hand and his sermon in the other, a touch of spray holding his perfectly coiffed `do in place.
Inside the New Beginnings Ministries church, Dunfee`s worshippers wore polyester and pearls.
Outside, George`s strippers wore bikinis and belly rings.
Both men agree it is classic sinners vs. saints. But George says it is up to America to decide which is which and who is who." Holly Zachariah/The Columbus Dispatch
Holly has the perfect surname to be a full-time religion writer for the Columbus Dispatch. I love your vibe Holly, I`m a fan.
When evangelical ministers want to drum up a little publicity (and donations) they picket a strip club or adult book store. When the saints are in close proximity to "sinners" it gets them all hot and bothered, and ready to fight evil by filling up the collection plates.
For four years pastor Dunfee and his posse of sanctimonious saints have protested in front of strip club owner Tommy George`s establishment. George isn`t engaged in a criminal enterprise, and he should be allowed to earn an honest living without interference from a bunch of religious prudes.
George finally got fed up with Dunfee`s bullying tactics, and he has turned the tables on the preacher. Every Sunday George and his gaggle of provocatively dressed strippers sit in front of the church.
Unfortunately, George`s sit-in protest in front of Dunfee`s sanctuary may work out to the benefit of the preacher. I bet the holy men of the congregation will eschew watching football to hear the holy word of God, and to catch a glimpse of the scantily-clad strippers.
The strip club owner`s tactics are a lot more civil and Christian than Dunfee`s way of doing business, George doesn`t videotape the members of the congregation and post their images online.
George is a patient and tolerant man, he would make a great pastor. The strip club owner should open his own church, where everybody would be embraced with open arms. There would be no dress code, come as you are in a g-string or a granny dress.
If Jesus walked on this planet today: WWJD? I don`t know the mind of Jesus, but I bet he would feel more comfortable in George`s church.
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