The dancers at the Foxhole in Coschocton County, Ohio, are used to arriving at work to the sounds of protests from members of the nearby New Beginnings Ministries church. But the same couldn’t quite be said for the churchgoers, who showed up for services on Sunday and were greeted by the sight of bikini-clad protesters.
For the last four years, the pastor at New Beginnings has led a protest outside the Foxhole every weekend. Beyond just voicing their disapproval of the strip joint, the church members also videotape the license plates of the bar’s patrons and then post the info online.
So the crew at the Foxhole decided to give the churchgoers a taste of their own medicine, sitting outside the church in skimpy outfits and cooling each other down with Super Soakers as they grilled up burgers.
They also held signs with Bible quotes like:
Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing
Revelations 22:11: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still
The strip club’s owner has unsuccessfully tried to sue the church for their protests, but now he’s hoping that this table-flipping will help to put an end to things.
“When these morons go away, we’ll go away,” he said. “The great thing about this country is that everyone has a right to believe what they want.”
One of the Foxhole dancers, a married mother-of-six, says the protesters outside the strip club every weekend are ill-informed:
These church people say horrible things about us… They say we’re homewreckers and whores. The fact of the matter is, we’re working to keep our own homes together, to give our kids what they need.
The New Beginnings pastor counters that he and the other protesters aren’t there to condemn the dancers, but to offer them a way out. “I tell them, ‘I will put a roof over your heads, and your bills will be paid, and your children’s bellies will be full,’” he explains.
The pastor says the protests outside his church of only served to confirm the churchgoers’ feelings. “They have now seen the evil firsthand,” he says. “This has just made us stronger.”
The Foxhole owner sees things differently. “They’re just mad,” he said, “because their wives won’t let them come to my club.”