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Responses to lap dancing plans
10:05am Sunday 13th November 2011 in Rev Kevin Logan column
I’VE had a greater variety of responses to lap dancing this week than I’ve had hot dinners.
One Muslim shopkeeper took “as many petition forms as you’ve got”, adding “I’ll duplicate more if needed.” He was one of hundreds who stopped last Saturday to back the growing protest against Accrington’s first sex entertainment venue.
“Every one of my people will sign,” he called over his shoulder.
Owners of an Accrington hair salon said all their customers were up in arms because lap dancing turns women into “mere sex objects”.
Others were shocked that the lap dancing club was so near the parish church, a few yards from where children disembark daily from school buses, a corner away from the library and on a high street used by young families.
One said that there already existed a problem club, adding, “How many more hot spots do we want per square mile”. Another asked, “Who wants a mini red-light district?”
The oddest response came from a church. The vast majority, including bishops, were determined to protest, agreeing that evil flourishes when good men do nothing.
“I want us to be positive,” said the pastor who refused the petition, “I don’t want us to be known as the church that was negative; that closed down the lap dancing bar.”
He wanted to concentrate on the positive Good News that Jesus brings into people’s lives and the fact that he was a friend of sinners.
All true, but didn’t Jesus also whip out robbers from his Father’s house, and wasn’t he negative about those scribes and Pharisees, and didn’t he command his followers to be salt and light?
A full gospel requires we preach the good and stand against evil.
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