An Ohio church is suing a strip club and its scantily clad staff for protesting outside the house of worship during the past five years.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1Lnk5ok ) New Beginnings Ministries Pastor William Dunfee filed the lawsuit against Foxhole strip club owner Thomas George and his employees last Friday in Columbus federal court.

The suit claims the topless protesters violated the Warsaw church's First Amendment right to religious freedom and the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Dunfee is asking the court to order protesters to stop blocking church entrances, intruding on church property and intimidating parishioners.

George called the claims "very false." He organized the protests after losing a suit against the church in 2009 for picketing outside his establishment.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com