Monday, September 11, 2006

Jesus Loves Jenna

At least now I won't feel like I'm being judged while handling my business to a Jenna flick...

Hate the sin, love the stripper.

That's the idea behind a new sign for the Proposition 401 campaign, a large white-and-red banner proclaiming "JESUS LOVES JENNA & GIRLS."

The sign went up Tuesday on the exterior of the Rock Church, an Assemblies of God congregation located in a strip mall across the street from Babe's Cabaret in Scottsdale, AZ

Babe's, of course, is partly owned by Jameson, the world's most famous porn star. The sign was the brainchild of Pastor Dale Gray, who wanted to assure Jameson and the strippers that God loved them despite all that semi-nude dancing.

"In the midst of all the mudslinging that's going on, they need to know that as people we don't hate them," said Melissa Irwin, the church's youth pastor. "I've done a lot of bad things, but it doesn't mean that God doesn't love me and it doesn't mean that somebody else can't love me."

The Rock Church has endorsed 401, which would essentially outlaw lap dancing at Scottsdale strip clubs. The clubs say it would put them out of business. Voters decide the issue Tuesday.

The sign has led to a rare outbreak of good feeling between the clubs and the churches.

"We love them, too," said Lamar Whitmer, a spokesman for the committee opposed to 401, which is funded by the clubs.