Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Russian priest tricked into blessing a strip club

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A quick gem here courtesy of Christina Martin:

A priest in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk was tricked by the owners of a lapdancing club into offering a blessing for their fine establishment.

Father Nickolai, an Orthodox priest, was told that Studio 74 gentlemen's club was a training school for ballet dancers and only discovered later that it was a venue for a differing kind of dancing.

Despite the priest's outrage the club's owners are delighted, claiming the blessing is responsible for the fact that business is now booming: "Ever since we had this sacred act performed on our premises customers say they have experienced an entirely new atmosphere here and more people are coming in. The blessing seems to be working."

So nothing to do with the naked women, then?