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Posted: April 3rd, 2012
Pastor puts stripper pole on pulpit

It’s all in the name of saving marriages.

The stripper pole on one side and a bed on the other are merely props for the Ohio pastor, whose focus of a series of sermons for his congregation is adding the spice back into lackluster marriages.

Called the Battle of the Sexes, the series is supposed to highlight the differences between what men and women want–starting of course in the bedroom.

In addition to the stripper pole, the pastor has added video games and sports equipment, to represent male needs. And to the bed, he has place candies, teddy bears roses and a bottle of wine for…you got it….women.

Obvious gender stereotyping aside, the move has gotten the pastor a lot of attention, much of it controversial. Some say the pulpit of any church is sacred and shouldn’t be defiled with such things as stripper poles. Others have no problem with the props, saying it helps get the message across.

The pastor is also encouraging those married in his flock to have sex each night for a week, to help cure what ails a failing marriage.


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